• Amir-Hamza

World Fighting Game Characters Asia Part 5: Main Land Japan

Updated: Nov 3, 2021

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.

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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


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


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)


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)