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Ryu is the main protagonist of the Street Fighter series. He hails from Japan and is highly focused on training and becoming stronger to overcome his opponents. Ryu first appeared in the arcade game Street Fighter and its port for the TurboGrafx-16 titled Fighting Street.


Ryu is stoic and quiet. The other characters regard him as detached and even boring. He conflicts directly with his best friend and rival, Ken Masters. Ryu's ultimate goal in life is to become the ultimate fighter in his art, and he travels the world to meet others and train.


Early life[edit]

As a young child, Ryu was orphaned and adopted by Gouken, who brought the young Ryu to his dojo. There Ryu learned Martial arts alongside Ken, the spoiled-rich son of Gouken's good friend. Once Ryu and Ken reached 23 years of age, they struck out on their own, and went to the World Warrior's Tournament.

Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition[edit]

In Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition, after going to multiple World Warrior tournaments, Ryu enlists in the one given by S.I.N.. He joins the tournament mainly to train and meet with his old rivals, including Ken.

During the Tournament he fights many people, including Ken, and when he gets home, he realizes that fighting all of those warriors has made him even stronger, and he looks forward to seeing his friends and Rivals again.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Ryu was introduced as a fighter in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U as a DLC character. His moveset incorporates primarily Street Fighter IV moves.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Ryu came back as an unlockable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. This time, he always face his opponent in a 1 VS 1 match to fit his playstyle from his original games.


Project X Zone[edit]

In this game, he was paired with Ken Masters.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese リュウ
His Japanese name during his lifetime. In the very first Street Fighter game his Japanese name was .

The Chinese equivalent for the term "ryū"; both "ryū" and "lóng", used as common nouns, mean "dragon" in their respective languages.


Russian Рю


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