Retsu is one of the ten unplayable characters in the classic Street Fighter  from 1987 and is one of two cpu controlled opponents Ryu faces in Japan.

Before the World Warrior tournament, Retsu was excommunicated from his temple for using martial arts techniques that were forbidden there. His fighting style is based on Shorinji Kempo.

Very little is known about Retsu. What little is known about him is that after losing the first Street Fighting tournament to Ryu, he went into exile and trained harder to perfect his Shorinji Kempo fighting style. It is not certain if he will ever return one day to showcase what he has learned.

Retsu has had some minor history with Ryu; apparently being friends with Ryu’s master Gouken. There is also some official Street Fighter artwork by Capcom showing Retsu beating Dan Habiki. He is also a friend of Dhalsim from India.

Retsu never returned in any subsequent sequels in the series. Although some fan-made versions of the original Street Fighter have made him a playable character and there are also M.U.G.E.N versions of him based on the graphic style of Street Fighter 2 and Capcom vs. SNK. He also appears as a playable card in the SNK vs Capcom: Card Fighters Clash game. 



Retsu from the Street Fighter Games: an Overview

Charactername: Retsu   Developed /Created by Capcom 
Gameseries:  Street Fighter   First seen on:  Arcades
First Game: Street Fighter   Year first seen: 1987 
Last Game: “”   Birthplace:  Japan
Role(s) and Characteristics: Fighting Game Character   Martial Arts Style: Shorinji Kempo
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Official Game Art like promotional Illustrations of Retsu from Street Fighter


Street Fighter V DB (2016-)



Street Fighter (1987)



Retsu in Game-Art-HQ Art Projects

Retsu is a part of our Street Fighter Anniversary Tribute Series in 2012 and 2017


Selected Fan Art and Cosplay of Retsu




Updates in the Video Game Character Database entry and game art gallery of Retsu

12.05.2018 – Creation of Retsu’s Gallery and DB Entry