Artwork of Ryu from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
Series Street Fighter
First game Street Fighter
Voiced by (English) Kyle Hebert
Voiced by (Japanese) Hiroki Takahashi
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Ryu (リュウ, "Ryū", written as 隆 in the original Street Fighter) 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 Street Fighter in the arcade and its port called Fighting Street on the TurboGrafx-16, and has most recently appeared in Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition as well as Project X Zone on the Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.


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

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

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.

Other Games

Project X Zone

In this game, he was paired with Ken Masters.

Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom

Super Smash Bros.

Ryu was introduced as a fighter in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U's DLC. His moveset incorporates primarily Street Fighter IV with his specials being: