• Amir-Hamza

World Fighting Game Characters Asia part 5: Main Land Japan

Updated: Apr 29


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)