Ryu is more or less the main protagonist in the Street Fighter series and debuted in the first game, Street Fighter (1987) as the only playable character in the single-player arcade mode.

Ryu returned in every Street Fighter sequel and also in the many crossover games, like the Marvel vs. Capcom or Street Fighter X Capcom fighting games. He also made it into spinoff crossover games like Namco X Capcom, Puzzle Fighter, and in 2015 also in Super Smash Bros. 4 as a DLC character.

Ryu was the first character revealed for Street Fighter V (2016) alongside Chun Li as well as in the reveal trailer for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite (2017)

Ryu was the first character revealed to return in Street Fighter 6 (2023), he got his biggest design change so far, now sporting a beard, being a bit older, and looking a bit more like his master Gouken. 

Ryu is from Japan, uses a special form of Karate, and is known for his Hadoken alongside other special moves like the Shoryuken.

Ryu Street Fighter II Original Artwork from 1990 Ryu from Street Fighter Render


Ryu from the Street Fighter Games: an Overview

Charactername: Ryu   Developed /Created by Capcom
Gameseries:  Street Fighter & Crossover Games   First seen on: Arcades 
First Game:  Street Fighter   Year first seen in: 1987
Last Game: Street Fighter 6 (2023)
  Birthplace: Japan
Role(s) and Characteristics:  Fighting Game Character   Martial Arts Style:  
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Official Artworks and Illustrations of Ryu from Street Fighter

Ryu in Street Fighter 6

Ryu SF6 Official Render Art

Ryu Official SF6 Wallpaper

Ryu Street Fighter 6 Official Screenshot




Ryu-SFV-Street-Fighter-V-Wallpaper Artwork 

Wallpaper Artwork of Ryu in SFV

Street Fighter V (2016)

Ryu Street Fighter V Promotional Artwork

Promotional Artwork of Ryu

Street Fighter V (2016)

Ending Art Images of Birdie in the Street Fighter V Arcade Mode Routes

SF I Route

SF Alpha Route

SF II Route

SF IV Route

SF V Route

SF III Route



Street Fighter X Tekken (2012)

UMVC3 (2011)

Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (2011)

Ryu SFIII TS Online Third Strike Online Official Art

SFIII TS Online (2011)

SSIV AE (2010)

Namco x Capcom (2005)

Capcom Fighting Jam (2004)

SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos (2003)


Capcom Vs SNK 2 (2001)

Street Fighter Alpha 3 (1998)

Ryu Street Fighter Alpha Art

Street Fighter Alpha (1995)

Ryu Street Fighter II Original Artwork from 1990

Street Fighter II (1991)




Ryu in Art Collaborations by the Game-Art-HQ Community



Street Fighter II


Street Fighter (1987)

After our SF Anniversary in 2012 we started another big Street Fighter Art Collaboration in 2017 to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Street Fighter Series



Ryu-vs-Sagat-1 Ryu-vs-Sagat-2

Like all Street Fighter characters, Ryu was drawn by fans for our big Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Art Tribute.

Ryu got drawn in his SF1, SF II and SF Alpha designs for our tribute, we also did battle scenes with him vs.Sagat and also drew him cosplaying a certain Guilty Gear character..



Selected Fan Art and Cosplay of Ryu 



Ryu in Sprites from Stret Fighter-SFV

by FeloLlop


Satsui no Hadou (Animated)

by 2DForever

Ryu Street Fighter by Arman Akopian

Redesigned Ryu

by Arman Akopian

Ryu USFIV by_noktyl


by Noktyl

Ryu Ironman Fan Art

Iron-Man Ryu

by BossLogic

Ryu Street Fighter V Fan Art

Ryu Street Fighter V

by SadeceKAAN

Bearded Ryu SFV Portrait

“Bearded Ryu”

by Hanzo Steinbach

Older fan art of Ryu: 

by Samuel Donato

Ryu (Street Fighter)

by Tom Waterhouse

Ryu Street Fighter Portray

by Tom Waterhouse

Ryu Street Fighter

by Tom Waterhouse

Ryu Flying Kick Art

by Tom Waterhouse

Ryu (SF) Art

by Andreas Holzendorf

by Tovio Rogers

Ryu Hadoken Art

by Oscar Celistini

Ryu from Streetfighter

by Jon Sommariva

female and sexy ryu from street fighter

by Warner Cortez


Updates and Additions in Ryu’s Art Gallery and Overview

28.06.2022 – Ryu’s Wallpaper & Screenshot from Street Fighter 6 added + Info Updated 

14.09.2018 – Ryu’s Ending Artworks from Street Fighter V added

17.01.2018 – Small layout changes + addition of Ryu’s SFVAE SF1 Arcade Ending Art & Ending Gallery

16.05.2017 – Ryu’s SFII Illustrations from the SF30 Tribute added

21.02.2017 – The Ryu Street Fighter I fan art from our SF Anniversary Project added

27-10.2016 – Ryu past-today Sprite rt added