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World Fighting Game Characters Asia part 5: Main Land Japan


Street Fighter's Ryu vs Tekken's Jin vs King of Fighter's Kyo


As Japan is a heavily over represented country in the martial arts industry, Fighting Games are no exception, we have an entire article dedicated to the characters from Japan. We won;'t be covering Japanese Diaspora characters, Ethnic Minority characters in Japan or ethnic ambiguous ones that were included in the last article because this article would be too long. For Mainland Japan we will separate the characters by their fighting styles or archetypes.

.No Social, Political or otherwise unnecessary offensive comments please as this article is to share and celebrate culture and diversity


Japan



Kung-Fu



Red Dragon from 3 Count Bout

Gato from Fatal Fury

Hotaro Futuba from Fatal Fury


Shiroh Karasuba from Fighters' Impact


Reiji from Kakuto Chojin

(Does Jeet June Do specifically)


Akira Kazama from Street Fighter

(Bajiquan)


Miharu Hirano from Tekken

(Uses Baguazhang and Piguaquan styles)


Akira Yuki from Virtua Fighter

(Practices Bajiquan)


Street Fighting/Brawling


Joe Kusanagi from Aggressors of Dark Kombat


Goh Kidokoro from Aggressors of Dark Kombat


Ninjutsu


Eiji Kisaragi from Art of Fighting

(Kisaragi-Ryuu Ninjutsu)


Jin Fu-Ha from Art of Fighting


Mondo from Battle Arena Toshinden


Toujin from Battle Arena Toshinden


Miyabi from Battle Arena Toshinden


Gozu from Battle of the Beast Gods

(Practices "Jaguar Martial Arts" though his oversized Tekko-Kagi Claws and outfit seems to be mostly inspired by Ninja)



Mezu from Battle of the Beast Gods

(Same as his brother Gozu. Practices Jaguar Martial Arts with Tekko-Kagi and ninja attire)



Saizo Tobikageno from Breakers


Kasumi from Dead or Alive


Ayane from Dead or Alive


Ryu Hayabusa from Dead or Alive


Raidou from Dead or Alive


Hayate/Ein from Dead or Alive


Genra Omega from Dead or Alive


Momiji from Dead or Alive


Kanae Ozawa from Dual Blades


Mirei Ozawa from Dual Blades



Sasuke from Ehrgeiz


Shadow Yamato from Eternal Champions


Mai Shiranui from Fatal Fury


Sokaku Mochizuki from Fatal Fury


Hokutomaru from Fatal Fury


Sessyu Tsukikage from Fighting Layer



Gekkou from Kaiser Knuckle



Koyasha from Mace: The Dark Age


Scorpion from Mortal Kombat

(real name Hanzo Hasashi blatantly a ninja)


Saizo Hattori from Power Instinct


Kuroko from Power Instinct


Hizumi Yukinoue from Power Instinct


Takumi Hattori from Power Instinct


Ayame from Powerstone


Genan Shiranui from Samurai Shodown

(despite being an alien who uses "The Way of the Evil Path" style. His association with the Shiranui clan and his use of tekko-kagi claws resembles ninja)



Hanzo Hattori from Samurai Shodown

(Iga-Ryu Ninjutsu)



Kazuki Kazama from Samurai Shodown

(Kazama Ninja Arts)



Sogetsu Kazama from Samurai Shodown

(Kazama Ninja Arts)



Natsu from Soul Calibur

(She is Taki's disciple, her blonde hair is something to do with Arahabaki)



Taki from Soul Calibur



Yoshimitsu from Soul Calibur/Tekken

(This is legacy title meaning the Yoshimitsu in Soul Calibur is the ancestor to Yoshimitsu in Tekken. Won't bother having two on this page)



Geki from Street Fighter

(There is also a Geki II but not playable)



Maki Genryusai from Street Fighter

(unlike her Brother in Law Guy. She is stated to be a Japanese citizen only. Though her Sister looks fully Japanese. Maki looks mixed. Best guess she dyed her hair blonde. She happened to be visiting Metro City in Final Fight 2 when Guy was in Japan and her Sister was kidnapped by the villains in his absence)



Ibuki from Street Fighter



Zeku from Street Fighter

(Bushin Ryu just like his students Guy and Maki. But also is inviting a new style which is heavily implied to become the Strider style by his young form's appearance and his older forms suggesting the name striders as their new clans name)



Kunimitsu from Tekken

(Practices Manji Ninjutsu arts)

Kunimitsu II from Tekken

(Just like her mother, she uses Manji Ninja arts)



Hanzo Hattori from World Heroes

(Based off the real Hattori Hanzo)



Kotaro Fuuma from World Heroes

(Based off the real Fuuma Kotaro)



Karate



Ryo Sakazaki from Art of Fighting

(Kokugenryu Karate)


Takuma Sakazaki from Art of Fighting

(Kokugenryu Karate)


Yuri Sakazaki from Art of Fighting

(Kokugenryu Karate and a mix of others)


Sho Kamui from Breakers


Ken "GodHand" Mishima from Ehrgeiz

(Practices Mishima style Karate)


Karate Kenji from Fight Fever


Makoto Mizuguchi from Fighter's History

(Practices Jissen Karate)


Tetsuo Kato from Fighting Layer

(Uses Kato Style Karate)


Kazuya from Kaiser Knuckle


Jin from Martial Champion

(Inspired by Street Fighter's Ryu and is most like a Karate fighter)



Reiji Oyama from Power Instinct



Rin Oyama from Power Instinct



Ryu from Street Fighter

(Practices Ansatsuken a fictional style meaning Assassin's Fist apparently the indigenous roots of Japanese Martial Arts for the Street Fighter universe,, but in game is mostly based off Karate)



Goki/Akuma/Oni from Street Fighter

(Same style as Ryu)



Sakura Kasugano from Street Fighter

(initially imitates Ryu, but has trained with him and with Dan's Saikyo style)



Makoto from Street Fighter

(Fictional style of Karate called Rindo-Kan)



Goken from Street Fighter

(Same as his student Ryu and his Brother Goki)



Kazuya Mishima from Tekken

(His Mishima style Karate is mostly based off Shotokan Karate)



Kuma family from Tekken

(They are Japanese Brown Bears that was taught by Heihachi Mishima their own style called Kuma Shinken likely based off Heihachi's Karate style)



Heihachi Mishima from Tekken

(His Mishima Style Karate is mostly based off Goju-Ryu Karate)


Jin Kazama from Tekken

(Interesting case, he initially practiced Kazama style and Mishima style together but has since abandoned both styles and decided to learn Traditional Karate in Australia, his new style appears to be mostly based of Kyokushin Karate)



Jinpachi Mishima from Tekken

(Uses the same Mishima Style as his son Heihachi based off Goju-Ryu)



Kazumi Mishima nee Hachijo from Tekken

(Does a hybrid of her family's Hachijo Karate and her husbands Mishima Karate)



Aikijutsu/Aikijujutsu



Ryuhaku Todoh from Art of Fighting

(Todohryu Aikijutsu)



Kasumi Todoh from Art of Fighting

(Todohryu Aikijutsu)



Touji Sakata from Fatal Fury



Kaede Minamoto from Fighters' Impact



Jun Kazama from Tekken

(Her Kazama style martial arts is mostly based off Daito-Ryu Aikijujutsu)



Asuka Kazama from Tekken

(Same as her presumed Aunt Jun Kazama)



Aoi Umenokoji from Virtua Fighter



Samurai Kenjutsu/Kendo/Iaido



Eiji Shinjo from Battle Arena Toshinden

(Specifically from Aizu prefecture)



Gaia from Battle Arena Toshinden

(Unspecified style, uses dual blades)



Sho Shinjo from Battle Arena Toshinden



Subaru Shinjo from Battle Arena Tohsinden



Bishamon from Darkstalkers



Kanae Ozawa from Dual Blades



Garuda from Fighting EX Layer



Hayate from Fighting EX Layer



Hayate Kumite from Fighting EX Layer



Baiken from Guilty Gear



Takeshi Tsunami from Mace: The Dark Age



Ichiro Tsunami from Mace: The Dark Age



Shinjuro Goketsuji from Power Instinct

(Was a Samurai in his younger years)



Ryoma from Powerstone



Genjuro Kibagami from Samurai Shodown

(Specifically practices Ko'in Ittou Ryu)



Haohmaru from Samurai Shodown

(Allegedly self taught)



Jubei Yagyu from Samurai Shodown

(Practices Yagyu Shinkage Ryu Kenjutsu)



Shiki from Samurai Shodown

(Uses Dual Katanas)



Shizumaru Hisame from Samurai Shodown

(Hittou Ryu Scarlet Blade Style)



Takechiyo from Samurai Shodown

(Kenjutsu)



Ukyo Tachibana from Samurai Shodown



Zankuro Minazuki from Samurai Shodown



Heishiro Mitsurugi from Soul Calibur

(Based on Miyamoto Musashi)



Hybird/Other



Nagisa Iwashiro from Battle Arena Toshinden

(Being a Police Detective he likely practices Kendo and Judo as they are mandatory skills for the Japanese Police force especially if you look into the Metropolitan Police Academy of Tokyo)



Sho Hayate from Battle of the Beast Gods

(Practices his unique style of Fu'Un Ken which uses hand to hand combat and his boomerang)



Ryuji Yamazaki from Fatal Fury

(his hair is most likely dyed blonde, Fighting style named "Personal Art of Combative Homicide")



Miyuki from Fight Fever

(A Dance fighter)



Mito Anji from Guilty Gear

(Fights using Japanese dance)



May from Guilty Gear

(Fights with an Anchor)



Chizuru Kagura (Yata) from King of Fighters

(Fights with Kagura style based off Japanese dance)



Iori Yagami from King of Fighters

(Yagami Style and Pure Instinct)



Malin from King of Fighters

(Uses "legal and Illegal Weapons")



Orochi from King of Fighters

(uses "Divine Orochi Power")



Zen from Martial Champion

(uses Kabuki dance as a martial art)



Oume Goketsuji from Power Instinct

(currently unconfirmed what style she uses)



Otane Goketsuji from Power Instinct

(same as her twin sister above)



Kinta Kokuin from Power Instinct

(Fighting style is his bad behaviour)



Oshima Goketsuji from Power Instinct



Buntaro Kuno from Power Instinct

(Uses only kicks, unconfirmed what style however)



Shintaro Kuno from Power Instinct

(Attacks that use force-like subjects whatever that means)



Buoh from Power Moves

(A Kabuki fighter with a Hybrid style Ninjutsu, Kung-Fu, Karate, Aikido and Kobudo)


Gaira Caffeine from Samurai Shodown

(Fights with oversized prayer beads)



Kage-Maru from Virtua Fighter

(His style of Hagakure-ryu Jujutsu seems to be a mix of Ninjutsu and Jujutsu)



Bojutsu



Shizuku Fuji from Battle Arena Toshinden

(Uses her smoking pipe as a bo)



Kanji Kokuin from Power Instinct

(fights with his cane and loincloth)



Hikaru Jomon from Power Instinct

(Uses her cane to fight)



Mixed Martial Arts



Gai Tendo from Buriki One

(Based off Kazushi "The Gracie Hunter" Sakuraba and Baki Hana from Baki the Grappler)



Koji Masuda from Ehrgeiz

(Practices MMA and Assassination arts)



Aikido



Takato Saionji from Buriki One



Tamaki from Dead or Alive



Sumo



Akatsuki-Maru from Buriki One


Ganryu from Tekken



Taka-Arashi from Virtua Fighter



Superpower/Natural Magic User



Gohyakumine Bankotsubo from Dead or Alive

(supernatural entity, no particular style)



Miyama No Nyotengu from Dead or Alive

(Same as Tengu above, she is Supernatural with no particular fighting style)



Honoka from Dead or Alive

(Her own self taught Honoka-Fu style seems to be based on her ability to perfectly copy and replicate someone else fighting style and powers after seeing it)



Skullomania from Fighting EX Layer

(Is a Superhero with no clear style)



Shadowgeist from Fighting EX Layer

(same as Skullomania)



Ace from Fighting EX Layer

(he's a secret agent cyborg who copies movesets)



Kurara/Clara Hananokoji from Power Instinct

(Uses Magic)



Popura Hanonokoji from Power Instinct

(same as her mum. She is magic)



Remi Otogiri from Power Instinct

(uses sound magic)



Shiro Tokisada Amakusa from Samurai Shodown

(Despite being based on the real historical figure of the same name, he uses a magical orb as a weapon instead of anything real)



Kuroko from Samurai Shodown

(Uses Flags as weapons but also uses Mimicry and shapeshifting to copy moves)



Mizuki Rashoujin from Samurai Shodown

(Uses Magic)



Nicotine Caffeine from Samurai Shodown

(Exocist style)



Taizan Morozumi from Samurai Shodown

(Uses art/calligraphy magic)




Dural from Virtua Fighter

(Real name Tsukikage and is Kage-Maru's mother, uses elements of other fights styles as Dural, was likely a Kunoichi before becoming Dural)



Naginatajutsu



Shin from Dual Blades



Hisako/Chiharu from Killer Instinct


Jinbei Sugamata from Samurai Shodown

(His Spear resembles a three pronged naginata)



Kyoshiro Senryo from Samurai Shodown

(He uses a Naginata despite his "Kabuki" Style)



Kabuki Jo from War Gods

(uses laser blades and a Naginata)



Jujutsu



"Yoyo" Yoko Kishibojin from Ehrgeiz

(Practices Kishibojin-Ryu Jujutsu)


Raiden from Mortal Kombat

(He is Raijin the Japanese god of Thunder, he practices Japanese Jujutsu which makes sense for a Japanese god)



Wrestling



Dasher Inoba from Ehrgeiz



Tsugumi Sendo from Fatal Fury

(Shoot Wrestler)



The Great Oni from Slam Masters

(Loosely based off The Great Muta and The Great Kabuki)



Muay Thai



Joe Higashi from Fatal Fury


Judo



Jubei Yamada from Fatal Fury



Ryoko Kano from Fighter's History



Goro Daimon from King of Fighters



Goh Hinogami from Viruta Fighter



Ryoko Izumo from World Heroes

(Based off the real Ryoko Tani)



Kobujutsu


Hokuto from Fighting EX Layer



Kairi from Fighting EX Layer



Kenpo/Kempo



Kyo Kusanagi from King of Fighters



Saisyu Kusanagi from King of Fighters



Shingo Yabuki from King of Fighters



Retsu from Street Fighter



Capoeira


Momoko from King of Fighters



Yashiro Nanakase from King of Fighters

(style is described as "Power Attacks" but some kicks resemble Capoeira allegedly)



Kusarigamajutsu


Takeshi Fujioka from Knuckle Heads



Basara from Samurai Shodown

(His style is referred to as instinct but appears to be mostly based off Kusarigamajutsu as his weapon is a Kusarigama/chain sickle with a large shrunken attached to the end of the sickle)



Kobudo



Sujiroku Tenjinbashi from Power Instinct

(Fights with drumsticks like staffs)



Maxi from Soul Calibur

(Uses Nunchucks)



Boxer



Piston Honda from Punchout



Heike Kagero from Punchout



Hanma Yagyu from Samurai Shodown

(His Rasetsu/Bust Form relies on Boxing)



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