Hero of the day: Ryu from Streetfighter

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Name Ryu Honshi.

Job Street Fighting Martial Arts Hard Nut.

Special Powers Spewing fireballs out of his hands and doing killer dragon punches.

He Said "HADOKEN!"

They said Ryu is the archetypical fighting game protagonist, and he has provided the basis for many other fighting game characters

Finest hour Well, after being beaten all over the shop by Sagat (Muay Thai King) in Street Fighter, Ryu accepted his offer of a hand up… but Ryu being the headcase that he is, Dragon Punched a stinking great scar up his chest which Sagat lost an eye. Not bad eh? He also fought M.Bison for his soul… and won.

Did you know? In some Street Fighter II artwork, Ryu’s belt has four kanji emblazoned upon it: kaze (wind), mori (forest), hi (fire) and yama (mountain); these four kanji make up the fuurinkazan, the motto of Takeda Shingen, a warlord in feudal Japan. The four words are based on chapter seven of Sun Tzu’s Art of War, which dictates how one should conduct battle. Essentially, the fuurinkazan can be summarized in the phrase "Swift as the Wind, Silent as a Forest, Fierce as Fire and Immovable as a Mountain." Who says computer games are shallow?

Why we love him He’s hard as nails, he can do whirlwind kicks, shoot fire out of his hands, actually punch someone eyeball out… he’s just ace isn’t he?

Ryu on YouTube