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Eternal Wanderer
"This is the path...of my destiny!"
Origin: Japan flag 
Fighting style: Ansatsuken
Voiced by: note 
Portrayed by: note 
The lead character of the franchise and the Fighting Game character, Ryu is a stoic Japanese martial artist who wanders the globe seeking the meaning of being a "true warrior." He can be recognized by his sleeveless white karate gi and a red or white hachimaki depending on the game. He trained alongside his friendly rival Ken under their mutual master Gouken. With the two having completed their training, Ryu competed in the first Street Fighter tournament held by renowned Muay Thai champion Sagat to test himself. In the final match, he fought a fierce battle with Sagat, but was beaten to near-death. As Sagat approached him, sure of himself that the fight was over, Ryu's desire to win awoke a dark power within him: the Satsui no Hado (lt. Surge of Killing Intent). Under its influence, Ryu unleashed a Metsu Shoryuken on Sagat, scarring him for life and critically wounding him, resulting in Ryu's victory. The awakening of this power has attracted the attention of many who would seek to study and control it, such as the leader of the criminal syndicate Shadaloo, M. Bison, who sees Ryu as both the ultimate test subject and useful for far darker, more sinister purposes. The Satsui no Hado lay dormant until Ryu's encounter with his master's nemesis and brother Akuma during the Street Fighter Alpha sub-series. Since then, Ryu has strived to rid himself of the Satsui no Hado's corruption, and through his travels and his victories, Ryu has become a Living Legend among various fighters around the world. Through Gouken's reappearance in IV, it is briefly sealed away again, and Ryu undergoes even more intense meditation and training to purge it from himself. In the events of V, he successfully manages to purge himself of the Satsui no Hado and awakens a new power: the Mu no Ken (lit. Fist of the Void, localized as "Power of Nothingness".), the very same power used by his master Gouken. With it, he joins a group of fighters led by Karin Kanzuki to stop M. Bison's grand scheme for world domination. Ryu defeats the dictator in a decisive battle, and in the process destroys the evil energy empowering him, resulting in his destruction. He continues down his endless road by the time of III.

His Evil Ryu version has been present in the Alpha and EX series, and has made a reappearance in the arcade edition of Super Street Fighter IV. For more information, see the Alpha character sheet.

As the fighting game character, Ryu is also the originator of what is now commonly known as the Shoto archetype. This eventually became integrated into his storyline. What Ryu lacks in natural talent, he makes up for in limitless potential, honing his moves to optimal efficiency. He is a simple, but very effective character with a fireball for controlling space, a rising uppercut for catching aairborne opponents, and a spinning kick which knocks the opponent down and is immune to other projectiles. Later games would expand on his fighting sstyle while staying true to its core principles, adding various elements such as fire and lightning, corresponding to the Satsui no Hado and Mu no Ken respectively.
  • Adaptational Badass: In Street Fighter, his Hadoken (whether regular, Shinkuu, or Metsu) is merely a ball of ki (or fireball for nicknamers). In Capcom vs., the super versions of his Hadoken are comparable to a higher-tier Kamehameha. Even the regular Hadoken itself receives a buff in size and damage.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the first live-action movie, he and Ken were on the neutral side of things, working as con-artist smugglers conducting deals with Sagat before officially joining the side of good.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: By the time of IV, years after his training has finished, Ryu has finally managed to master the Metsu Hadoken and Metsu Shoryuken, meaning that he can tap into minor degrees of the Satsui no Hado and focus it into a controlled attack. An incredible accomplishment...except that Akuma has been doing so before his training was even halfway finished, before he was even Akuma.
  • Author Avatar: The programmers see themselves as Ryu. You can see where this is headed.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: The other half of his trademark Victory Pose (see Dramatic Wind).
  • Badass Back: Both as himself and Evil Ryu.
  • Badass Beard: His premium costume in V has him sporting a full beard.
  • Badasses Wear Bandanas: His third alternate costume in IV.
  • Berserk Button: Losing, as the only times Ryu has given in to the Satsui no Hado have been after getting beaten very badly. Although it's less of a personal Berserk Button than it is a trigger for his Super-Powered Evil Side.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: While he isn't exactly a social person, he does have close friends and allies, who are not to be harmed in front of him. Bison was the living proof of this in Alpha 3, whereas Crimson Viper found this out the hard way in the Ties That Bind Blu-Ray OVA. By extension, it's also a very bad idea to threaten innocent people (especially children) just to get a fight out of him.
  • Big Eater:
    • Certain adaptations, such as Masaomi Kanzaki's manga and the UDON comics, give him this trait. While it helps make Ryu less of a Flat Character, it is also Truth in Television, as intense exercise routines tend to make a person's appetite greater due to the calorie burn. And given how much Ryu trains...
    • It's made the jump into game canon as of IV. Of note, he's the only character who doesn't dislike or avoid El Fuerte's cooking, and in Street Fighter x Tekken, he contemplates eating Kuma.
    (SFxT win quote vs. Marshall Law) You run a Chinese restaurant? I'll stop by next time! Hope it's all you can eat!
  • Blessed with Suck: Ryu's incredible persistence towards his goal of becoming a great martial artist is what allows him to be such a strong fighter. This same persistence also opens him up to the Satsui no Hado whenever his goal is threatened.
  • Blood Knight: Fighting is everything for Ryu, though he does not share Akuma's love of carnage. In other words, he's a Lighter and Softer Akuma.
    (in his rival match against Ken) "Neither of us have reached our full potential."
  • Book-Ends: Ryu's SF4 arcade intro has him throw a Shinku Hadoken at a waterfall, only for it to fizzle out, and him shake his head in doubt. His Super arcade ending has him perform the same feat, although this time the Hadoken persists and flies straight through and into the sky, while Ryu reminisces about his friends and rivals.
  • Boring, but Practical: Ryu's forte is that he's a master of fundamental martial arts. In the UDON comics, the difference between himself and Ken is explained in that Ryu will practice the boring old basics day in and day out to improve them beyond their maximum, while Ken (who has extremely high natural talent) will master those basics in a day or so, throw some fire on it for instant awesome, get bored, and call it a day. As a Ryu player, you will find yourself behaving this way as well as Ryu's style is not specifically tailored to any one strength but instead spreads evenly across virtually any scenario. He can't go ham with big combos or be a rushdown monster but instead sticking to precise attacks and proper counters (he has a simple projectile, a strong anti-air option, and a good mobility move and you'll need to work out how to be effective with these basic tools without becoming predictable, which is ultimately his key weakness).
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's the Blue Oni to Ken's Red Oni.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy:
    • In the Street Fighter II V anime series.
    • Also his story arc for Alpha 2/Alpha 3.
    • This is also more or less the genesis of Evil Ryu as a player character, though he is enslaved to his own bloodlust rather than an outside will.
  • Calling Your Attacks: "Hadoken!", "Shoryuken!" and "Tatsumaki Senpuukyaku", which is rendered unintelligible.
  • Catchphrase:
    • In context of calling his attacks: "Hadoken!"
    • Outside that context: "The answer lies in the heart of battle." seems to be becoming one.
  • Casting a Shadow: In IV and its respective pseudo-sequel, Ryu gains the Metsu Hadoken and Metsu Shoryuken. The former originally appeared as a super for Evil Ryu in Capcom vs. SNK (there, it functioned akin to an evil version of the Denjin Hadoken). The latter was the very same move he used to scar Sagat.
  • Celibate Hero:
    • In an earlier story he recognizes that Gouken's daughter has feelings for him but is unable to return them.
    • Moreover, while he would like to start a family someday, he believes he's not ready to consider doing so.
    • If Sakura's thoughts on Ryu are a full-blown romantic crush, then it's likely that he views her in a similar light: he cares for her and looks forward to her development, but either he feels he can't return her feelings or is totally oblivious to them in the first place.
  • The Chosen One:
    • Chosen by Rose to take down Bison, though she feels he's not ready yet.
    • Later he's chosen by Oro to receive special training.
  • The Comically Serious: Comes across this way, particularly in supplemental media. He's not even trying to be overly-serious (he's open to trying new things as best he can), it's just who he is.
  • Counter-Attack: His V-Trigger II strengthens his parry attack by giving him a counter punch that puts the opponent into a crumple state, and can be followed up on with a combo.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The "Satsui no Hado" state, literally "Surge of Murderous Intent." Used by his alter-ego in the Alpha series, Evil Ryu.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Tries this on Sagat in the first game. Sagat mops the floor with him and almost beats him to death. Then Evil Ryu makes his presence known, and the rest is history.
  • Deus ex Machina: The Metsu Shoryuken.
  • Disappointed in You: After Ryu finally suppresses the Satsui no Hadou, Akuma often repeats how disappointed he is, how he expected more, and that Ryu is now Not Worth Killing. Ryu is actually glad of that, because he actually pities what Akuma has sacrificed (something Akuma finds irritating).
  • Divergent Character Evolution: He's the lynchpin Shoto. All other shotos are HIS clones. As such, early on, his moveset was extremely basic and other characters' moves were basically his, with a twist. However, starting with SFIII, he's developed his own techniques that are uniquely his.
  • Does Not Like Shoes:
    • His constant barefootedness throughout the series is Lampshaded in Street Fighter IV:
    "Shoes? No, I can certainly afford them; I go barefoot for comfort."
    • And in an Omake where he isn't allowed in a fancy restaurant because of the "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service" policy.
    • Oddly enough, Ryu wore slippers in the very FIRST Street Fighter (whereas Ken was barefooted).
  • Dramatic Wind: His classic victory pose.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: His ability to use the Denjin Hadoken in III is finally explained in V. His special training to control the Satsui no Hado leads him to follow his master Gouken in unlocking the Power of Nothingness, which has lightning-based ki and nullifies negative energy. The Satsui no Hado has effectively been purged from his body, and the concept of Evil Ryu is no more. He then proceeds to use the Power of Nothingness to defy both Necalli's prophecy and the Illuminati's prophecy, defeating Necalli and killing Bison once and for all.
  • Energy Ball: Hadoken!
  • Fireballs: His normal Hadoken is often mistakenly called a fireball, but he can turn them into the Shakunetsu Hadoken, which is imbued with thermal energy.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: His long and once bitter rivalry with Sagat hasn't exactly led to them being Heterosexual Life-Partners, but they have a deep understanding of and respect for each other, and it's clear that they're on good terms as of SFIV.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With a frankly ridiculous amount of the cast. Outside of his most famous rivals Ken and Sagat, he's been noted to enjoy sparring with Chun-Li, Cammy, Sakura, Alex, Dudley, and Makoto, plus plenty of other fighters.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: He's the Technician to Ken's Performer, being relatively Weak, but Skilled (in that he has no natural talent in martial arts, yet he makes up for it with daily training). He's also more focused on a good defense and zoning game compared to the combo fiend that's Ken. It's even highlighted in their V-Skills (Ryu's is a parry, while Ken's is a dash meant to close the gap).
  • Graceful Loser: After his Character Development in the Alpha series. If Ryu is defeated, he may become hard on himself but this Spirited Competitor always gives his opponents respect and praises their efforts in battle. Warriors could take notes from a guy like Ryu.
  • Guest Fighter: Has appeared in Super Smash Bros. since the 3DS and Wii U titles.
  • Handwraps of Awesome: Wears black hand wraps in his Badass Beard alternate outfit in Street Fighter V.
  • Hair Colors: Red in the original Street Fighter, reddish-brown in the Alpha series, brown in Street Fighter II, black in IV, and black with what appears to be blue highlights in Street Fighter III. To put it simply, it gets darker with age.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Despite training almost every day for almost five years on end, Ryu has no natural talent in fighting and so doesn't demonstrate any of the exceptional skills of his closest peers and rivals. Ryu's strength is his sheer determination and fighter's spirit. That same determination, however, is what makes him a prime candidate for the Satsui no Hado to take over.
  • Heroic Neutral: Ryu only wants to keep to himself. While he will fight an injustice if he happens to find it, for the most part, he remains ignorant of the events of the world around him until he's called into action.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Ken. Not convinced, just look at the background of the main menu for Super Street Fighter IV. Not to mention all of their various intro poses together (usually a fist bump for good luck before a match) as well as this special win pose from Alpha 3 (see also: The Rival/Friendly Rivalry below).
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Evil Ryu; a Ryu who seeks uncompromising victory over challenge and self-development.
  • Hunk: Street Fighter just wouldn't be the same without him!
  • Hurricane Kick: He and Ken's Tatsumaki Senpuu Kyaku is the Trope Namer.
  • Iconic Item: Ryu's red headband, given to him by Ken to help rouse Ryu in Ken's ending in Alpha 2. Before this, he wore a white headband to match his gi, apparently given to him by Gouken's daughter.
    • In the SFII movie said headband also appears; the circumstances in which he got it were different, but still heartwarming. When they were in their training, a young Ryu was injured when Ken kicked him in the forehead, knocking him down some stairs. Ken ran after him, and took the band keeping his hairbraid in place to bandage Ryu's bleeding wound. Ryu kept the makeshift headband to honor Ken.
    • Assassin's Fist presents the headband in a similar vein to the movie, but different: during Ryu and Ken's final match under Gouken's tutelage, Ryu started to succumb to the Satsui no Hado, and Ken had to knock him unconscious with a Shoryuken. However, the move broke Ryu's skull, and Ken used his hairband to stop the bleeding before carrying him back to the dojo.
    • Finally, in the end of the Story Mode in V, the headband comes off once he defeats Ken in their sparring match. Seeing as how Ryu finally managed to make peace with his soul, Ken thinks of taking the headband back, but Ryu decides to hold on to it because he feels his journey is not even close to an end.
      Ryu: There is no end on the road of fighting. I know... I still need this.
  • Iconic Outfit: Of all the three characters in V that didn't have wardrobe changes (Ryu, Chun-Li, and Zangief), Ryu is the most likely candidate to have retained the same white gi and Martial Arts Headband that he's always worn (even Chun-Li got a new outfit for Alpha, as her qipao didn't really become iconic until her reappearance in 3rd Strike).
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: It takes Sagat's urging and Sakura's injuries from her fight with Bison (plus the memories of all his friends and rivals) to break Ryu out of his brainwashing in Alpha 3.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro Pay: His name is often mispronounced as "Rye-yoo". It's meant to be "Ree-yoo", and even fans somehow get the pronunciation of the "ryu" in his "Shoryuken" right.
    • Ditto for his Hadouken, which is often said as "Hadoo-ken" instead of "Hadoh-ken".
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: He's designed to be the most balanced character in the game (though he's a bit of a Mighty Glacier/Stone Wall compared to Ken). It's been said Street Fighter V was balanced by taking Ryu as the centerpiece and making everyone else work around him.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: The most well-known user of the second co-Trope Namer. It should be noted that this only applies to the Vs. series (MvC and TvC in particular), as the Shinkuu Hadoken is an Energy Ball by default in most instances.
  • Lightning/Fire Juxtaposition: The lightning to Ken's fire.
  • Limited Wardrobe: He's only ever seen wearing a dogi and being barefoot.
    • This is taken to the extreme in one piece of artwork where Ryu is doing his laundry in his underwear at a laundromat (presumably because Ryu's gi is the only article of clothing he travels with)...
  • Load-Bearing Hero: Especially in the Alpha series.
  • Martial Arts Headband: Part of his Iconic Outfit. Originally white in Street Fighter, then red later on except for the Alpha series, which explains how it became red (Ken gave it to him as a gift). By Alpha 3 it was supposed to be red but they didn't redesign his sprite to reflect this so it seemingly ignores the ending of Alpha 2.
  • Mascot: He's the face of the fighting game department of Capcom, and considered the face of the Fighting Game genre in general. He might be a co-Mascot of the entire company alongside Mega Man.
  • Meaningful Name: Ryu's name was originally spelled with the kanji for "prosperity", although it is actually a reference to the first game's co-designer Takashi Nishiyama, whose given name (Takashi) is spelled with the same kanji and had a habit of naming his protagonists "Ryu" (see also Trojan and Avenger).
  • Mind-Control Eyes: A rare case of the sclera changing color to show this trope. Instead of the sclera being white it turns pink — most likely as a result of Bison's Psycho Power which helped brainwash him.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Tall, Dark, and Handsome? Check. Heroic Build? Check. Badass inside the battlefield and a Nice Guy outside? Check. Walks barefoot? Check. Friends of both genders that he can be ship teased with once in a while? Check...
  • Nice Guy: While somewhat of a social recluse, he is still a sensitive and kind-hearted man with plenty of good advice to share with his friends and fellow warriors. The only major downside to befriending Ryu is how much of a pain it is to contact him.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: This is Ryu's style. Despite being a Spirited Competitor that enjoys fights, Ryu's fighting style is very efficient and goes for maximum damage on every hit. It's explained that Ryu lacks the talent to do fancier moves or combos like Ken or Akuma, and he lacks the natural reach, power and stamina of Sagat. Thus, Ryu's relentless training ensures that every single hit counts. Further, in the Animated Movie, Ryu used the most efficient means of beating an opponent, such as simply headbutting a guy to break his nose, or breaking Fei Long's arm and foot to limit his ability to fight.
  • Not Himself: Sorta, in Alpha 2. He was extremely troubled over the Satsui no Hado and what it means, thus he acted quite more rash and jerk-like than usual — until Ken defeated him and then gave him the red headband as a token of remembrance.
  • No-Sell: His V-Skill in Street Fighter V is a parry called "Mind's Eye". Successfully parrying an attack will prevent any damage from connecting with Ryu, give him a massive boost of V-Gauge and, if fully parried, usually leave him at an advantage next to the recovering opponent. It's not as broken as 3rd Strike parrying in that it is a two button command so option selects are nigh impossible, has a whiff animation so a failed parry is punishable, and is not cancelable into anything other than another Mind's Eye, meaning that Ryu must fully commit to a parry and cannot interrupt a multi-hit attack after parrying only once (so none of that "Evo Moment #37" stuff here...mostly).
  • Perma-Stubble: In III.
  • Playing with Fire: Not to the extent of Ken, but he does possess the Shakunetsu Hadoken, and in Alpha and Alpha 2, the fifth and final hit of his Lv3 Shinkuu Hadoken actually sets his opponent on fire.
  • Retcon: Back when Street Fighter II originally debuted, Ryu had become famous after defeating Sagat. This was changed, years later, by making Sagat the actual winner of the fight. According to the newer version, Sagat was helping Ryu off the ground, when Ryu fell under the Satsui no Hado's influence and caught Sagat off-guard with a Metsu Shoryuken.
    • The Satsui no Hado itself is also a retcon, as it wasn't originally part of the series' backstory. It was added to introduced into the SF storyline in Alpha 2.
  • The Rival:
    • Sagat, arguably his greatest rival. They have an extremely bitter grudge throughout the II and Alpha series, before patching things up and becoming each others' Worthy Opponent. The two have fought in at least three tournaments, and make sure that every fight counts towards their shared development.
    • Ken, his best friend and former training partner. Theirs is very much a Friendly Rivalry, as they grew up together and the majority of their battles take place while training outside of the ring as they try to keep each other on their toes.
    • Akuma, who doubles as Ryu's Arch-Enemy. Ryu thought that Akuma had killed his adoptive father Gouken for years, while Akuma wants Ryu to give into his Super-Powered Evil Side and give him the best match possible after forsaking his humanity.
    • Gouken, his adoptive father and former teacher. Now that Ryu is a grown adult, Gouken has declared that he has nothing left to teach him, and challenges him in IV to see how much Ryu has grown as a fighter.
  • Ryu Is Going To Hadoken You: In the intro to Super Street Fighter II, Puzzle Fighter and Street Fighter Alpha 2. Referenced in his character trailer for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS.
  • Shirtless Scene:
    • He has a battle-damaged costume in IV which gives him slightly torn pants and shredded shirts. His first premium outfit for V also has him fight shirtless with the addition of a Badass Beard and Handwraps of Awesome.
    • He appears shirtless for the brick breaking bonus stages in the first game.
  • Ship Tease:
    • With Chun-Li, in non-canon material, such as the Malibu comic and various manhua. The pairing seems especially popular with fans in China. But the official word from Capcom is, they're Just Friends.
    • With Sakura too, since by the time IV hits she's pretty clearly crushing on him. While he's still a Celibate Hero, it is quite telling that she's the only one capable of bringing him back from being almost taken over by the Satsui no Hado. Plus, in V one of the most poignant moments in Sakura's Story Mode takes place as a talk between her and Ryu.
  • Shock and Awe:
    • Denjin Hadoken. For bonus points: it's unblockable and charging it up to the maximum fully dizzies his foe.
    • This gets reworked in Street Fighter V as his V-Trigger I, the "Denjin Renki", which makes his Hadoken and Shoryuken techniques electrified for the duration. If you have a full Critical Gauge, you can cash out the entire V-Trigger meter to turn the Shinkuu Hadoken into the Denjin Hadoken.
  • Shoryuken: He and Ken's Shoryuken is the Trope Namer. Despite Ryu is more focused in Hadoken techniques, his various Shoryuken, most notably the Metsu Shoryuken, are important to the story.
  • Shotoclone: Ryu is the original from which all Ryu/Ken-types spring.
  • Signature Move:
    • Hadoken and Shoryuken, the two most famous moves in Street Fighter. The Hadoken is Ryu's specialty, while Ken specializes more in the Shoryuken than Ryu does, though Ryu's various uses of the move are pretty important to the story. You must defeat it to stand a chance after all.
    • His Denjin Hadoken and Metsu Shoryuken seem to have become this, so much so that they are shown in the first ever footage of Street Fighter V.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: As he grew up in an isolated part of Japan, Ryu isn't accustomed to interacting with people who aren't Gouken or Ken. He does start meeting new people like Chun-Li and Sakura as he travels the world and that helps him be more adjusted over time, though.
  • Sore Loser: Despite being a shining example of an honorable and morally outstanding martial artist, even Ryu has his faults, this being one of them. When it comes to winning, Ryu will push harder when it comes to shove, and because of this, this is where the Satsui no Hado takes control of him. An example of this is when he scars Sagat with a Metsu Shoryuken after his loss in the first Street Fighter tournament and in the UDON comics when he is about to lose in two separate fights, one against Cody and the final battle against Akuma. He seems to gotten some Character Development to get over it. His encounter with Bison had him decide he wouldn't use the Satsui no Hado even if he would end losing otherwise, which for most of the series also implied he was giving up defeating Akuma.
  • Spell My Name with an "S":
    • Funny enough, his name actually has an extended "u" vowel when written in its original form in katakana, so it's either "Ryū" or "Ryuu" in that case.
    • Likewise for ALL of his special moves; the Hadoken, Shoryuken and Tatsumaki Senpukyaku have extended vowels that may or may not be ignored via their romaji.
  • Spiders Are Scary: Ryu apparently has a fear of spiders, due to a prank that Ken pulled on him when the two were kids.
  • Spirited Competitor: A heroic version. If taken too far he becomes Evil Ryu, though.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: A rare case of a character who took the spotlight back, along with more of it than ever. Ryu was the main character of the original Street Fighter, but there was virtually no story to tell. In Street Fighter II, the developers considered Guile to be the main character, who inherited from Charlie in the prequel Alpha. And in Street Fighter III, the mantle was passed to Alex. Ryu's only part in each was to satisfy a few existing rivalries. That started to change in Alpha 2, where Ryu's battle against Akuma and the Satsui no Hadou took center stage. Alpha 3 Arc Welded that plot into the Shadaloo plot, where Bison sought Ryu as a replacement body, and Street Fighter IV introduced a subplot where Rose sought to protect him as The Chosen One and last hope against Bison. By Street Fighter V, Ryu is so important to the story that the other characters acknowledge that their final goal is to disrupt/weaken Shadaloo and Bison as much as possible until Ryu is ready to give the final blow, with the temporarily resurrected Nash even sacrificing his rebirth to that effect..
  • Sucking-In Lines: This is sometimes how his Metsu-Hadoken super move is stylized, with lines swirling into his palms before he fires off his shot.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Evil Ryu, otherwise known as Satsui no Hado ni Mezameta Ryu (Ryu of the Awakened Killing Intent). Ryu famously gives into the Killing Intent after losing during the finals of Street Fighter 1, scarring Sagat with a Metsu Shoryuken and gaining Akuma's attention.
    • It gets worse. There's now an eviler side named Kage, for when he willingly and fully gives into the Hadou.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Despite being the main character of the series, Ryu doesn't really do that much to contribute towards the plot. His role only matters in the original and in Street Fighter Alpha. In most of the other games, he's pretty much a Living MacGuffin.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He's 5'9", which is fairly tall for a Japanese man, he's chronologically had raven hair since Street Fighter IV, and is definitely a well-proportioned man to look at.
  • Tarot Motifs: Ryu represents The World in the 30th Anniversary Tarot Deck. The World represents wholeness and completion, fitting with Ryu's world-wandering journey to keep getting stronger.
  • Technician vs. Performer: The Technician to Ken's Performer, practicing the fundamentals every day and bearing a Boring, but Practical fighting style.
  • Tiger Versus Dragon: When written in a certain kanji, "Ryu" can mean "Dragon." This comes in direct contrast with Sagat's tiger-y Animal Motifs. As the main page says, this refers to two spirits so wildly different and yet wildly similar at the same time, intricately linked together in destiny.: Ryu and Sagat were enemies in the past, now they are each other's Worthy Opponents.
  • To Be a Master: This is the man who travels all over the world; taking on several opponents, each of them skilled fighters in their own right, to become the greatest fighter of them all. He's a warrior, first and foremost. Having the ability to beat the tar out of any and all villains and evil men he comes across is just a kick-ass bonus for him.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Toned down these days, but in the early games he would be severely overpowered, always Dragon Punching a jumping opponent, always getting through their block, his damage being increased...
  • Theme Naming: Is the "Ryu" in Shouryuken, with his best friend being the "Ken."
  • The Stoic: He's nearly always stoic. Except in these situations:
    • He cracks a joke or two in the UDON comics.
    • Hugo's ending in 3rd Strike: Hugo recruits him (and several other street fighters) to be pro wrestlers. Ryu thinks he can learn a lot from wrestling. Ken's completely mortified that Ryu's actually enjoying this.
    • He also has one of the funniest lines in SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos where he points out Mai's odd choice of a ninja outfit.
      "Ninja style? People can see you coming miles away!"
  • Walking the Earth: Is always traveling in search of new opponents and challenges, although he allegedly returns to Suzaku Castle (the burial ground of his Not Quite Dead sensei Gouken) once a year.
    • This even extends beyond his own series. As of his appearence in the fourth Super Smash Bros., someone has tallied up his list of unique notable opponents across all of his appearances in video games. He has the distinct honor of having fought at least three-hundred unique opponents over the course of his on-screen career.
  • Warrior Therapist: Does this in Street Fighter 3 onwards. Ryu comes off as a nicer version of this, for he kindly encourages the opponent to improve themselves and overcome their weaknesses.
    (Against Cody) [Street Fighter X Tekken] "Instead of running away, face your problems head on. I'm sure you will get back on the right track."
  • Weak, but Skilled: He's not in general, but he is compared to Ken. As opposed to Ken's Brilliant, but Lazy-esque natural talent, Ryu practices the fundamentals daily because he has no natural talent.
  • World's Best Warrior: Subverted, but you'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise. In the first two games, this trope was played completely straight. Ryu, after defeating Sagat, is declared the World's Greatest Street Fighter, and carries that title all the way into the second game. However, starting with the Alpha series, later games started retconning this. Slowly, Ryu is portrayed less like a seasoned Ace and more like a spirited newcomer; for instance, it was retconned that he in fact lost against Sagat, but still managed to scar him after sucker-punching him with a Metsu Shoryuken. Further, Gen is later retconned as a far superior fighter and was never defeated by Ryu either, but instead had to bow out of the tournament due to his health. The introductions of Akuma, Gokuen and Oro, along with Story Breaker Powers like Bison, Gill, and Seth, further pushed Ryu's ranking backward. Nowadays, Ryu's characterization is that he wants to become a great martial artist, but there are others far ahead of him. Ryu's victory over M.Bison puts him on the right path to becoming this.
  • Worthy Opponent: Ideally, he considers everyone a Worthy Opponent as he believes he can always learn something new from every battle. However, in the strictest context, Ken and Sagat are typically mainstays. In a twisted sense, he desires to be one to Akuma but as a means to show him that even without succumbing to the Satsui no Hadou, he can still be a complete fighter. What Ryu desires is to seek his own path in life and learn his own answers, and the more people he meets with answers of their own, the better.
  • Why Did It Have To be Spiders?: Ryu hates spiders, stemming from an incident in which one had crawled into his open mouth while he was sleeping.
    • Naturally extends to his match-up against Spider-Man in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, though he does respect Spidey for being a honorable hero and worthy opponent.
  • X-Ray Sparks: His Denjin Hadoken Super Art from 3rd Strike has this effect on the opponent.
  • Years Too Early: Post-Alpha, both he and Sagat admit that Ryu was nowhere near ready to challenge him in the first World Warrior tournament.

The Fire-Breathing Fist
"Come on! Let's turn up the heat!"
Origin: USA flag 
Fighting style: Ansatsuken
Voiced by: note 
Portrayed by: note 
The son of a wealthy family, Ken Masters is the former training partner and friendly rival of Ryu, who uses the same special techniques (specializing in the Shoryuken or "Dragon Punch"). He is characterized by his red karate gi and his medium-length/long blond hair. Ken's father sent him to Gouken (an old friend of his) so he wouldn't leech off of the family fortune later on in life. After completing his martial art training from Gouken (and learning humility and the meaning of hard work in the process), Ken moved back to his native America and won the U.S. Martial Arts Tournament, where he met his girlfriend Eliza. He eventually marries her by the end of Street Fighter II. In IV he hesitates joining the new tournament, but Eliza encourages him to do so, stating that he'll be back before their baby's birth. After the events of IV his son Mel is born, and in Street Fighter III Ken (reluctantly) takes Sean as his apprentice and begins training his son Mel in his style of martial arts.

Ken returns once again in Street Fighter V, this time sporting a new look, hanging the top part of his red karate gi off his waist so he can wear a black shirt with red trim with matching gloves, and growing his hair out a bit longer and tying it off into a topknot.

Originally, Ken served as essentially a Palette Swap of Ryu, as mirror matches were not possible in the earliest installments. However, as the series went on, his style deviated further away from Ryu's until it evolved into something completely different. Ken's take on the Ansatsuken style focuses more on his natural talent as a fighter, putting his own personal spin on the signature techniques. His fireballs are more useful for pressure rather than zoning, his uppercuts generally reach further and are stronger as they set the opponent on fire, and his spinning kicks don't knock down like Ryu's but in exchange set the opponent up for Ken to continue his offense. Where Ryu has strong defensive capabilities and damage, Ken is more aggressive and mobile.
  • The Ace: Downplayed, but present. Ken was born with a ridiculous amount of natural talent and athleticism, which made him especially cocky when he was younger. He was sent to learn martial arts from Gouken to learn some humility, but that also came pretty easy to him. For reference, his official profile in Street Fighter II states that after winning the US Martial Arts Tournament in the first game, he took time off from training for a whole year to spend time with Eliza. He only started training again when he heard Ryu would take part in the second World Warrior tournament, and basically did a training cram session before promising to marry Eliza if he beat Ryu in the tournament. Let's put that in perspective: after a couple of months' worth of training, Ken was able to equal a man who fights and trains day in and day out.
  • Action Dad: Has a son named Mel and is still kicking ass.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: He's inexplicably a redhead in the animated cartoon.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the first live-action movie, He and Ryu were on the neutral side of things, working as smugglers, and conducting deals with Sagat.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Ken has a brash ego, which is only bolstered by how talented he is at martial arts. This also works against him because, unlike Ryu, Ken is so arrogant that he becomes easily bored with both training and casual fights. He's the best fighter in the USA and the competition is so weak there that he doesn't have to put in much effort. Only when a Worthy Opponent (usually Ryu) shows up, or something threatens his family, does Ken even begin to train or put any effort in fighting.
  • The Berserker: His attacks are much more punishable than Ryu's, and he hits harder.
    • Subverted in that it's not so much Ken going all-out (usually) as it is him being a flashy show-off.
  • Berserk Button: Harming, threatening, or shoot, just speaking ill of Eliza is a sure way to get him started, at least in the UDON comics.
    • In Street Fighter Unlimited, he tosses Balrog out of a top story window just for promising to show Eliza "what it's like to be with a real man." He also refuses to join Guile in confronting Vega, since Vega had nearly killed Eliza much earlier in the series and Ken probably would have killed him on sight.
  • Big Fancy House: As seen in the Alpha series.
    • In Street Fighter II V, you also get to see it, and it is glorious.
  • Bishōnen: In some incarnations.
  • Boy Meets Girl: Meets Eliza in his Alpha 1 ending.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In the first animated movie.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Ken has incredible innate potential, far more than Ryu, but while Ryu trains constantly and strives to surpass himself, Ken is content to let his training plateau and not push it any further.
    • To further elaborate; Ken spontaneously invented an entirely new type of Shoryuken, one that left Gouken speechless, without even trying!
  • Bring It: A frequent in his taunts. It would appear to be the byproduct of Ken's confidence in his abilities, but given that he's actually a capable fighter, it could be a part of his game.
  • But Not Too Foreign: He has a 3/4 Japanese heritage (fully Japanese mom, half-Japanese/half-American dad), but he lives in America. Speculation abounds that (due to his eyebrows) he's naturally raven-haired and dyes his hair blond.
  • Calling Your Attacks: "Hadoken!", "Shoryuken!" and "Tatsumaki Senpuukyaku", which is rendered unintelligible.
  • Canon Immigrant: His Superpowered Evil Side Violent Ken first appeared in SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos, but later made his first appearance in the main series come Ultra Street Fighter II.
  • Catchphrase: "Kakkate kina!"
  • Classical Anti-Hero: Ken is always well-meaning but never feels 100% committed to jumping head first into a threat like Ryu might because he still wants to be there for his family at the end of the day. By III he's basically signed off of any fighting tournaments completely unless Ryu shows up too because he values his family life too much.
  • Cowboy: As a downloadable alternate outfit in IV. He gets another one in V that's Christmas-themed. Beforehand however, his super-deformed-self has shades of this in the Gem-series of fighting games in some of his moves.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: Started differentiating from Ryu since Champion Edition.
    • Inverted in Street Fighter III where it's Ryu who was diverging, gaining more attacks and being a less standard Shotoclone.
    • Street Fighter V differentiates Ken further by giving him a brand-new design, a different fighting stance, and tweaks to his fighting style (his Strong Tatsumaki Senpukyaku, for example, is not a direct move like the others; instead, Ken starts the attack with an anti-air flying kick, then performs the TSK as he comes down to the ground).
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Explicitly stated in his bio.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Gets his ass handed to him by Eliza in his Pocket Fighter ending, and later, his son in his Street Fighter III ending.
  • Eagleland: Mixed Type — he's loud, cocky and brash, but also heroic and a Nice Guy at heart.
  • Elemental Punch: His fierce Shoryuken.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: The Shinryuken, a move of Ken's own design, which is a rotating vertical Shoryuken.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: He was a longhaired Pretty Boy in Alpha. After bequeathing his hairband to Ryu (hence Ryu's trademark red headband from II onwards), he cuts his hair sometime between Alpha 3 and II. This hairstyle change also marks some Character Development for Ken; he goes from an arrogant, devil-may-care fighter to a cocky but still well-meaning guy. In Street Fighter V, his hair once again changes, this time a bit longer in the back and the bangs, with the addition of a ponytail.
  • Family Man: Ken becomes this after married Eliza at the ending of Street Fighter II.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Sparring gloves, specifically. Brown in Street Fighter II (and most other appearances), yellow in Alpha, and now black in Street Fighter V.
  • Foil: To his wife's brother-in-law, Guile. Guile is a patriotic, stone-faced man of duty while Ken has a free-spirited, "live-in-the-moment" personality with a vast fortune at his disposal and is never afraid to flash a charming smile. However both are committed family men so that's one point they bridge the gap on. Gameplay and Story Integration applies here as Ken's fighting style is combo-focused and skews towards playing up close while Guile strives to be prudent and cautious, working his opponent into reacting a specific way so he can take the advantage.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Mixed with a lot of Vitriolic Best Buds, Ryu and Ken see each other as essential to their growth, and each one would come running if the other is in trouble or beginning to lose heart. However, they will also talk trash to each other and won't pull their punches in trying to prove who is better between them.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: He's the Performer to Ryu's Technician, being relatively Unskilled, but Strong (in that he mostly relies on his natural talent, and is Brilliant, but Lazy relatively speaking). He's also more focused on a good offense compared to the more defensive Ryu. It's even highlighted in their V-Skills (Ryu's is a parry, while Ken's is a dash meant to close the gap)
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: From Alpha 3:
    "I need a better workout than this! Where's Eliza?"
  • Good Parents: He's a damn great father to Mel. His son very much looks up to him and wants to follow in his footsteps.
  • Groin Attack: In the games, his own son Mel does this to him in his Street Fighter III ending, to the shock of Eliza.
  • Guest Fighter: He appears alongside Ryu in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as Ryu's Echo Fighter.
  • Handsome Lech: Mostly in Alpha.
  • Happily Married: With his then-steady girlfriend Eliza as of his Street Fighter II ending. The first two Alpha titles show you how they met, and their marriage continues on to IV and III.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners:
    • With Ryu. Just ask his wife, she'll tell you who comes first. Look at the background of the main menu for Super Street Fighter IV, or check out the dialogue in their rival match from the same game:
    Ryu: I always learn something new when we step into the ring together.
    Ken: You see, Ryu? This is why I enjoy fighting you!
  • Hot-Blooded: Perhaps to Ryu (but this is like comparing a guy at a party who likes to socialize with the nerdy kid in the corner). Towards his protege, Sean, he is the Blue Oni, though.
  • Hunk: As he gets older—a Family Man, matter of fact—he sheds his babyface, youthful looks for a more chiseled, manly and hunky appearance.
  • Hurricane Kick: While he is most associated with the Shoryuken, his Senpuukyaku-based attacks are more impressive than most other Shotoclones, usually by trading the ability to knock down with more consecutive hits.
  • Jaded Washout: In V, several characters hint at his underlying worry that he's becoming this. Menat's win quote states that she sees two stars (he and Ryu) but one of them is in danger of dying out. Gill, likewise, asks Ken if "hopelessness" is what he sees, indicating Ken's fear of being left behind by his rival.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a massive show-off, but still a good guy underneath (though it's exaggerated in the various adaptations).
  • Lame Comeback: When Fei-Long calls him out in the cartoon for neglecting his training, Ken's retort is this less-than-stellar quip:
    Ken: "And you! (panting) YOU'RE A LOSER!"
  • The Lancer: To Ryu.
  • Lightning/Fire Juxtaposition: The fire to Ryu's lightning.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Until his father sent him to Japan to train with Gouken.
  • Loved I Not Honor More: The fact that he's a champion street fighter hasn't stopped him from building a happy romantic relationship with Eliza.
    • This didn't go so well in UDON Entertainment's comic book adaptation. In that Ken's career as a championship fighter drove a wedge between him and Eliza and she walked out on him after he had proposed but refused to change his life's calling. However she returns to him during the finals of the US Fighting Championships and her presence motivates him to victory.
  • Meaningful Name: Before his nationality and homeland was retconned to American, Ken had his name spelled with the kanji for "fist."
  • Meditation Powerup: Part of his Big Damn Heroes moment against Bison at the climax of SFII: The Animated Movie.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: Again moreso a case of the sclera changing color to pink again as a result of Bison's Psycho Power but it isn't as prominent as in the Street Fighter II V cases.
  • Minor Major Character: Aside from being Ryu's best friend and sparring partner, Ken's contribution to the overall plot in SF is fairly inconsequential. Most of the series' major events have nothing to do with him and each of its major villains are either after Ryu, or one of the other more prominent characters, like Guile, Chun Li, and Cammy.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Ken's a little bit of Pretty Boy, a little chunk of Hunk, and a whole lot of his costumes usually show of his chest among more things.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: "Normal" is relative here, but Ken is typically portrayed as a high-level (but hardly unbeatable) martial artist. Most World Warrior-level opponents can at least provide him with a challenge...but the problem is that opponents of that level are hard to come by in the USA. So, in his home country, Ken sees little reason to train or spar because no one there is a threat to his title of US Champion. In fact, in SFIV, one win quote has him say that settling for the title of "US Champ" is probably too petty and small for him.
  • Obvious Pregnancy: His wife Eliza in IV. At least she gives birth to Mel in SSFIV.
  • Panicky Expectant Father: A borderline example in his IV ending. It's a good thing Eliza is quite Closer to Earth... and that Mel didn't decide to come into this world all of a sudden.
  • Playing with Fire: His Fierce punch Shoryuken has had the ability to set people on fire since Super Street Fighter II (which is something of his own design; not wanting to learn the Shoryuken the "traditional" way, he chose to focus his ki into his fist as it goes up to give it a fire elemental) but Street Fighter V takes it to a new level with his V-Trigger ability, "Heat Rush", which sets all his moves on fire.
  • Post-Final Boss: In SFV, Ken is the Cinematic Story Mode's final battle, where you fight him as Ryu in a Meaningful Echo to a fight earlier in the mode where you fight (and defeat) Ryu as Ken, as well as to the very first tutorial fight when you originally boot up the game. He wants Ryu to show him the new power he gained that defeated M. Bison. Ryu unleashes it on Ken and defeats him, and Ken congratulates his friend.
  • Pretty Boy: Though he's stepped into Hunk territory nowadays.
  • Punch-Clock Hero: In comparison to Ryu's Heroic Neutral, Ken has a day job and a family. He doesn't shy away from helping out his friends when they need it, but once the task is done, he's going back to his everyday life.
  • Punny Name: Changed from a Meaningful Name to this after his nationality switch. Ken is a perfectly ordinary British/American name... and the Japanese word for 'fist'. The relevance is obvious.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He sports flowing, blond, long hair tied back in a ponytail with a red ribbon in Alpha.
  • Red Baron: Due to his flaming variants of the Shoryuken, Ken is occasionally known as The Flaming Dragon by the time of III.
  • Red Oni: To Ryu's Blue.
  • Retcon: The flyer for the first Street Fighter implied that Ken was Japanese like Ryu. He was changed into a native-born American (with Japanese descent) from Street Fighter II and onward.
  • The Rival: Ryu is the only person who can spark Ken to give his all in martial arts. Once the two have gone their separate ways, the only thing Ken cares about is when they'll meet next time.
  • Shoryuken: And a fiery variant no less!
    • His most powerful version, the Shinryuken, adds spinning to the mix.
  • Shotoclone: The very first, created because there were no Mirror Matches in the original Street Fighter.
    • Street Fighter V has promised to finally bring him out of this shadow and give him a new spin on his playstyle, described as being more "in-your-face". Notable changes include his hard Tatsumaki now arcing as opposed to traveling straight and his EX Tatsumaki either rising up or shooting down, depending on if it's done from the ground or air respectively.
    • Referenced when he was revealed as Ryu's "Echo Fighter"note  Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, being called the "original" Echo Fighter.
  • Signature Move:
    • His Fierce Shoryuken, which hits three times and sets the opponent on fire. It's to the point where there was a flowchart made regarding it.
    • Street Fighter V has been putting a lot of emphasis on his version of the Tatsumaki Senpuukyaku; it's his character art, he uses it on Bison in the intro, the heavy version is very different than usual, and his Critical Art is basically a Tatsumaki on steroids.
  • Significant Birth Date: Ken was born on Valentine's Day.
  • Spirited Competitor: Played With. Ken doesn't like to lose at anything...but both fortunately and unfortunately for him, he's a Born Winner. That means he doesn't train nearly as hard or fight nearly as often as his peers. However, that changes if there's any risk at all that he could lose—at that point, Ken is as spirited as any other World Warrior.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Violent Ken from SNK vs. Capcom: Chaos and Ultra Street Fighter II, who was based on the brainwashed Ken from the animated movie. Its a matter of debate among fans if the Psycho Power-brainwashed Ken from Ryu's Alpha 3 campaign counts as Violent Ken or something else entirely.
  • Take That!: One of Ken's winquotes in Super Street Fighter IV:
    "See? The strongest fighter always wins! As easy to understand as a flowchart!"
  • Technician vs. Performer: The Performer to Ryu's Technician, practicing a much more flashy, more firey version of the same style.
  • Theme Naming: Read Ryu.
  • Uncle Pennybags: Most notably in the Street Fighter II V anime.
  • Understatement: Ken's victory quote against Charlie in Street Fighter V. See Unusually Uninteresting Sight.
  • Unknown Rival: Rufus in IV, and played with beyond that: not only he has no idea that Rufus is gunning for him, Rufus has no idea who Ken actually is, and continually mistakes other fighters for him. Including Cammy, who, as noted, is a girl.
    (rival match vs. Rufus)
    Rufus: "So Ken Masters! At last we meet! This going is going to hurt like nobody’s business!"
    Ken: "Hm... This could be interesting. Bring it on, meatball!"

    (Rufus rival match vs. Ken)
    Rufus: "Ha! Looks like I finally caught up to you, blondie! You gave me quite the run around! The fat lady's about to sing, ain't she?"
    Ken: "Wha-? Who the heck are you?"
  • Unskilled, but Strong: While he doesn't count as this in general, he is this compared to Ryu. Compared to Ryu's bare basics approach and daily training, he's Brilliant, but Lazy (mostly relying on his natural talent after graduating from Gouken's tutelage).
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: In Street Fighter V, all Ken has to say to Charlie is that he looks rough around the edges. Keep in mind that at this point Charlie bears a strong resemblance to Frankenstein's Monster.
  • V-Sign: His signature Victory Pose.
  • Wet Blanket Wife:
    • Eliza subverts this. As stated above in Loved I Not Honor More and Heterosexual Life-Partners, she's well aware that she will forever divide her life with her husband with his passion for fighting. In Street Fighter IV, when Ken antagonizes over whether to stay with his wife with their baby due any day now or take another opportunity to fight Ryu, Eliza tells him to go right ahead and do what he truly wants to. It's not like she or the baby will be going anywhere.
    • Played straight in the UDON comic. For a brief time, Eliza walks out on Ken when it becomes clear that he'd choose a life of fighting over her. She comes back, though, just in time to give him the morale needed to win his match.

Violent Monk
"Go to heaven."
Origin: Japan flag 
Fighting style: Shorinji Kempo
Voiced by: note 
A banished monk who was notably the first guy you fought in the original Street Fighter. Although he never actually appeared as a fighter in subsequent games, he appears in concept art for the first Street Fighter Alpha, where he is shown beating the crap out of Dan and has a role in Udon's Street Fighter comics as an old friend of Gouken.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: In the original game, Retsu was said to be have been excommunicated from his temple for being overtly violent (though he has mellowed out by SFV). In the UDON comics, his personality is more like what one would expect from an elderly monk, being a calm and wise sage.
  • Ascended Extra: He gets a considerably larger role in the UDON comics, acting as a confidant to Ryu as well as being the one who guided Gouken's spirit to the human world so that he could materialize a corporeal form.
  • Bald of Awesome
  • Bare-Fisted Monk
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows
  • Does Not Like Shoes
  • Meaningful Name: Retsu (?) means "violent" in Japanese and the reason why he was expelled from his monastery. It also goes along with the Theme Naming between him and Geki, who are named for the intensity of Japanese earthquakes.
  • Out of Focus: His only appearances were as one of the many opponents in the first game, and as one of the challengers that were defeated by M. Bison during the beginning of Decapre's Ultra Street Fighter IV trailer.

    Geki / Geki II
Claw-Wielding Ninja
"Ah ha ha ha ha ha!"
Origin: Japan flag 
Fighting style: Ninjutsu
A claw-wielding ninja who fought in the first tournament. It's been said that he was the one who a) trained Vega; and b) is related to Ibuki (possibly an uncle). He also uses shuriken and teleportation techniques.

He was apparently killed at some point off-screen, but he's been shown to have a disciple, also named Geki.
  • Ascended Extra: In the UDON comic series, the Geki are an entire clan of ninja assassins, but the one of them implied to be the guy from the game is the villain of Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki.
    • Before this, in a bonus comic centering around Gen, an assassin is summoned to kill Gen (forcing him to react and kill his assailant in front of a young Chun-Li). This individual has the exact same garb and weapon as Geki, further reinforcing there are many of these warriors who practice the same style of combat.
  • Evil Laugh: As seen in his quote, he does a creepy distorted one when he beats you in the original Street Fighter.
  • Killed Off for Real: Word of God says that the Geki from the original Street Fighter is dead — but he was just one of many, and has since been replaced.
  • Legacy Character: The original Geki is dead, but he was a part of a clan of similar ninja, and has a successor also called Geki.
  • Meaningful Name: Geki means "intense" in Japanese. It goes along with the Theme Naming between him and Retsu.
  • Ninja: Yup. Right down to the smoke-based teleportation and throwing shurikens.
  • Out of Focus: He hasn't appeared in the games at all since his first appearance.
    • Geki II makes a cameo in Vega's ending in Street Fighter V, where he and Vega have a cage match, both wielding claws.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: His successor is depicted this way — having one large brown forelock extending out from the front of his mask.
  • Smoke Out: Geki can do this as part of one of his unique moves, where he teleports to a different location to attack from.
  • Stock Ninja Weaponry: Both Gekis use shurikens, the original uses a Vega-like steel claw, and his successor uses a ninjatō.
  • Teleport Spam: As you can probably tell by his status as a ninja, he really enjoys doing this as he fights.
  • Wolverine Claws: The original wielder of these in the franchise — and in some media, it's heavily implied that he was the one who trained Vega in the art of wielding them. His successor also uses one, as shown by Vega's Street Fighter V ending.

Kung-Fu Master
"I have good fortune!"
Origin: China flag 
Fighting style: Bajiquan and Drunken Fist
A Chinese Kung Fu master who enters the first tournament to test his skills. Lee is the uncle of Yun and Yang from Street Fighter III. Other than the original Street Fighter, he makes an appearance in the Sakura Ganbaru!! manga as one of Sakura's opponents, and in the UDON comic as a challenger of Fei Long.

Silent Assassin
"You are a big fool!"
Origin: China flag 
Fighting style: "Mourning Style" and "Hateful Style" Kempo
Voiced by: note 
Portrayed by: note 
Former assassin and mentor to Chun-Li. A kung-fu master versed in an assassination style he created based on Chinese martial arts. Reappearing in Street Fighter Alpha 2, it is revealed he is dying of leukemia and seeks one last good fight before he passes on to the next world. This brings him to Akuma's attention and the two fight, but Akuma stops the fight, noticing Gen's illness and leaving, due to his principle of never fighting anybody who isn't at the top of their game. An insulted Gen goes after him, seeking to finish the fight. In IV, it is revealed that he was there when Chun-Li's father was abducted and killed by Shadaloo; his illness kept him from saving his friend, much to his chagrin.

He appears in Akuma's story prologue in V, where their final battle is depicted. He is eventually defeated and killed by Akuma, receiving the epic fight to the death he had long awaited.

Gen's playable debut in the Alpha series established him as one of the most difficult and tricky characters in the series. He has two stances: Sou (Mourning, based on Mantis-style kung fu) and Ki (Hateful, based on Crane-style kung fu), each having their own unique properties. While in Mantis stance, he focuses more on strong fundamentals, with good ground movement, long-range attacks to poke at the opponent, and strong anti-air capabilities. In Crane stance, his style focses more on aerial movement, feauring a longer jump arc and an off-the-wall diving kick that can be directed at various angles. A trait unique to Gen is that he can seamlessly transition between these stances at will by buffering in the inputs for them during any move, and mastery of Gen involves knowing precisely what situations are best appropriate for each stance and when to switch between them.
  • Anti-Hero: He eventually becomes this upon taking a level in kindness. He was Unscrupulous Hero at his worst.
  • Back for the Dead: He appears in Akuma's story mode...only to have his wish granted and die by Akuma's hand.
  • Badass Beard: Which he sometimes strokes sagely in his win poses
  • Blood Knight: In his SSFIV intro.
  • Brutal Honesty: A major basis for lot of his advice, and in a very serious manner as well. Because he has long been a professional killer and has been in the heat of the less than glamorous aspects of the martial arts, a lot of his wisdom is thrown with sharp tongue to get challengers to realize that fighting is not without its consequences, and of the proverb "A swimmer dies by drowning, a boxer dies by the fist."
  • Characterization Marches On: In the original game he was just a generic opponent. When he reappeared in Alpha 2, not only did he have a more fully formed personality, he was also presented as being far more powerful, to the point where it was retconned that Ryu didn't actually beat him, he instead withdrew from the tournament after deeming the fighters to not be worth his time.
  • Composite Character: In the UDON comics, he replaces Yun and Yang's unnamed grandfather as the one who trained (and presumably raised) them.
  • Consummate Professional: He was once known as the world's greatest assassin. Please do not question this fact.
  • Death Seeker: He's dying of cancer, leukemia, to be exact. He seeks someone to give him a deathmatch so that he won't die in his bed.
  • Determinator: He will not die until he gets his perfect opponent to actually fight him. Gen gets his wish, when he dies in battle with Akuma.
  • Died Happily Ever After: Come Street Fighter V, he's clearly delighted to have received his long-awaited last battle to the death with Akuma; meaning he can now die at peace with himself.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: With two completely distinctive movesets that he can switch between on the fly (and Super Street Fighter IV gives him four Ultras aka two per moveset), Gen is obviously not a pick-up-and-play type of character. Expert Gen players are rare to happen upon, but one will notice that they can pull ridiculous strings of attacks on your ass within seconds and soar across the screen like flying squirrels, able to break your guard at a moment's whim.
    • Confusion Fu: If said Gen players use him just right (much, much easier said than done), the opponent will never be able to predict his next move.
  • The Dreaded: His infamy through assassination eventually earned him reputation as one of Hong Kong's most feared and powerful assassins. Even in retirement, many challengers are foolish enough to think they have a chance of killing him to boost their reputation. None of them aside from Akuma have been ever seen since.
  • Evil Mentor: To Chun-Li. Possibly to Yun and Yang as well (see above).
  • Famous Last Words: "Your fist is indeed mighty, but without knowing the path of humanity, you will never reach the path of the divine."
  • Finger Poke of Doom: Quite a few of his moves apply, like the Hyakurenko, but his Sou/Mantis Style Ultras in Super Street Fighter IV, Zetsuei and Shi'tengetsu, are prime examples.
  • For Want of a Nail: If Gen hadn't withdrawn from the first World Warrior tournament, the events of the Street Fighter universe would have been very different: Ryu never would have faced Sagat and tapped into the Killing Intent, Bison and Akuma would never have noticed Ryu, Shadaloo might still be intact at its full force, and Charlie might still be alive.
  • Gratuitous English: "You are big fool!"
  • Handicapped Badass: He has leukemia and is still a dangerous combatant.
  • Killed Off for Real: All About Capcom states that Akuma eventually manages to settle his death match with Gen, with Gen dying as a result. V finally confirms it in Akuma's story mode.
  • Martial Pacifist: Even for as brutal and relentless he can get in battle, it all depends on the situation. Unless his challengers demand his life, he'll hold back on the more lethal aspects of his style.
  • Monochromatic Eyes
  • Morality Pet: Gen is a ruthless killer, but he ALWAYS shows a spot of tenderness to Chun-Li, who's probably his favorite (and greatest) student.
    • The UDON comic series also uses this to set up a My God, What Have I Done? moment that gives him his characterization. After having to defend himself in mortal combat against an assassin in plain view of the young Chun-Li, he decides that he has crossed a line in his choice of work and must give up his lifestyle before he imbues any negative values in his pupil.
  • My Greatest Failure: His leukemia prevented him from saving Chun-Li's father from M.Bison, and it haunts and torments him still. Trying to atone for his failure was one of his biggest reasons for taking her on as his apprentice.
  • No Brows
  • Not Quite Dead: Though thought to have died after the Alpha series, he returns alive and well in Street Fighter IV.
  • Old Master: Gen is considered the most dangerous assassin in the Street Fighter mythos. Even Akuma acknowledges that Gen in his prime would have probably wiped the floor with him.
    • And he's able to stand toe-to-toe with Akuma at his current age, even blocking the Shun Goku Satsu while suffering from cancer. Old master, indeed.
    • He was born in 1911 according to the original bios, and is the second oldest character. Even when said bios seem to have been taken out, he's still much visibly older than almost anyone in the cast. Yet he went head to head with Akuma and was fighting him on equal terms before Akuma broke the fight off because of Gen's poor health.
  • Out of Focus: Unlike the others on this page, he was brought back, but he still vanished for the extremely-long and genre-defining Street Fighter II era.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: 5'5" and is still one of the best fighters around.
  • Pressure Point: The Shi-ten-shu, which works as a Damage-Over-Time type of attack that culminates with a free stun—complete with a countdown, both of which can be stopped if the opponent manages to hit Gen. Several other attacks fit this as well.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs/Spam Attack: The Hyakurenko.
    • His trademark Zan'ei deals many blows from what seems to be a single hit.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers one to Akuma in his story mode. He essentially tells Akuma that the path he's following will never allow him to reach his full potential, and that he must regain and accept his humanity in order to truly walk the path of a god. Akuma kills him shortly afterward, but Gen's words leave a lasting impression.
  • Red Baron: The Devil of Hong Kong.
  • Shirtless Scene: He has a shirtless alternate outfit in Super Street Fighter IV.
  • Social Darwinist: One of his round win quotes in SFIV is "The weak deserve death."
  • Stance System: Gen has the unique ability among the characters in the series to switch between two stances, Sou/Mourning/"Mantis" and Ki/Hateful/"Crane", while fighting. When he changes from one style to another, his fighting stance, basic techniques, Special Moves and even Super Combos are changed. In IV, his masked outfit also has him change masks.
  • Story-Breaker Power: According to Akuma himself, if it weren't for Gen's leukemia he'd be a match for him and could even possibly last a while against Oni. This would put his healthier self right up there with beings like Gill and Evil Ryu.
  • Stroke the Beard: In his opening animation, and one of his possible taunts in IV.
  • The Only One Allowed To Kill You: To Akuma, if his win quote against him in IV is any indication:
    Gen: "I will not deliver the death blow this time. That pleasure comes another day..."
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In the base game of IV Gen is noticeably hostile to everybody he defeats (save Gouken, who he recognizes in an almost friendly way as knowing what death entails), threatening to kill most of them, even Chun-Li. Come SSFIV, and he is noticeably calmer, and offers advice to many of the warriors, whether pleasant or no. Although he is still rude, he turns from a cold blooded killer to an (albeit very blunt and sometimes cold) Warrior Therapist.
  • Warrior Therapist: When he is not being brutally honest about one's abilities or life choices or fighting Akuma, he is being this to the younger characters like Sakura, Ibuki and Makoto, as his win quotes against them indicate.
  • Wall Jumper: The Oga.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Old and ill and all, he can still pack quite a punch against younger, healthier and physically stronger fighters than himself. If Akuma is to be believed (and why shouldn't he be, anyway?), Gen's age and illness are the only things that make it remotely fair (in-story) for him to fight any of the other characters.
  • Worf Had the Flu: If he wasn't dying, a fight between him and anything less than another Story-Breaker Power would last half a minute at best
  • Worthy Opponent: Akuma sees him as one, which makes him one of the few characters Akuma respects. So much so that Akuma finally gives Gen his desired Duel to the Death in Akuma's Street Fighter V story.
  • Would Not Hurt A Child: In the UDON comics, the final straw that led to him giving up his life as an assassin was the realization that he had to permanently silence a young Chun-Li after she witnessed him killing Geki. He initially intended to kill her at his restaurant, but ultimately could not bring himself to murder an innocent child.

Headbutt Happy Glutton
"Oi! It ain't too late to run home to mum now!"
Origin: England flag 
Fighting style: Bar-room brawling
Voiced by: note 
A British bar bouncer who enters the first tournament looking for cash. He returns in the Alpha series, seeking to join Shadaloo. He succeeds and tries to steal Bison's Psycho Drive, but fails and escapes the destruction of the Shadaloo base. In the first Street Fighter he was a tall but slender light skinned mohawked punk, but was changed into a brutish black (but still British) thug in the Alpha series.

He returns to the series in Street Fighter V, no longer employed by Shadaloo, and with an updated look, looking noticeably paunchier than previous incarnations. In V, he's living as a freeloading house guest in Karin Kanzuki's estate, where he spends all of his time eating, sparring with Karin, and acting as a security guard.
  • Acrofatic: His Street Fighter V incarnation has gained quite a bit of a gut.
  • Adaptational Heroism/Adaptational Villainy: In the games, Birdie is employed by Shadaloo (until V), although he's considerably less evil than Bison's other subordinates. Non-game media seriously waffles as to which side of the spectrum Birdie falls on, though. The UDON comics make him an incurable career criminal. The Alpha manga and animation portrays Birdie as a violent yet surprisingly honorable ally to the heroes. He even saves Chun-Li from Evil Ryu when she was trying to arrest him just moments before.
  • Affably Evil: Even when he was employed by Shadaloo, he wasn't exactly a terrible guy, especially when compared to Bison's other subordinates like Balrog and Vega. In his Alpha 3 story mode, he even had a friendly confrontation with E. Honda, giving him a genuine compliment about his hair and only fights him because he wants to know what sumo is. When he mentions taking over Shadaloo, E. Honda thinks he's just making a joke.
  • All There in the Manual: Some background details; for instance, he was once a professional wrestler and formed a fearsome tag team with fellow British goliath Titanic Tim from the Saturday Night Slam Masters games.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: One palette is green.
  • Anime Hair: In the Alpha series, he has a large yellow mohawk with a physically impossible hole in it.
  • Ascended Extra: He gets an expanded role in the UDON comic series.
    • In Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation, he's the only "new" character to get any real depth, even fighting the Big Bad with the heroes, and saving Chun-Li.
  • Badass Moustache: In the Alpha series, taken even further in V, where it's longer.
  • Big Eater: He became one in Street Fighter V. His V-Skill ability allows him to eat one of three snacks: a donut, a banana, or an energy drink. The donut amps up his V-Trigger meter, the banana peel leaves a trap on the ground, and the energy drink has him throw a low-rolling can at his opponent. His victory animation also involves him tossing two donuts into the air and letting them drop into his mouth, before pulling out another giant donut and getting ready to chow down. Most of his dialog involves complaining that he's hungry, too.
    • His Arcade Mode endings in V show him to have always been this trope. What ended up pushing him over the edge and making him fat is when he joined Shadaloo. Apparently their cafeteria food is really good.
  • Big Fun: He became one in Street Fighter V. In fact, at his current weight of 507 pounds, he's the second heaviest human character in the entire series, behind Abigail.note  Yes, he's even heavier than Rufus, the fattest of all characters, and Hugo, the biggest mountain of muscle in the series behind Abigail.
  • Butt-Monkey: He's become this in Street Fighter V. Although his fighting skills manage to impress Karin, he often gets his ass kicked in the other story modes where he makes an appearance. He gets beaten by Ken, Rashid, Laura, R. Mika, Cammy, Ibuki, and by Charlie and Guile off-screen in Chun-Li's story. In the Cinematic Story, he's ambushed by Aprile of The Dolls, and after he manages to defend himself there, he's then immediately knocked out by Noembelu.
    • He can't even catch a break in his own Street Fighter V Arcade Mode ending. After defeating Karin in a fight, she reveals that she was wearing weights on her arms, and takes them off. The Oh, Crap! expression on Birdie's face seems to imply that round two isn't going to end well for him.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Birdie has an exclamation unique to not only each of his attacks but each strength of said attacks, including his famous "Goin' to heaven!" shout, which plays during his EX Killing Head headbutts.
  • Chained by Fashion/Chain Pain: Wears chains around each arm that he can use to ensnare his opponents.
  • Cherry Tapping: In Street Fighter V, Birdie's idle animation will pick a booger out of his nose and flick it at his opponent. It can knock them out.
  • The Chew Toy: Birdie's main role in the story of Street Fighter V is to get his ass kicked, often in hilarious ways. He manages to kick a few along the way, but the amount of characters that attack him are rather disproportionate.
  • Combat Haircomb: Birdie has a folding knife that has a comb built into the blade. He never actually uses it as part of an attack, though he'll still pull it out to style his hair.
  • Composite Character: His Street Fighter V redesign seems to be a combination of his Street Fighter I and Street Fighter Alpha appearances, with a few original additions, like his sudden weight gain and Big Eater tendencies. White in the original and black in Alpha, his skin tone now lies somewhere near the middle. Possibly a reference to Birdie's claim that he was pale in the first game due to being ill, Birdie is shown to have a sneezing attack. He's also lost the trademark hole in his mohawk, making it look more like his original Street Fighter I mohawk.
  • Cool Shades: Wears a pair in his Nostalgia costume in V, even though he didn't wear sunglasses in either SFI or Alpha.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: In the Alpha series. He is in Street Fighter V as well, and even has blond chest hair!
  • Defector from Decadence: Completely abandons Shadaloo in V, claiming that he "didn't like how they handled business." It's shown that in reality, he just didn't like how they made him wear a hat, covering his hairdo.
  • Determinator: If you buy his sickness excuse, Birdie's persistence is somewhat impressive.
  • Did Not Do the Bloody Research: For the very first time since his debut, in Street Fighter V, he has an English VA who voices him with a suitably gruff cockney/SE London accent. However, as well as his accent slipping a lot of the time, there are also a few notable cases of Did Not Do the Bloody Research;— witness Birdie referring to Shadaloo as a bunch of "wanks" (instead of wankers), much to the amusement of British fans everywhere.
    Birdie: I'm never going back. Piss off, Shadaloo!
  • Dressing as the Enemy: His alternate costume in V is a very ill-fitting Shadaloo soldier uniform.
  • Easter Egg: His stage in the first game has posters depicting the Velvet Underground's debut "banana album" artwork. The pub in front of which he fights is called "Blockheads" in reference to Ian Dury's seminal post-punk band, and the Bill Cravens depicted in the graffiti on the pub's door was a real person (he was a marketing executive who worked with plenty of game developers, including Capcom).
  • Face of a Thug: Birdie can be a jerk sometimes and once worked for Shadaloo, but he's really not that bad of a guy.
  • Fat Slob: Wears clothing much too small for him, eats like a pig, and even flings a booger as an idle animation.
  • Fighting Clown: Street Fighter V gives him new attacks such as throwing banana peels and soda cans at his opponent, which are much more comical than the series' usual mix of realistic martial arts with mild supernatural elements.
    • That said though, he still maintains his Super Strength and badass chain attacks from the previous games he's appeared in, and even gained a new one (Skip To My Chain) where he can smash an opponent into the ground hard enough to bury them waist-deep if he knocks them out them with it.
  • Fingerless Gloves
  • Fire-Breathing Diner: Birdie's V Trigger activation has him eat a hot pepper and breathe fire as a result. The fire now has a hitbox and does damage, and can indeed be used to KO an opponent.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: A big scary thug named Birdie.
  • Foil: For Eagle — as is often the case with depictions of English males in pop-culture generally, Street Fighter's English pair are designed so as to represent the extreme opposite ends of the cultural spectrum found in their native land. As a punk, Birdie represents the nation's anarchic, rock and roll culture, which contrasts enormously with Eagle, whose design evokes the classically sophisticated Quintessential British Gentleman.
  • Formerly Fit: Subverted. In Birdie's reappearance in Street Fighter V, he seems to have let himself go a bit, as he's now sporting a distinct beer belly. He's still got his muscles, though, so it's not that he's completely out of shape, just not as in shape as he used to be. Also, while he's still got his badass chain attacks, he's been given a few goofier moves, like sneezing, throwing banana peels/beer cans, and breathing fire from eating a red chili pepper.
    Ken: I could swear I've seen you around somewhere before. Well, give or take 200 pounds.
  • Freddie Mercopy: In Street Fighter V, Birdie gets an outfit that resembles the look Freddie Mercury has in the 1986 Wembley concert.
  • Genius Bruiser: In most other adaptations. In any case, it's incredibly surprising that Birdie is smart enough to be constantly plotting against Shadaloo.
  • Gonk: Not so much in his earlier incarnations. His redesign for V did not do him any favors.
  • Hammerspace: In Street Fighter V, he can pull a seemingly endless supply of donuts, bananas, soda and chili peppers out of nowhere. In his victory animation, he also somehow pulls out a donut that's even bigger than his massive gut!
    Ken: Boy you can eat! But where the heck are you pulling all that food from?
  • Hand Wave: "Oh, what? Before? I looked pale because I was sick!"
  • Heel–Face Turn: In V. He completely deserts Shadaloo, and wants nothing more to do with them. He ends up working at Karin's estate, serving as her sparring partner as well as a security guard.
    • Parodied, as though it was implied that Birdie left Shadaloo because he became disgusted by their increasingly crueler actions, the real reason he left was because F.A.N.G. forced him to wear a hat that would ruin his hair, rather than out of morality. The only reason he stays with Karin is because she feeds him and gives him a place to stay, though he seems to have more or less come around by the end.
  • Hotblooded Sideburns: Incorporated into his Alpha redesign, and very outrageously done - they almost look like a sideburns/mustache combo! Taken Up to Eleven in Street Fighter V as his sideburns are now even bigger and longer!
  • Hypocritical Humor: When fighting Février, the Bison Doll who uses guns, Birdie calls her out on using weapons. Février then calls him out on the fact that he uses chains. During the fight, he can also be heard saying that she's got a potty mouth, after she called him a "fat sack of merde." Birdie himself isn't exactly free of saying dirty words.
  • Idle Animation: He gains a notable one in Street Fighter V. Not only will he scratch his ass, but he'll pick his nose and flick the booger. If the opponent is standing close enough, the booger will actually hit them and even cause a minimal amount of damage!
  • Is It Something You Eat?: His win quote against Kolin.
    Birdie: "Systema"? What's that? Can I eat it?
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Birdie was never much of a villain to begin with, but he tends to act rather dismissive and anti-social when around others. With that said, though, he does genuinely appreciate any kindness thrown his way, especially if it involves food. The Cinematic Story has him contemplate leaving everyone to fight the battle against Shadaloo, but the ending cutscene shows that he's still there, and a big smile appears on his face when he sees that Ryu, Guile and Chun-Li are alive.
    • His SFI ending in Arcade Mode shows him treating Ryu to a meal after their fight.
  • Jump Rope Antics: His new super in Street Fighter V has him tying up the opponent with his chains, and then using them as a jump rope, which slams them into the ground with every swing.
  • Large Ham: Oh so very literally in V.
  • Licking the Blade: In Alpha, Birdie has a habit of licking his chains. This makes a return in V.
  • Lethal Joke Character: For all his goofy mannerisms and Butt-Monkey status in the story, he is consistently one of the highest performing characters in the competitive V scene. Much like Rufus from the previous game.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's basically Zangief mixed with Balrog/Boxer.
  • London Gangster
  • Lower-Class Lout
  • My Greatest Failure: His previous work as a Shadaloo goon. The other characters in V are quick to bring up his previous employment, much to his increasing annoyance.
    Birdie: I ain't with those Shadaloo wanks no more!
  • Nice Hat: Defied, he refuses to wear a hat that F.A.N.G tried to make him wear, causing Birdie to leave Shadaloo in Street Fighter V.
  • Nobody Touches the Hair: Birdie takes great pride in his big yellow mohawk, and becomes very concerned if he thinks his opponent is going to mess it up. This is why he left Shadaloo because he didn't want to wear a hat which messes up his hair according to his story mode in Street Fighter V.
  • No Brows
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Although only in Alpha: The Animation. His voice sounds more African-American rather than having a British accent
  • Odd Friendship: With Karin in V, although calling them "friends" is probably a stretch. She feeds him and lets him stay at her house in exchange for work as a sparring partner and bodyguard.
  • Parrying Bullets: Birdie tries this Wonder Woman style using his chains in his battle against Février in Street Fighter V. It works, but it still stings his arms.
  • Pet the Dog: In her story mode, Laura buys him an enormous meal after fighting him but then gets excited when he tells her about another fighter and runs off without paying for it.
    • Birdie's Arcade Mode ending for SFI shows that after his fight with Ryu, Birdie treated him to some burgers and fries.
  • Punk Rock: His overall look and design is based on a British punk rocker, although there are some differences in how this style is applied, depending on which game he appears in (his Alpha incarnation, for example, drew much from the Japanese punk style, where shoes with upturned tips are common) His Street Fighter V appearance is perhaps the nearest to classic punk style, and he evokes a burnt-out roadie or British Rock Star, complete with enormous beer-belly.
  • Race Lift: He debuted as a fair-skinned Caucasian in the original game, but for unknown reasons, he was ret-conned to being black when he next appeared in the Alpha series. Birdie acknowledges this by saying that he was pale due to being ill in the first game. Oddly enough, in his Street Fighter V appearance, his skin isn't quite as dark, but he isn't exactly white either.
    • Capcom went as far as to retcon his Street Fighter I appearance with this new design. However, Birdie's ending in the SFI version of Arcade Mode shows him as white again.
  • Scary Black Man: Except in the original game, where he was white. He states in Alpha 3 that he was really sick back then, and it made him look pale and flushed.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: In the UDON Comics series, he bursts in on a Chinese restaurant and causes some ruckus in the name of Shadaloo. He's confronted by Guile who says he's nothing more than a lowly thug that Bison wouldn't even know the name of if he were given the time of day.
  • Stout Strength: In Street Fighter V. Although he's gained a bit of a stomach and is now the heaviest character in the series, he's no less strong than he previously was- still being able to swing his opponents around overhead repeatedly with his chain, for instance.
  • Tattooed Crook: In the Alpha series, he gained a heart tattoo on the left side of his head. In V, he gains another couple of tattoos, with "Life Like Dice" written on his stomach and a pair of dice on his left arm.
  • Theme Naming: Birdie and Eagle are two terms used in Golf.
    • Birdie's attacks are universally either named after some aspect of criminality or have a "Bull" prefix.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: He's a freeloader who is living with Karin Kanzuki's family.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: He's got a pretty big upper body, though to what extent depends on the adaptation. He was rather average in the first game, then became much bulkier in the Alpha series. In the animations and the UDON comics he appears in, he's much more exaggeratedly huge, with almost gorilla-like proportions. In V, he's very similar in build to his Alpha days, but with the addition of having a huge gut.
  • Turns Red: His V-Trigger I literally turns him red, as it's induced by him eating a super hot chili pepper. When powered up, his specials do more damage, and he gains armor on his headbutt attacks.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: UDON's World Warrior Encyclopedia sums up Birdie's fighting style as "an unrefined, sloppy combination of barroom brawling and crushing professional wrestling maneuvers." He's never had any actual training as a fighter, but he's powerful and he has a lot of experience.
  • Use Your Head: He didn't gain the title of "Headbutt Happy Glutton" in Street Fighter V for nothing.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He wears no shirt, only a vest.
  • Wardrobe Malfunction: It's for a small fraction of a second, and it automatically corrects itself, but Birdie's pants fall down exposing his ass during his Bull Head attack.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Birdie has gone through what is undoubtedly the biggest visual overhaul in the history of the series, starting out as a fit white man and eventually becoming a fat black man. The only aspect of Birdie's character that has remained completely consistent is him being a British punk.

The Fancy Bodyguard
Origin: England flag 
Fighting style: Bojutsu
Voiced by: note 
British bodyguard who enters the first tournament to test his skill. He did not make a playable appearance until Capcom vs. SNK 2, and was added to the portable editions of Street Fighter Alpha 3 after he gained more recognition.
  • Ascended Extra: Started out as a non-playable opponent in Street Fighter, but has since reappeared in Capcom vs. SNK 2, and the portable editions of Street Fighter Alpha 3.
  • Attack Reflector: St. Andrews Green — Eagle swings his batons like a golf club, which as well as acting as a powerful hit in itself, also reflects fireballs and other projectiles.
  • Badass Gay: Notably, he's the first homosexual fighter in the franchise.
  • Badass Mustache: Sports a bushy, blonde 'tache.
  • Cultured Badass: The series' original version, before characters such as Dudley and Karin. The dislikes listed in his bio include "ungentlemanly behaviour" and "unrefined fellows".
  • Dash Spam Attack: His Oxford Red, which is also used at the ending of his Union Jack Platinum super introduced in CVS 2.
  • Dual Wielding: Wields a pair of Escrima batons.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Only one of his special moves, St. Andrews Green, doesn't involve spinning in some fashion or another. He even twirls his batons around like a drummer when he taunts. There's even a special intro between him and Zangief in CVS 2 where they parry each other with the Manchester Black and the Double Lariat (which are funcionally the same moves).
  • Extremity Extremist: He attacks with just his batons. No punches or kicks!
  • Foil: For Birdie — as is often the case with depictions of English males in pop-culture generally, Street Fighter's English pair are designed so as to represent the extreme opposite ends of the cultural spectrum found in their native land. As a punk, Birdie represents the nation's anarchic, rock and roll culture, which contrasts enormously with Eagle, whose design evokes the classically sophisticated Quintessential British Gentleman. That being said though, Eagle can be pretty cold-blooded himself.
  • Freddie Mercopy: Eagle was first made for this game as an expy of the bodyguard Petrov from Bruce Lee's Fist of Fury, but his comeback in Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium and the portable versions of Street Fighter Alpha 3 was a direct homage to Freddie Mercury, having various of his mannerisms and Catch Phrases like "The Show Must Go On" and "No Time For Losers". Even further, his winquotes in the Japanese version present him as a Straight Gay, who makes suggestive remarks to the male characters he fights.
  • Gratuitous English: "No time for losers!".
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a large one on his left cheek.
  • Hunk: Of the classy variety.
  • I Know Madden Kombat: An extremely muted example, but it's there; one of his moves, the above mentioned St. Andrews Green, is just Eagle swinging his sticks like a golf club. The name of the move also references a famous golf course in Scotland.
  • Manly Gay: He is openly gay (his dialogue in the Japanese version of Capcom vs. SNK 2 make it glaringly obvious) and his taunt ("No time for losers.") and victory quote ("The show must go on.") reference Freddie Mercury of Queen.
  • Meaningful Name: A golf term, and supplementary material suggests he's quite skilled at the game.
  • Out of Focus: He was thought to have disappeared with the other original Street Fighter characters, but reappeared in Capcom vs. SNK 2 and the handheld versions of Alpha 3. However, he hasn't made an appearance since then — and isn't often represented in other media, either.
  • Quintessential British Gentleman: Certainly in appearance, with his dress-shirt and cravat, and also in his appreciation for refinement and gentlemanly behaviour.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Fights in suit trousers, a formal shirt, braces, and a bow-tie or cravat.
  • Simple Staff: Escrima sticks, really. They still hurt, of course; but as far as weapons go, you don't get much less complicated. By Street Fighter V, he upgrades them into taser-equipped rods.
  • Stun Gun: Traded in his batons for taser sticks come Street Fighter V.
  • Surprisingly Good English: He has a Japanese voice actor, but at least speaks English well.
  • Straight Gay: Until you read his Japanese quotes, which are peppered with innuendos about his male opponents and expressions of disinterest in his female opponents.
    Eagle: (Vs. Dhalsim) I don't think that the saying "the longer, the better" holds true.
    Eagle: (Vs. Zangief) Hmm... I'm so very sorry, but your body doesn't cause any particular feeling to bud in me.
    Eagle: (Vs. Cammy) My apologies. I am not interested in young ladies.
    Eagle: (Vs. Morrigan) Trying to seduce me with charm is useless. The reason? Don't ask dumb questions.
  • Theme Naming: His attacks are named after various locations in the UK plus colors; Manchester Black, for example. Additionally, both Birdie and Eagle are two terms used in Golf; and his St Andrews Green special move is a reference to the famous golf course of the same name.

The Superstar
"Okay, baby!"
Origin: USA flag 
Fighting style: Kickboxing
An underground martial artist from Missouri who entered the tournament to test his skills. He eventually faced money problems, and turned to violent crime to solve them. He currently fights in tournaments under the name "Superstar."
  • Anime Hair: His retcon design has this, with his hair being slicked back from behind, and pointing upward in a star-like pattern on the front.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Depicted this way in Street Fighter V concept art.
  • Does Not Like Spam: According to his Street Fighter V profile, he can't stand pickles.
  • Fallen Hero: Joe was originally the undisputed kickboxing champion of the United States, but became an outlaw on the road after being hit by financial problems and several violent outbursts outside of the ring. However, he eventually made a comeback in several indie tournaments, under the ring name of "superstar".
  • Out of Focus: He hasn't appeared at all since his first appearance. He and Mike are the only characters who haven't appeared in anything Street Fighter related since the original game. It was thought for a long time that the two guys fighting in the intro to Street Fighter II were Joe and Mike, but Word of God says that those were to completely different characters named Scott and Max.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy
    • Meaningful Name: Look at the above trope. Then look at the character's name.
  • Symbol Motif Clothing: Stars. As of Street Fighter V, he's developed a fondness of star shaped things, wears a star belt, and his ring name is "Superstar."
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: In his original appearance, before Street Fighter V gave him a midriff-baring tank top.

Reformed Criminal
"Ha ha ha! I'm strongest!"
Origin: USA flag 
Fighting style: Heavyweight boxing
A former criminal from Oklahoma who entered the world of professional boxing after serving prison time for committing an armed robbery. Now he's reformed, and is the polar opposite to Balrog.
  • Extremity Extremist: As a boxer, he only punches.
  • Gold Tooth: Gained one in his Street Fighter V redesign.
  • Good Counterpart: Toward Balrog. Formerly a criminal, Mike reformed and learned to box whilst in prison, and now he helps the needy and gives kids self-defense boxing classes.
  • Ill Girl: Mike entered the tournament to raise money to pay for his sick little sister's treatment.
  • No Brows: Curiously, his Street Fighter V redesign lacks visible eyebrows.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. At least in Japan. The series apparently has two African-American boxers by the name of Mike, the other being Balrog, whose Japanese name is "Mike Bison." This has lead to a lot of confusion over whether or not Mike and Balrog are the same character, although Capcom has been insistent that the two are totally unrelated.
  • Out of Focus: He hasn't appeared at all since his first appearance, as Balrog pretty much made him redundant. It was thought for many years that he and Joe were the two fighting in the Street Fighter II intro, but that was apparently two completely unrelated characters named Max and Scott.
    • He makes a small cameo in V, during Balrog's ending in the Street Fighter I themed Arcade Mode, although the whole thing was All Just a Dream and purely a joke about how similar the two are.
  • Retcon: Just like what happened with Balrog, his original backstory described him as being expelled from boxing after killing a man in the ring. This was retconned with something more realistic, since you cannot be expelled from boxing if you kill someone accidentally in the ring in a official bout, unless if you did it intentionally.note 
    • His new backstory involves him being a former criminal from Oklahoma, who was sent to prison after being involved in an armed robbery. There, he took up boxing, and once he was released, entered the tournament to raise money for his ill younger sister's medical treatment— and later moved on to teaching self-defence boxing classes afterward.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: He and Joe are considered the two most generic characters in the original Street Fighter, which is probably why they haven't made any reappearances.
  • Scary Black Man: Although he's the polar opposite to Balrog.

Fanged Beast
"I will show you just how strong I am!"
Origin: Thailand flag 
Fighting style: Muay Thai
Voiced by: note 
A hotheaded, arrogant Muay Thai master. He used to be Sagat`s apprentice until Sagat's loss against Ryu in the first game. During the first two Alpha games, Adon challenged Sagat for the title of Emperor of Muay Thai and won, although barely. In Alpha 3, he went to find Akuma, but failed in his search. He cameos in Street Fighter IV, where he returned to Thailand only to be defeated by Sagat, and then makes a full comeback to the playing cast in Super Street Fighter IV.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the UDON comics, Adon is very much the same antagonistic, condescending character he is in the games, but he is portrayed more sympathetically, as Dhalsim when reading his mind learns that he acts maliciously to hide the fact that deep down he is very insecure and yearns for acceptance. By the time of Street Fighter Unlimited, while he acts just as arrogantly as he usually does, his thoughts reveal that Adon has matured and humbled considerably. He has regained his respect for Sagat and acknowledges that he has a long way to go before becoming a true "God of Muay Thai". He even surprisingly joins the other fighters to stop Gill.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the Street Fighter Alpha manga, Adon was presented as a far more villanous character. Not only did the manga introduce the character´s desire to have the Satsui No Hado for himself, but Adon is presented as working for Shadaloo in order to take revenge on Ryu (since in this continuity Sagat refused the call from the very beginning) and kills several fighters (including Eagle) for absolutely no reason. He also manages to force Ryu into giving in to the Satsui No Hado by making him believe that his friends were crushed to death.
  • Always Second Best: To Sagat, much to Adon's chagrin. Though he did fairly defeat Sagat during the events of Street Fighter Alpha, earning him his current status as Muay Thai champion.
  • Animal Motifs: Jaguars. All of his attacks have "jaguar" in their names. This is why his "Wild" costume in USFIV is, of course, a chameleon.
  • Anime Hair: Just look at the guy's picture. In a series with quite a few characters that have crazy hairstyles, he definitely has one of the crazier ones.
  • Anti-Villain: He's motivated by frustration and rage at being abandoned by Sagat after the loss to Ryu, rather than his more familiar "I WILL BEAT UP EVERYONE EVER" deal. He eventually grows to hate Sagat for having smeared the name of Muay Thai by losing to Ryu, and decides to beat him down to take the crown as the reigning king of Muay Thai.
  • Arrogant Muay Thai Guy: He's easily one of the best examples (if not THE best example) of this trope in the entire Street Fighter series. He has nothing but contempt for anyone else and he shows absolutely no friendliness or respect to ANYONE. If you try to fight him, he will do everything to give you a savage beatdown.
    • Although, according to one of his win quotes in IV, he can be capable of some degree of respect.
    Adon: Not bad, but not good enough to dethrone the king!
  • Blood Knight: Unlike Sagat, Adon doesn't really fight for an expressed purpose. He just wants to play.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: The only way to wipe that smug grin off his face is to beat it off. No easy task, that...
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Prior to the events of IV, he challenges Sagat, who had come to see one of his matches. One Tiger Destruction later, Adon is down for the count.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Adon did defeat Sagat in a fight for the title of Muay Thai champion, something Ryu canonically never did. However, Sagat was still hurting from his injury to Ryu and was consumed by such Unstoppable Rage that Adon nearly died from the battle. When they have a casual rematch years later, Sagat effortlessly defeats Adon.
  • The Dragon: In the first Street Fighter, towards Sagat.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: In their rival battle, Sagat implies that Adon may be trying to harness the Satsui no Hado.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Adon views being a loser as this as seen by his attitude towards Sagat after the latter lost to Ryu. As far as he is concerned Sagat, is nothing if he isn't the undefeated God of Muay Thai.
    Adon: Death awaits tigers and jaguars who have lost their fangs. When the mere act of living is humiliating, you're finished.
  • Fiery Redhead: He's hot-blooded and has a hot temper.
  • Fragile Speedster: He's REALLY fast and his attacks do not lack power, but his health is below average in SSFIV and USSFIV.
  • A God Am I: "I will see them worship me as a god!" said to Sagat in Super Street Fighter IV before their rival match.
  • Gratuitous English:
    "Jaguar Kick!"
    "Jaguar Tooth!"
    "Rising Jaguar!"
    "Jaguar Revolver!"
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Hypocrite: Absolutely chides and detests Sagat for losing to Ryu, which has him (Adon) believe that he has disgraced Muay Thai, all while conveniently forgetting about the fact that Ryu defeated him without much effort before fighting Sagat.
  • Hypocritical Humor: His win quote if you beat Abel in Super Street Fighter IV ("Obsession with the past is a sign of weakness, worm!") sounds a bit odd once you consider what his characterization is after the 1st game.
  • Insufferable Genius: He has one mean bite to back up all his barking.
  • Jerkass: To everyone, and he's not even an actual villain.
  • Kneel Before Zod: He wants the world (and especially Sagat) to bow down before him and worship him as a god.
    (before Adon's rival match against Sagat)
    Sagat: "The power you’re after is twisted."
    Adon: "Just save it! Everyone will bow before me. I will see them worship me as a God!"
    (during said rival match)
    Adon: "Grovel before me!"
  • Martial Arts Headband: Although if you want to be technical, it's called a Mong kon.
  • Meaningful Name: Adon means lord and in theorphory is used to honor or allude to God. Now think about Adon's mannerisms and personality.
  • No Indoor Voice: He's... quite the loud mouth. Both in and out of battle.
  • Perpetual Smiler: He always has that extremely arrogant and grotesque grin on his face.
  • Red Baron: Subverted. The "God of Muay Thai" is nothing more than a self-pronounced title, showing his arrogance. However, he has beaten many Muay Thai practitioners including Sagat so it’s not like he’s undeserving of it either.
  • Screaming Warrior: He's constantly yelling and shrieking while making bird-like Kiais in battle.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Outside Dan, probably the biggest example in the series. He's a strong fighter in his own right (his ending in Alpha 2 had him destroy a huge statue of Sagat with a knee blow), but even his defeat against Ryu has done nothing to quell his inflated ego and he still insists on being the most powerful man on Earth.
  • Smug Super: Though a prideful, egocentric man, his arrogance isn't for nothing and is pretty much justified, he was the reigning Muay Thai champ thanks to Sagat's tutelage, someone who actively pursued Akuma of all people to fight him personally after his competitors were murdered, and is capable of smashing a Buddha statue's face with just one knee strike. Just like the jaguar, this man is dangerous and powerful.
  • Sore Loser: Subverted. After Sagat defeats him in their rematch in IV, he isn't bothered by it at all. In fact, he later concedes Sagat fights well and is simply determined to continue surpassing him.
  • The Starscream: Hell, his American dub voice even sounds like Starscream. Although unlike Starscream, he is not at all a Dirty Coward.
  • Theme Naming: Adon is the Jaguar to Sagat's Tiger.
  • Trash Talker: One of the biggest trash talkers in the series. Several of the other characters even lampshade this in their win quotes to him in Super Street Fighter IV. But given his character, this isn't too surprising.
  • Villainy-Free Villain: He’s not a villain, just a vindictive asshat.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: His default costume.
  • Wall Jumper: His Jaguar Tooth.

The King
"You are not a warrior. You're a beginner!"
Origin: Thailand flag 
Fighting style: Muay Thai
Voiced by: note 
Portrayed by: note 
The King of Muay Thai and former Dragon to M. Bison. He is considered a national hero in Thailand thanks to his dedication to his craft and hosted the first Street Fighter tournament to prove his superiority as a fighter. After his scarring at the hands of Ryu, he became angry and confused, joining Shadaloo in an effort to find Ryu and avenge himself. After battling a revenge-filled Dan Hibiki (Sagat had killed Dan's father Go in retaliation for the loss of Sagat's eye), Sagat began to realize the fruitlessness of his need for revenge against Ryu; this was sealed at the sight of a Brainwashed and Crazy Ryu so he left Shadaloo, seeking to fight Ryu instead as a true warrior. Believing himself to have lost his fighting spirit, he is challenged by Adon and defeats him, promptly reigniting it, and shortly afterward enters the Street Fighter IV tournament.

Sagat is absent from the events of Street Fighter V, with his name only being mentioned a few times in passing. However, he eventually returned as part of the Season 3 roster of DLC characters.
  • The Ace: He won his first fight with Ryu, only being scarred thanks to a cheap-shot Metsu Shoryuken. By Alpha 3, after the encounter with Bison, both he and Ryu admit he was the stronger fighter and Ryu wasn't ready to face him.
  • Achey Scars: Given to him in his first big battle against Ryu. This lasts until the climax of the Alpha series. He could even draw on his hatred as a super (or as an EX Move in IV and V) to briefly buff his next Tiger Blow.
  • Adaptational Heroism: The Ryu Final manga emphasises his noble qualities, showing him on a rescue mission to save some kidnapped children and having a much more pronounced friendship with Ryu.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • Like Zangief, Sagat went through a lot of this before his past was fleshed out in the Alpha series, although this was more because he was the second-to-last boss and said to still be a member of Shadaloo.
    • Downplayed, but he's very much a neutral character in the Udon comics, whereas the games have him going on more of an Anti-Hero trajectory.
  • Ambidextrous Sprite: The page image. Finally subverted in the EX series and later IV when technology was finally able to keep his scar and eyepatch consistent when facing either side of the screen.
  • Animal Motif: Tigers. All of his attacks have "tiger" in their names. Taken to the logical extreme in V, where a literal tiger appears in his intro to herald his presence.
  • Anti-Hero: A brutal and savage fighter in the ring, but also a Friend to All Children who has noble goals.
  • Anti-Villain: Sagat was in the first SF tournament merely to test his skills against the best fighters in the world. He might have been a ruthless fighter, but he wasn't an evil one. His scarring at Ryu's hands instilled hatred in him and motivated him to join Shadaloo, but he realized that Shadaloo was not the right way, and his rivalry with Ryu has cooled down with time. Now he's just a fighter who will not settle with being second place, and despite their rivalry, he and Ryu are friends now, according to his ending in Super Street Fighter IV.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He was this in the early years of the series canon, most evidently being the reason he held the original World Warrior tournament: he just wanted to prove he was better than the best guy who could make it through the tournament (initially it was claimed Ryu had won but this was later retconned to claim Sagat won the fight itself but took a cheap shot from Ryu after the match that left him with the chest scar). It was also because of this that he took his scarring at Ryu's hand so personally. Presumably this side of him was shed following the Alpha series where he had his Heel Realization upon meeting Dan and learning how dangerous Bison really was. By Street Fighter II and Street Fighter IV he's considerably mellowed and sees Ryu as a Worthy Opponent and Friendly Rival.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority:
    "They call me the king for a reason."
  • The Atoner:
    • Since the Alpha games, where he realized that his grudge against Ryu and joining Shadaloo were wrong. In IV, he distances himself from Shadaloo and now seeks to fight Ryu not for revenge, but for a fair and honorable battle.
    • Strangely averted in regards to murdering Dan's father, despite Dan's quest for revenge against him being what gives him his Heel Realization in the first place. His win quotes against Dan aren't apologetic, instead Sagat calls Dan weak and dismisses his quest as silly. The most he does for Dan is throw their fight in Alpha so that Dan can feel satisfied in defeating the man who killed his father.
  • Badass Baritone: He has a deep voice in every game.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: While not really a villain at the time, Sagat did defeat Ryu during the first World Warrior tournament, and almost killed him as well.
  • Bald of Awesome: Sagat has always been awesome. Even when he was working for Shadaloo, he was still the King of Muay Thai and a Worthy Opponent for the good guys. It should be noted, though, that he actually used to be a Badass Longhair.
  • Bald of Evil: In the II series (which has since been retconned), and in Alpha prior to his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: Sagat's Story Mode in V involves him fighting his inner demons. He battles a mirror image of himself that acts like he used to before seeing Ryu under Bison's control and forced into using the Satsui no Hado. Eventually, it's revealed that Sagat is also capable of using the Satsui no Hado, but manages to suppress it through sheer force of will, and he now strives to be someone truly worthy of the title of "King".
  • Berserk Button: While he and Ryu are polite to each other for the most part, Sagat will spit it if he thinks that Ryu is holding back.
    "You threw the fight! Why would you deny me the pleasure of a fair victory?"
  • Big Bad: In the first game.
  • Blood Knight: Sagat eventually learns that fighting is not only about winning and losing and he wants to learn the meaning and purpose of fighting.
  • Blue Baron: The Emperor of Muay Thai.
  • Calling Your Attacks: "Tiger Uppercut!"
  • Continuity Drift: He's a straight-up bad guy in II, and his ending has him looking forward to a fight to the death with Ryu. In Alpha, which is a prequel, he's a Noble Demon who undergoes a Heel–Face Turn at the end. This characterisation has stuck, and he's been a good guy ever since.
  • Cool Pet: By the time of V, he owns a pet tiger named Willa Maiu.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: This was Ryu's goal in the first game. According to current canon, Ryu didn't defeat him (in fact, Sagat almost beat Ryu to death). That honor instead goes to Adon.
  • Defector from Decadence: Decides during the Alpha series that Shadaloo was merely there as a vessel for his revenge against Ryu, which he no longer values, and leaves the organization, realizing that what he was associating with was not an honorable way for a warrior to live.
  • Demoted to Dragon: A textbook example. He was the Final Boss in the first game, and the second-last boss in the second.
  • Determinator: After defeating Ryu in the first tournament, he is hit with a cheap-shot Metsu Shoryuken, which is powerful enough to kill. Even though Sagat's torso is torn open from the stomach to the base of his shoulder, he is back on his feet very quickly, vowing revenge.
  • The Dragon: To M. Bison in II and Alpha. Sagat personally acted as Bison´s sparring partner and bodyguard during his visits to Thailand.
  • The Emperor: In a figurative sense.
  • Evil Former Friend: Sagat used to be Bison's sparring partner.
  • Evil Laugh: In the Alpha (and by proxy Capcom vs. SNK) and EX series. After Alpha, it's more of a condescending laugh.
  • Eyepatch of Power: He lost his eye in a fight with Dan's father, Go Hibiki. Sagat then killed Go in a fit of rage.
  • Face Palm Of Doom: His standard grab works like this.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Gives one to Go Hibiki in the comics.
  • Family-Unfriendly Violence: There is an official artwork of Evil Ryu scarring him with the Metsu Shoryuken. It's not pretty.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride. His bruised ego after his fight with Ryu is what caused him to join Shadaloo in the first place.
  • Final Boss: Sagat is the last opponent in the original Street Fighter.
  • Fireballs: Possesses most of the only true examples in the series; the Tiger Shot and Tiger Cannon.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: As stated under Ryu's entry, the two have a long and complicated history, but they have developed a deep respect as a result of their rivalry, and Sagat calls Ryu "an old friend" in his SSFIV ending.
  • A Friend in Need: Street Fighter x Tekken shows that Sagat is perfectly willing to drop everything to help Dhalsim go on a rescue mission.
  • Friend to All Children: He's revered as a national hero in Thailand. In his ending from Super Street Fighter IV, you actually see him in a tender moment with some of the local Thai children. (Adon's SSFIV ending has him watching over this same scene, however, and he very cynically concludes that Sagat has lost his bite.)
  • Gentle Giant: Post-Alpha, when off the ring. As said above, Sagat gets along very well with children and does not tolerate any injustice towards people in need.
  • The Gift: The reason Sagat chose to become a Muay Thai fighter is that Muay Thai style benefits someone with height and long limbs—something Sagat has in abundance. He was able to use this to excel in the sport exceptionally fast, and revolved his entire style and technique around exploiting his superior reach.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars:
    • He suffered severe loss of eyesight in his right eye as a result of beatings he received as a kid.
    • His right eye was torn out by Go Hibiki, Dan's father. This prompted Sagat to undergo a Turns Red moment and kill him in response. Hence the whole You Killed My Father thing that drives Dan during Alpha.
    • As for the scar on his chest, after getting beat down by Sagat, Ryu's will to win at all costs opened him to the Satsui no Hado, and in what is perhaps Evil Ryu's only canonical appearance, Ryu blasted Sagat with the Metsu Shoryuken. The rest is history...
    • Sagat eventually was retconned in Alpha 3 to merely being consumed with despair and rage over his scarring and willingly joining Shadaloo simply to get a shot at Ryu. His first mid-boss fight was with a rage-filled Dan, and upon seeing him get up and keep on struggling after having lost, Sagat saw his own anger reflected in Dan's and so he started to question himself and his revenge. Later he learned of Bison and Shadaloo's true nature when Bison presented him with a fight with a Psycho Drive-brainwashed Ryu; he quickly underwent a Heel–Face Turn, stalled out, and broke Ryu's mind control. In Street Fighter IV, Ryu and Sagat are rival matches in Arcade Mode and speak to each other as honored opponents.
  • Gratuitous English: All of his attacks.
    "Tiger Uppercut"
  • Handicapped Badass: Screw depth perception and peripheral vision! Sagat only needs one eye!
  • Heel: Sagat the fighter is a jerk who belittles his opponents and uses a brutal style. Sagat the person is a Friend to All Children who functions as his village's protector and (as evidenced by his previously having Adon as a student) is perfectly happy to pass on his skills to the next generation.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Since the Alpha games.
  • Heel Realization: It first starts when Sagat is challenged by Dan Hibiki, and he sees in Dan's eyes the same rage he feels for Ryu, and he realizes that the power of hatred is limited. He pretends to be defeated and resigns from Shadaloo to train on his own.
  • Heroic Neutral: Of the Anti-Hero variety. Sagat is perfectly content to be left to his own devices to develop his skills and mind, but as evidenced by his stories in Street Fighter x Tekken and SFV, he's perfectly capable of going on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge if innocent people in his or his friends' villages are attacked.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: In Alpha 3, Sagat fights the brainwashed Ryu while Ken and Sakura challenge Bison. It takes Sagat's urging, plus Sakura's injury at the hands of Bison, to rouse Ryu out of his trance.
  • I Let You Win: Dan didn't actually defeat him but Sagat feigned a loss in order to let Dan stop dwelling on his desire to avenge his father, not wanting him to succumb to the same twisted sense of obsession that he's had for Ryu since getting scarred.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sagat has major issues with his pride and is very rude to his opponents, but he's also a deeply compassionate man who despises injustice. This quote from Street Fighter X Tekken says it all:
    "This disregard for the innocent has incurred the wrath of the King. There will be no forgiveness!"
  • Karma Houdini: Suffers no repercussions for assisting the criminal efforts of Shadaloo. Though at least he wised up and is making an effort to wash away the sins of his past.
  • Ki Manipulation: Sagat can throw fiery projectiles at his opponent; since he's quite tall, he was given the ability to shoot the opponent both high or low from the ground.
  • Large and in Charge: Official canon has him at 7'5" (226 cms) and 240 pounds (120 kgs), making him the fourth tallest character in the series, even standing over Zangief, though Zangief is heavier. The only other characters purely larger then Sagat are Abigail, who stands at 8' and 584 pounds, Hugo, 7'10 and 440 pounds, and Q, 7'6 and 340 pounds.
  • Meaningful Name: "Sagat" means "to intercept" or "to stop something from advancing" though "Guardian" or "Protector" is probably a more lyrical translation of the name from Thai, and suits his role as both the final boss of SF I and the final challenge before players take on Bison in II.
  • Mighty Glacier: In Street Fighter II Sagat had average mobility speed but later appearances dialed back his walk speed and forced players to rely more on his exceptional range. He typically sports above-average health and his projectiles have excellent recovery, allowing him to easily create a gap that's difficult to close, keeping a Tiger Uppercut in his back pocket for those times an opponent goes airborne in order to get close.
  • Mondegreen: Sagat's japanese VA tends to be...less than coherent, and is well know for things like; "Tiger Bro!" "Tiger Chow!" and, as of SF4, "Tiger Distraction!" note  Or, as Sp00ky puts the last one: "Tigeeeeeer EATS BREAKFAST!"
  • Monochromatic Eyes: In every appearance sans I and The World Warrior. These actually serve as a mark of his character development. His ending artwork in V for the I arcade route that he used to have pupils, but after Ryu defeated him, he gained these, symbolizing him being "blinded by rage, hate, and revenge". As the story progresses and his character developers, however, they turn into full-on Prophet Eyes like Dhalsim's, when he begins to understand Ryu's path and what he struggles with (the Satsui no Hado).
  • My Greatest Failure:
    • Before Alpha 3, Sagat considered his attempt to show compassion to Ryu after defeating him a huge mistake. He took his scar as further proof that he was the true loser of the first World Warrior tournament. Come Alpha 3, Sagat reconsiders and decides that Ryu scarring him set off a chain of events towards a change in him, for the better.
    • The fact that Adon was once his apprentice is now a source of shame for him.
  • Noble Demon: Even at his worst, he maintained a sense of honour.
  • Noble Top Enforcer: For Bison in II and Alpha. The only reason he's working for Bison is a rematch with Ryu.
  • No Brows: Like a lot of other fighters in the series.
  • Odd Friendship: With Dhalsim, of all people. They're partners in Street Fighter x Tekken, and Sagat's quotes against Dhalsim in IV are all constructive criticism (which is about as close to outright praise as you can get from Sagat).
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Occasionally his English VA will slip back into a Scary Black Man voice.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • During Alpha 3, Sagat is challenged by Dan, who's seeking vengeance for the death of his father. Seeing far more of himself (and his own vengeful behavior towards Ryu) in Dan than he's comfortable with, he lets Dan win, thus preventing Dan from going down his path.
    • His ending in Super Street Fighter IV is this and then some more.
    • This win quote against Sakura is one of the nicest things he's said in the entire canon:
    "Believe in your own power and do not rely on mimicry of others."
  • Playing with Fire:
    • The Lv3 versions of Tiger Cannon and Tiger Raid in Alpha.
    • Also, his Tiger Destruction in IV.
  • Power Of Hate: The Angry Scar move was originally Sagat tapping into his hatred of Ryu to infuse his next Tiger Uppercut with more strength. Nowadays, it's implied that it's him tapping into his desire to face Ryu in honorable combat. It turns out that his lingering hatred makes him capable of tapping into the Satsui no Hado, and it tries to consume him in his Story Mode in V.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: During his Shadaloo days.
  • Put on a Bus: He's nowhere to be found in III, but has been in every other instalment.
  • Race Lift: He appears somewhat darker skinned in V.
  • Retcon: His loss against Ryu has been retconned so that he was scarred by Evil Ryu, and he has been retconned to undergo a Heel–Face Turn post Alpha 3.
  • Revenge: What he wanted from Ryu. However, upon seeing that Dan has the same look in his eyes that he has for Ryu, he gives it up, realizing that the pursuit of such things is an empty virtue.
  • The Rival: Ryu and Adon.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In Sagat's SFV arcade ending his village was razed by poachers. As expected, he beats them up in brutal fashion.
  • Say My Name: In his Rival Battle in IV, when he activates his Ultra.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: His default outfit in V includes a tattered cowl.
  • Scary Black Man: Only in some of the official artwork and some anime adaptations. V darkens his skin a bit to match his artwork.
  • Self-Made Man: It's hinted that the Thai village Sagat visits in Street Fighter IV is actually his hometown, with the elder being one of his relatives. If it's true, it'd mean that Sagat once was a Country Mouse who started from scratch and then worked his way to the top of the Muay Thai world.
  • Shoryuken: After being scarred by Ryu's Shoryuken in the past tournament, Sagat developed his own version of the move in response, the Tiger Uppercut.
  • Shotoclone: The first "Anti-Ryu." Most players consider him some kind of Ryu/Ken-type in the way he plays anyway. After the original game, his ability to use Tiger Shot and Tiger Uppercut make his fighting style eerily similar to Ryu and Ken's. He lacks a Hurricane Kick, but that isn't as iconic a move anyway. Incidentally, players refer to him as an Anti-Shoto just because his shotoclone moves and his sheer size effectively counteract Ryu and Ken's styles.
  • Signature Move: Tiger Uppercut.
  • Spirited Competitor
  • Surprisingly Good English: Sakai Albright's rendition of Tiger Shot, Tiger Genocide, and Tiger Storm come out in perfectly clear English. Then again, like most of Sagat's Japanese voice actors, he's plagued with stuff like "Tiger Rape!", "Tiger Bro!", and "Tiger Chow!" (respectively, that'd be Tiger Raid, Tiger Blow, and Tiger Cannon).
  • Tarot Motifs: Sagat represents Death in the 30th Anniversary Tarot Deck. Death in Tarot represents big changes and transitions in life, which Sagat has gone through multiple times, going from a proud champion to a revenge-seeking villain, until he eventually left Shadaloo in order to fight a fair match against Ryu that isn't fueled by vengeance.
  • Theme Naming:
    • As hinted above, most of his Special, Super, and Ultra attacks have the word "tiger" in them.
    • Ryu's name can be read as "dragon", and "the tiger and the dragon" has always been an idiomatic expression in Asian culture for two powerful, opposite forces.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: His initial reaction to (Evil) Ryu attacking him while he attempts to help him up. He reconciles with Ryu at the end of Alpha 3.
  • Throwing the Fight:
    • In Alpha 3, Dan attempts to take revenge for his father against Sagat. Sagat, noticing that Dan has the same look in his eyes that he does, throws the match instead of pulverizing him.
    • Similarly, he throws his rival fight with Adon in the IV series, this time out of disgust with his former student.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Apparently by the time of IV he has taken several hundred levels, enough so that Oni is impressed by him. Keep in mind that Oni can trade blows with an actual demigod.
  • Token Good Teammate: The only Noble Demon in Shadaloo.
  • Third-Person Person: Whenever he calls himself "The King."
  • Tiger Versus Dragon: The tiger to Ryu's dragon. Ironically, he plays much more like a dragon, being a Mighty Glacier with an emphasis on ranged attacks.
  • Variant Power Copying: Sagat learned his Tiger Uppercut by copying elements of Ryu's Dragon Punch.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: How he felt after meeting Dan, which is why he loses intentionally to him (both for Dan's sake and his own).
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: His default costume.
  • Warrior Poet: He views fighting as a form of communication, and has many insightful platitudes as win quotes.
    "A true warrior is not one who always wins, but one who stands after defeat."
  • Warrior Therapist:
    • Starting in IV, he has started to develop into this, actively trying to understand his opponents, and especially trying to understand his greatest rival, Ryu. Although helpful, he does not hold back. It even becomes a crucial plot point in his V Story Mode.
    (against Abel [SSFIV]): "You are not yet ready to face me. Find your path and see where it leads."
    (against Rose [SSFIV]): "You lost not because it was preordained but because you allowed yourself to."
    • Sagat's win quote against Ed in V has double meaning when latter is called out for emulating "that fool of a man". Is he referring to Balrog or M.Bison?
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: In English, his voice bounces between that of a Scary Black Man and a reasonably fitting accent, but is by no means Thai. In japanese, it sounds... not much better.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • He considers Ryu this, and the feeling is mutual. Their quotes in IV and Street Fighter x Tekken indicate that they see they rivalry as important to their personal development as martial artists.
    • By V, he has also become this to Akuma.


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