The Kamehame Hadoken
is the ultimate (or sometimes just the basic, sometimes both
) Ki Attack
of any given martial-arts-based anime or video game. It almost always takes the form of a burst of weaponised ki
, shot from the cupped hands of the main character after bringing his/her hands forward from behind their back or aside their hip, and varying greatly in size and intensity. The attack is always derived from the latent power of the user, and the blast is incredibly
destructive, ranging from causing large personal property damage, to the destruction of large satellites, to possibly destroying the planet on which the character stands. It is frequently, though not always, a Finishing Move
Can be a form of Limit Break
. A staple for Shotoclones
, along with the Shoryuken
and Hurricane Kick
. Compare with BFG
, which is often the technological version, and Wave Motion Gun
, for the Humongous Mecha
or spaceship-scale version of that. Also Wave Motion Sword
, the sword version. Contrast Beam Spam
. Compare also Blasting Time
, where the character "throws" the energy attack.
In the introduction to the manga Dragonball, creator Akira Toriyama said that he named Goku's energy attack after Kamehameha I (King of Hawaii) after visiting Hawaii on vacation and seeing a statue of the king, though in-universe, Kamehameha translates in Japanese as "Turtle School Blast" or "Turtle Devastation Wave".
Contrast with Hand Blast
, where the attack is not tied to the attacker's Ki
. Depending on perception, both could be delivered by Power Palms
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Anime and Manga
- One of the powers of Empowered's suit. She usually fires it from one hand at a time, but has done the classic double-palmed Hadoken. Since the suit's an Empathic Weapon, it's usually really weak (in line with her self-esteem). Threaten her friends, though, and it'll suddenly set itself to 'Carbonise'.
- Yes, the Kamehameha shows up in Dragonball Evolution. Either from unmitigated gall or a need to give the studio's legal department a workout, the writers decided to call it airbending.
- Street Fighter II V had the same long channeling when Ryu was first learning it before he could use at-will. And the flying part may be an homage to when Goku first fought King Piccolo in Dragon Ball.
- While it wasn't very powerful in the games, Liu Kang's ki attack is used as a finishing move in the first Mortal Kombat film, where he uses it to throw Shang Tsung into the Spikes of Doom.
- Let's not forget The Sorcerers Apprentice.
Live Action TV
- Both Kenny Omega and Player Uno have been known to use the Hadoken - Omega's requires a few moments of concentration but is most always successful, and Uno's is rather instant but is regularly blocked by his opponent raising their forearms. Used once against his own partner Player Dos (then known as Stupified) to which Stup. complained against his use of superpowers.
- This clip features Japanese wrestler Men's Teioh channeling Ryu in a battle with Abdullah Kobayashi.
- The recent supplement to Mutants & Masterminds, Mecha & Manga, has the power, Devastating Blast. The power fits this trope entirely (as was intended in this anime-based supplement) and you may spend combat turns to charge the power, increasing the power's damage.
- Classic 1st-block Magic: The Gathering combo Channel and Fireball. 19 Health turned into mana + 1 point of other mana = 20pts of damage directly to your opponent's face. That's one big fireball.
- To add the nail to the coffin, the original combo was Black Lotus, Channel, and Fireball, which was incidentally a first turn (or alternatively, turn zero, as the opponent never gets a turn) One-Hit Kill. And keep in mind this was in the days before the number of copies of any card was restricted, so you could have a deck that consisted of literally nothing but Black Lotuses, Channels, and Fireballs. Think someone charging up a Kamehameha or Hadouken, and then think of their opponent unleashing a blast of equal or greater power before they get to finish the first syllable. Fun times.
- Also, later sets of Magic gave us Demonfire and Banefire, cards with similar effects to the classic Fireball. This is of course long after the days of the environment of Channel/Fireball, so obviously they require a much greater investment, so what makes them so special, you ask? They can't be countered or prevented as long as you have no cards left in hand or are dealing five or more damage with them, respectively. What they lack in First Turn Kill comboliciousness they make up for by being nigh unstoppable blasts of destruction.
- When Dungeons & Dragons first introduced the Warlock class, the core ability that defined the class was the Eldritch Blast, a single-target ranged attack that could be cast at-will and did massive amounts of damage on par with a rogue's sneak attack. This of course led to players shouting "Hadouken" and "Kamehameha" as they attacked.
- A supplemental book also introduced "Ki Blast," a moderately damaging blast of energy that ate up a Monk's use of Ki. As soon as Pathfinder's Beta came out and revealed that Monks would now use Ki Pools and have Ki Points, many a DM jumped on this with succeeding feats which upped the damage of the Ki Blast, until they hit Kamehame Hadoken levels of damage - some to the point that a gimped-out Monk built only for blasting their Chi could, while probably not able to outright kill, at least cut a Great Wyrm Red Dragon's HP in half by going from full Ki to zilch in one turn to power a mega blast.
- Exalted of course features these in abundance. They range from shooting Holy beams of light off of the edge of your sword (for Solars) to unleashing bolts of pure elemental energy (for the Dragon-Blooded).
- The second part of the name comes from the Hadoken ("Surge Fist"; the "hadou" part can also be translated as "wave motion", as in Wave Motion Gun) used by Ryu and Ken (and Akuma and Sakura) from the Street Fighter series, specifically the Shinkuu Hadoken (A big fireball in the canonical games and a huge beam in Marvel vs. Capcom and its successor Tatsunoko vs. Capcom; the latter fits the definition of the trope more.). It's even commonly said that the designers were inspired by the Kamehameha when they came up with the Hadoken.
- Chun Li's "Kikosho" attack is a stationary version of this. Rather than a beam of death, it's a Sphere of Destruction (which is an upgraded version of her standard projectile, the Kikoken, which fits here more neatly).
- There's a lot of 'em in Street Fighter. Aside from the mentioned:
- Dee Jay and Guile: Both are more accurately Razor Wind powers, done without swords, as they involve pressurized air manipulated by Ki instead of actual ki.
- Newcomer Juri can fire strange, slow moving purple versions using her feet
- Oro throws spherical versions, with the largest being a Combined Energy Attack.
- Rose and M. Bison have their own Soul and Psycho-powered fireballs, though whether these are Ki or Psychic attacks is debatable.
- Dan has the Gadouken, which he does one-handed and travels a pathetic distance (as part of the character's blatant mockery of Art Of Fighting*). However, as of Street Fighter IV, it no longer does pathetic damage as well, instead being more powerful and more damaging than Ryu's version. Particularly the Ultra form, where it's several times the size of Ryu's and so powerful it knocks Dan down.
- Batsu and Hideo of Rival Schools (and later Kurow as Vatsu in Project Justice) have assists where their partners do this with them (Batsu/Vatsu does it standing next to his partner firing their attacks together, whereas Hideo and his partner flank the opponent and "crush" him/her with their attacks). Burning Batsu in Project Justice uses a beam-firing variant.
- Art of Fighting's infamous Haoh Shoko Ken, used by series protagonists Ryo Sakazaki and Robert Garcia, is the Hado Ken on steroids. The move results in a massive wall of Ki that can drain the target of half their lifebar in a single blast! Their master (and father, in Ryo's case) can use it to even greater effect; capable of launching it three times rapidly in succession. And in their team's KoF 2000 ending, he uses it to deflect a blast from the Zero Cannon!
- Some Final Smashes in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, like the Mario Finale.
- The Pokemon Lucario's signature attack Aura Sphere is a blatant Hadoken look-alike of the large projectile variety, while its Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. Brawl is the continuous beam variety.
- Also in Pokemon are is the move Focus Blast, which is even described as working with Chi. There's also a number of Fighting pokemon that can learn Hyper Beam, which one can assume is performed the same way (Considering a number of Fighting type lack a mouth)
- Likewise, in Super Smash Bros. Melee, the Pokemon Mewtwo uses Shadow Ball, which resembles a purple-and-black Kamehameha.
- A number of Touhou characters have this technique at their disposal, but the most common variation is undoubtedly Marisa Kirisame's Master Spark (never mind that she has to cup a magical artifact in her hands to launch the beam; the pose is the same).
- Barret's final limit, Catastrophe, from Final Fantasy VII is a similar attack but is actually superheated plasma being shot from his Arm Cannon. It is, however, implied to be fueled by the very life essence of The Planet.
- Regal, of Tales Of Symphonia, has one of these. It is only ever seen once. Well, maybe twice.
- From Tales of Phantasia, DHAOS LASER! So friggin' powerful, it may as well qualify as a Wave Motion Gun.
- The Pyro of Team Fortress 2 has a taunt that mimicked this. The taunt instantly kills anyone standing next to it. Can be viewed here.
- There was a bug with the Soldier's Cow Mangler 5000 that can look like this. If the Soldier taunts while charging a shot, he will shoot a laser from his chest or hands.
- The bug persists with the Beggar's Bazooka, however instead of a laser, it's one to three rockets coming out of his hands. The "Director's Vision" special taunt looks the most like the trope.
- In Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter, the protagonist can perform this in the form of the 'Dragon Breath' attack, when using his Deadly Upgrade form. At the end of the game, he even manages to get in a Beam-O-War with an actual dragon.
- In Disgaea: Hour of Darkness (and its handheld ports), characters can level up their mastery of weapon types to gain various special attacks. For those of the martial artist career path, these attacks consist largely of simple punch and kick combos for the first few levels... until they obtain the 'Lions Roar' technique, which costs more than ten times as much mana as their previous moves, often requiring mana-boosting equipment to use even once per fight when it is first acquired. When the attack is used, the character somersaults into the sky, pushing their back up against the lens of the isometric camera, and throws an enormous Kamehame Hadoken, killing everything within a large radius of their original position before falling gently to earth. Awesome.
- The Blazing Palm special in Disgaea 3 is a much more modest fiery Kamehameha, without the absurd MP cost of Lion's Roar. The Nekomata monster class gets its own version of this: Cat Blast.
- One of the attacks of Soulgain in Super Robot Wars is called Seiryuu Rin... which is practically this trope exemplified. While weaker than Soulgain's other attacks, it's the only attack that allows multi-enemy targeting.
- Zeus Guys in Yoshi's Island use this as their primary attack.
- In Saints Row The Third, Pierce throws a Hadouken in a Japanese commercial for a sports drink. The Boss can also mimic the act of throwing a fireball as a taunt, though it doesn't actually throw fireballs. In the final mission of the DLC The Trouble With Clones, however, the Boss is temporarily granted, among other special powers, the ability to throw fireballs.
- Julian's Soul Bomb attack in Little Fighter 2.
- Dark Demon in Dynamite Headdy has a beam attack that takes up nearly the entire screen.
- Fei in Xenogears has an attack resembling this as one of his final Deathblows.
- His "chi blast" spell when used in his gear is straight up Kamehame Hadoken or Wave Motion Fist except it looks be somewhat fire elemental, even though its not. His special option ability "Thor Wave" is an even better example.
- Basch in Final Fantasy XII has a quickening called "Fulminating Darkness" (How's that for an attack name?), which superficially resembles Vegeta's Final Flash, except it's a beam of swirling greenish-black energy. It's actually the weakest of Basch's quickenings, though.
- Kirby's fully-charged shot from his Plasma ability (Which is later merged into the Spark ability) attack looks like this. It doesn't hurt that his hat for this ability looks like a green version of Goku's Super Saiyan hair.
- Kirby also has access to multiple versions of this with the Fighter ability, first being able to instantaneously launch a wave of energy with a kick or punch in Kirby Super Star. These were replaced in the following games with a chargeable fireball launched in the exact same fashion as the classic Hadoken. Eventually, Return to Dreamland gave the ability both of the aforementioned attacks, and threw an additional nod to the Hadoken by allowing Kirby to instantly launch a charged fireball with a quarter circle forward motion.
- Linn Kurosawa gets one of these in Alien Vs Predator Capcom.
- Invoked in Worms for the Dragonball (named after the Dragon Punch and Fireball/Hadoken from Street Fighter) weapons.
- Cloud of Darkness in Final Fantasy III has its signature Particle Beam attack. In the DS version, it builds it by charging the energy between its hands; which are cupped, facing each other, and stacked vertically, and then fires it as a beam of energy by separating its hands.
- It comes back with a vengeance in Dissidia, featuring several forms of the Particle Beam and Cloud of Darkness' EX Burst being a massive Particle Beam that is described in-game as leaving nothing but dust.
- Super Mario RPG has the Geno Beam.
- Jinx has Bombs Away, which is also the most powerful physical attack in the game.
- As opposed to the honorable trope namers, No More Heroes' resident cheating bastard, Destroyman, uses the sphere-type Destroy Cannon. The Destroy Buster (beam-type), on the other hand, comes from somewhere ''else''.
- Despite being a clone of the Street Fighter games, the SNES version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tournament Fighters is pretty light on this. Only Raphael and Wingnut come close.
- The Mad Karate Man does this to boost the speed of the businessman.
- Cliff Fittir's Max Shockwave in Star Ocean 3.
- Several martial artists in the Suikoden series come equipped with special runes which allow them to execute this kind of attack.
- Mash/Sabin Rene Figaro's Aura Cannon in Final Fantasy VI.
- Sabin's special moves are actually done by entering fighting-game-like button combos. The one for Aura Cannon? Quarter-circle forward, the same input as a Hadoken in Street Fighter
- The massive series of Dragon Ball games, especially the Dragon Ball Z: Budokai games, and especially the Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi games.
- Alex Mercer of Prototype has one. However, given what he is, it's made of tentacles.
- In Mitsumete Knight R : Daibouken Hen, one of the three most powerful Limit Breaks is this. It's fueled with The Power of Love, as you need both of your two female partners to have very high Relationship Values with your main protagonist, McLeod.
- In Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu, Jackie Chan can do "psycho wave" attacks for a limited number of times.
- Golden Sun: Dark Dawn has a series of knuckle weapons and a character that can use them. The use of this trope (the Umbra Knuckles' Shadow Cannon) was inevitable.
- Parodied in Adventure Quest Worlds with Ryoku's Soul Nuke. As the Kitsune saga in general and the Dragon Koi Tournament in particular is pretty much a parody of popular anime, the attack takes a month or so to actually charge up (which is roughly enough time for the saga in general to wrap up). It ultimately never gets used, as by the time the final wrapping up cutscene of the saga rolls around, your character unceremoniously knocks Ryoku out just as he's finally about to cut loose.
- The Castlevania series gives us the Nova Skeletons, or as they're better described, skeletons with Kamehamehas. In Dawn of Sorrow and Order of Ecclesia, you can steal their beams.
- The Flame in Prince Of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame is thrown much like a Hadoken.
- The title character in Kuri Kinton (a little known arcade game by Taito) can do this by holding down the attack button and letting go when fully charged.
- In Mega Man X, X is able to learn the Hadoken in the first game as an Easter Egg.
- In the game Perfect World International there is a class known as the Mystic who has access to this in the form of their "Absorb Soul" attack.
- Asura's Wrath: Berserk Asura combines this with Beam Spam and Macross Missile Massacre, using four Mana arms to charge and fire enough beams to chew through an entire armada.
- Chakravartin, AKA God,fire an ultra massive super laser at Earth, intending to destroy it and begin anew. Planet in the path of the beam are vaporised.
- In My Little Pony Fighting Is Magic, Twilight Sparkle has this attack. The gems Rarity summons also serve as this for her.
- Malik Caesars from Tales Of Graces can unleash the Mystic Arte "Malik Beam", in which he turns his back to the enemy, and then this trope came out from his back.
- Combat Girl from Super Monday Night Combat fires a "combat laser" out of thin air apparently by sheer power of will.
- In Book Of Mages The Dark Times, mages have access to the Combined Bolt attack, which works by gathering all of the mage's attacking and defending bolts into a single crescent-shaped blast that tears through most enemies' defenses. In particular, the mages of the Burning Hill and Great Sea clans rely on this ability to overwhelm their enemies' defenses.
- World of Warcraft's most recent expansion, Mists of Pandaria, features the Monk class that uses Chi to do all sorts of mystical things. One talent they can take in the level 30 tier is called "Chi Blast" and for all intents and purposes, is a Kamehameha, that can heal allies as well as deal damage. Some of the character casting animations are reminiscent of the standard stance for these kinds of techniques, though only the Monk class is using chi.
- The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim introduces the ability to equip each hand separately, allowing for dual-wielding weapons, dual-wielding spells, or dual-wielding weapons and spells. For spells, you can pick a low-level perk in each magic school's perk tree for "Dual-casting". Any spell in a school with its dual-cast perk enabled that projects onto a target (as opposed to on the caster) will do a Kamehame Hadoken, complete with charge buildup. Doing so amps up the effect beyond what just tandem-casting separately would do. For best visual flair, use the Adept-level area-effect destruction spells. The Lightning Master level spell is also a great version of one with a sustained beam. Unlike the other Awesome, but Impractical Master level spells, you might find yourself using it as more than just a novelty spell.
- Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne has the unique attack Magma Axis, in which the Hito-Shura essentially lights his arms on fire, gathers explosive energy and lashes at an enemy. It's not a particularly good attack, but it's quite cool to see.
- In 8-Bit Theater, the Hadoken is the signature attack of Black Mage, and unleashes power equivalent to a small nuke. He also once used it for a Recoil Boost, calling it "Boatdoken". The Red Mage used a similar attack once ("Hadoyastopthis!?"). Fighterdoken and Medoken are not actually Kamehame Hadoken attacks but Fastball Specials. Black Mage's Hadoken is powered by The Power of Love - literally. It consumes love from the universe to power itself. The divorce rate rises every time he fires it off.
- Lampshaded in Looking for Group: After Richard gets trapped in a bleach-white purgatory, he is seen attempting to use the Hadoken; the only effect seems to be that he forms a blue glowing ball in his hands, to which he says "that didn't work as well as I'd liked." He does, however, follow up with a successful Shoryuken to Hctib.
- In Erfworld, Maggie casts
Hadoken Hoboken to kill an enemy mount.
- The Hoboken is latter revealed to be a basic attack spell known to almost every caster.
- One El Goonish Shive character and his clone can use a variant, "Tamashii Gekido" ("Soul Fury") — short-ranged wide blast of force strong enough to hurl the target away if there's enough space for a tumbling flight. After all, they practice "anime-style martial arts", it's not something unexpected.
- The lead character in The Cartoon Chronicles of Conroy Cat unleashes one with an unpleasant side effects.
- Magical version from Drowtales. Take an ordinary Magic Missile, add 1000 years of (mana/aura)growth and experience - destruction ensues. Unfortunately, her targets dodged.
- Becquerel uses it in Homestuck, to destroy the meteor heading for Jade's house.
- Chloe in Eerie Cuties, when she accidentally got a power boost and lost control, torched Blair for interrupting her lunch.
- When Fighting Game fan Sydney in Unintentionally Pretentious takes a Qigong class, she's disappointed to learn that by focusing her Qi, she can't actually "dookin" anything.
- In Sinfest that's how Satan and Devil Girls "Bomf!" (which bedevils living things or simple objects and explodes more advanced hardware), Jesus does "Salvation!" and Buddha calms down people — this one is temporary.
- In Sonichu, the Author Avatar fires an attack called the "Curse-ya-ha-me-ha", which is said to inflict great misfortune on its target.
- Volleyball style!
- Virtually perfected by the always trope conscious Chris O'Neill in the phenomenally awesome-packed Newgrounds video Chris & Harry.
- The DBZ-inspired Super Mario Bros. Z has characters busting out the Kamehame Hadoken on several occasions. It's rather a specialty of Fire Mario and Bowser, for example, and Mecha Sonic uses one in episode 6 to finish off Axem Red.
- In the Whateley Universe, Chaka has learned a secret Ki attack like this from a superpowered ninja opponent. She fires it from a finger and calls it her 'Chaka Chaka Bang Bang'.
- In an entirely American use of this, by the 3rd season of Danny Phantom, Danny, when needing a more powerful hit to stop an enemy, performs a very quick Kamehame-Hadoken-like Ectoblast. Most notably, he and Dani, his clone/cousin perform a dual-blast in this manner, one which seems only slightly less powerful than his Ghostly Wail (and a lot less draining)
- There are a couple of examples in Green Lantern First Flight in the finale. After Hal Jordan reactivates the Green Element and becomes rather Ion-like, he one-hand blasted Sinestro through several buildings. Then during their last DBZ-style ring powered fist fight, Hal uses the last power in his ring for a nice, big blast.
- Though the attack wasn't done at all, the attack name was mentioned in Jimmy Two-Shoes. When Jimmy assumed the role of "Power Squid" and fought his first battle against a horde of clowns, as he/the squid on his head fought them, his fourth battle cry was "Hadoken!" before ending it with a spin kick.
- Control Freak, in one episode of Teen Titans, when he had acquired the skills of a "12'th level space samurai" and a bunch of other stuff after porting himself into the land of television.
- The Legend of Korra: Korra makes this pose while attempting to airbend a newspaper, while shouting "Airbend!"
- From Jackie Chan Adventures: When Jackie is empowered by an ancient symbol from the Lotus temple, he gains the abilitie to use various Ki Attacks. Playing with this trope, he does the standard Kamehame Hadoken pose, but instead launches a tornado. In a later episode, Jackie and Jade unwittingly uncover a secret order of Druid-like people called the Magisters. They are capable of firing off this kind of energy attack when they say "Ex Metu Vires!", Latin for "power from fear".
- While Mr. Freeze more traditionally uses a single-handed Freeze Gun, in the Batman Beyond episode Meltdown, he premieres an improved containment suit that fires freezing beams from both gauntlets.
- The Pistol Shrimp's claw is modified to snap shut so quickly that it produces a flash of light and blast of sound reaching 218 decibels, louder than a gunshot. It does this by the claw's snapping creating a low pressure bubble, which then collapses, with the sound created by its collapse. The light? That would be the heat created by its collapse. This enables the shrimp to both stun and roast its prey in one shot.