Can someone please explain the difference between Ryu and Ken?

Posted by Tradog (50 posts) -

For a long time now me and my brother have argued about Street fighter being diverse or not, I think it is but he thinks half the characters play the same, the main argument is ry and Ken "Ken is just ryu but with fire" or something like that. I believe that street fighter characters are unique yes moves are similar, but they play different. I was hoping someone can give me a good explaination on how Street fighter characters don't all play the exact same just because a lot of them have uppercuts and hadokens of some kind. I didn't feel this needed to be a thread so I made it a blog.
#1 Posted by Tradog (50 posts) -

For a long time now me and my brother have argued about Street fighter being diverse or not, I think it is but he thinks half the characters play the same, the main argument is ry and Ken "Ken is just ryu but with fire" or something like that. I believe that street fighter characters are unique yes moves are similar, but they play different. I was hoping someone can give me a good explaination on how Street fighter characters don't all play the exact same just because a lot of them have uppercuts and hadokens of some kind. I didn't feel this needed to be a thread so I made it a blog.
#2 Posted by TurboMan (6941 posts) -

Ken is faster, Ryu is a bit more powerful

Ken wears red, Ryu wears white

totally different

#3 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7240 posts) -

Ryu is Chinese and Ken is American. Done,

#4 Posted by niamahai (1402 posts) -
@NekuSakuraba said:
Ryu is Chinese and Ken is American. Done,
also 
Ken slept with Chun-Li, Ryu didn't.
#5 Posted by lordofultima (6183 posts) -

@NekuSakuraba said:

Ryu is Chinese and Ken is American. Done,

You racist, he's Japanese. Chun Li is Chinese.

#6 Posted by Hailinel (22695 posts) -

@NekuSakuraba said:

Ryu is Chinese and Ken is American. Done,

Ryu is Japanese, you mean. Also, he wanders the world with only the clothes on his back and hates spiders. Ken is rich, has a hot wife, and a legion of SF4 newbies that can't play him for shit.

#7 Posted by NinjaHunter (972 posts) -

Ken is a pimp and Ryu is a hobo.

#8 Posted by Tradog (50 posts) -

Lol fair enough thanks.
#9 Posted by Dallas_Raines (2047 posts) -

Ryu wore shoes in the first game, Ken did not.(Strangely, Ryu is now shown to despise shoes, unlike Ken, who will wear them in his personal life)

#10 Posted by Redbullet685 (5980 posts) -

Ken has luscious blonde hair. 

#11 Posted by NeoGamer (158 posts) -

Ken is more of a rushdown character, better at applying pressure and with better tools for doing that. Ryu is more of a defense/zoning character, all about controlling space with better fireballs and stuff and reacting to the opponents moves to punish them. But in the early SFII days, they were basically the same, probably because two players couldn't select the same character in The World Warrior and Ryu was the easier character to get into.

#12 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7240 posts) -
@lordofultima @Hailinel Chun Li is Chinese and she is just what Ryu will be in the future, not only a women but also a time traveler. Does that not make him Chinese?
#13 Posted by StaticFalconar (4849 posts) -
@NekuSakuraba said:
@lordofultima @Hailinel Chun Li is Chinese and she is just what Ryu will be in the future, not only a women but also a time traveler. Does that not make him Chinese?
So apparently Ryu is a time traveling transvestite while Ken is American.  
 
Also this needs to be posted.  
 
  
#14 Posted by TeflonBilly (4722 posts) -

Actually, I think Ken is half Japanese and half American.

#15 Posted by Xolare (1257 posts) -

Ken is more shoryuken based as his comes out faster and does more hits. Ryu is more Hadoken based, as with Ken's shoryukens, Ryu's hadokens come out faster and the EX version sets people on fire. Ken is also a tad bit faster if I recall correctly.

#16 Posted by lilbigsupermario (840 posts) -

According to "Five Things you didn't know Super Street Fighter IV"... 
 
" -- With his blonde hair and Californian love of convertibles, Ken is known as the all-American Street Fighterbut he's actually three-quarters Japanese. The blonde hair? He dyes it." 
 
As for the topic: 
 
SFII -- Their bodies were the same, just a difference in color, but they had different heads hehe!  In moves, the only difference they had was the grab, Ryu just lies down while Ken rolls his opponent. 
 
Super SFII onwards -- Ryu's strengths were on hadoken (stronger hadoken), while Ken's strengths were on shoryuken (faster and with flames).  I think Ken's tatsu hits multiple times while Ryu's tatsu hits only once. 
 
Basically, Ryu is a bit slower but he hits stronger.  But his moves usually hits just once with a relatively big amount of damage.  While Ken's moves are a bit weaker, but hits multiple times like his shoryu and tatsu.  Their techniques are the same, but their styles are completely different now compared to SFII.

#17 Posted by Tsoglani (571 posts) -

I was about to barge in and say 'WTF,  Ryu is Japanese', but peeps already beat me to it...  I am sure Ryu would be offended if you called him Chinese.
 
Also, Ryu is just better than Ken: end of story. I don't need reasons because he just is. Ryu also wears a headband, Ken does not.

#18 Posted by rbysjti (354 posts) -

most characters in street fighter have similar moves. Ryu, Akuma, Ken, Dan, Sakura, etc

#19 Posted by x0xGreywolfX0X (27 posts) -

@Tradog: Tell your brother to Go home and be a Family man

#20 Posted by kagato (862 posts) -

@Tsoglani - Ryu dosent wear a headband, its the ribbon Street Fighter Alpha Ken used to tie his hair back with. Ken gave it to Ryu to cover a headwound he sustained in a sparring session they where having. At least thats what the ending of SFA told me ^_^

#21 Posted by PenguinDust (12414 posts) -

Ken's rich, Ryu is poor.  The history of Street Fighter hitherto existing society is the history of class struggle.

#22 Edited by Kyle (2323 posts) -

@Tsoglani said:

Ryu is just better than Ken; end of story. I don't need reasons because he just is. Ryu also wears a headband, Ken does not.

Fuckin' wisdom right here.

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(<- headband)

#23 Posted by Kyle (2323 posts) -

@kagato said:

Ryu dosent wear a headband, its the ribbon Street Fighter Alpha Ken used to tie his hair back with. Ken gave it to Ryu to cover a headwound he sustained in a sparring session they where having. At least thats what the ending of SFA told me ^_^

But in SF2, 3 and 4, he has a red headband, so he must have gotten a new one at some point!

#24 Edited by GetEveryone (4454 posts) -

Ken is a rush-down, mix-up fiend. Ryu is fairly clinical and best played defensively, though you can still rush-down with him to a less extent.  
 
Ken is also half-Japanese, you ignorant sluts.
#25 Posted by SockLobster (454 posts) -
@rbysjti said:
most characters in street fighter have similar moves. Ryu, Akuma, Ken, Dan, Sakura, etc
That's not most characters also you just listed all the shoto ones...
#26 Posted by kagato (862 posts) -

@Kyle - True, but in Streetfighter Alpha (takes place after SF1 but before SF2) Ryu has a white headband, the white one ends up ruined during Ken and Ryus fight which is why he takes Kens red one he used to use on his hair. This is why has a red headband in all games after SF1 and Alpha and possibly why Kens hair suddenly goes from super long to shoulder length (because he obviously couldnt afford another read hair tie with all his millions of $ lol).

#27 Posted by SquadBroken (280 posts) -

Ken is laid back and super cool, Ryu is an uptight anal hole

#28 Posted by ViciousAnchovy (690 posts) -

@lilbigsupermario: I had SFII Turbo, and I'm pretty sure the instruction booklet mentioned that Ken stepped forward with his dragon punch for a bit more range, and I think a commentator in an SSFIV video mentioned that too. Was that accurate then, or is it now?

#29 Posted by lordofultima (6183 posts) -

People also complain about Evil Ryu being like Akuma, but he's nothing like him in actuality. It's the difference between taking a glance from a far and actually getting into the lab and grinding out these characters. Try that out, you'll see how different Ryu and Ken are.

#30 Posted by Plasma (931 posts) -
@lordofultima said:

People also complain about Evil Ryu being like Akuma, but he's nothing like him in actuality. It's the difference between taking a glance from a far and actually getting into the lab and grinding out these characters. Try that out, you'll see how different Ryu and Ken are.

You must be hype for AE 2012, Evil Ryu a viable character? oh yes
#31 Posted by SMTDante89 (2470 posts) -

One is spelled R-Y-U and the other is spelled K-E-N

#32 Posted by lilbigsupermario (840 posts) -
@ViciousAnchovy said:

@lilbigsupermario: I had SFII Turbo, and I'm pretty sure the instruction booklet mentioned that Ken stepped forward with his dragon punch for a bit more range, and I think a commentator in an SSFIV video mentioned that too. Was that accurate then, or is it now?

Oh wow, I didn't know that, I thought their dragon punch had always been the same lol!  Maybe they changed it in SFII Turbo?  I had the original SFII on SNES back then lol!
#33 Posted by Djangosix (44 posts) -

ryu is super awesome where as ken is a douchebag.
#34 Posted by dbz1995 (4786 posts) -

Ryu likes Dragonball Z and Ken likes Naruto.

#35 Posted by McGhee (6091 posts) -

Ryu is for uninspired players who want to run away and throw fireballs.

Ken is for uninspired players who want to run straight at you and mash dragon punch.

#36 Posted by Aetheldod (3331 posts) -

Difference is Ken will be used 99.99% of the time in online matches.....

#37 Posted by rmanthorp (3692 posts) -

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#38 Posted by StarvingGamer (7553 posts) -

One is the center of a dragon punch and the other one is the end of a dragon punch.

#39 Edited by lordofultima (6183 posts) -

@Plasma said:

@lordofultima said:

People also complain about Evil Ryu being like Akuma, but he's nothing like him in actuality. It's the difference between taking a glance from a far and actually getting into the lab and grinding out these characters. Try that out, you'll see how different Ryu and Ken are.

You must be hype for AE 2012, Evil Ryu a viable character? oh yes

Anti-hype, too many people going to flock to him. Wasn't lacking to begin with, buffs are a bit too much. I enjoy people "sleeping" on a character they don't think is good, and that element of surprise will be gone when everybody and they mama plays E. Ryu. It's awesome that a no meter bnb does 420 damage and that his sweep will be 6 frames, but that also means that he can likely tatsu to sweep everyone, and with more health that makes him incredibly appealing to people.

#40 Posted by Plasma (931 posts) -
@lordofultima said:

@Plasma said:

@lordofultima said:

People also complain about Evil Ryu being like Akuma, but he's nothing like him in actuality. It's the difference between taking a glance from a far and actually getting into the lab and grinding out these characters. Try that out, you'll see how different Ryu and Ken are.

You must be hype for AE 2012, Evil Ryu a viable character? oh yes

Anti-hype, too many people going to flock to him. Wasn't lacking to begin with, buffs are a bit too much. I enjoy people "sleeping" on a character they don't think is good, and that element of surprise will be gone when everybody and they mama plays E. Ryu. It's awesome that a no meter bnb does 420 damage and that his sweep will be 6 frames, but that also means that he can likely tatsu to sweep everyone, and with more health that makes him incredibly appealing to people.

Aha don't be a low-tier player just because they are low tier ! (Hipster) It's much more impressive to be known as a great Evil Ryu if hes a popular character, rather than the only person who plays him. I know how you feel though, after working hard with a character and then everyone rushes to them when they are buffed. This 'patch happy' generation makes working hard with low tiers less rewarding.
#41 Edited by lordofultima (6183 posts) -

@Plasma said:

@lordofultima said:

@Plasma said:

@lordofultima said:

People also complain about Evil Ryu being like Akuma, but he's nothing like him in actuality. It's the difference between taking a glance from a far and actually getting into the lab and grinding out these characters. Try that out, you'll see how different Ryu and Ken are.

You must be hype for AE 2012, Evil Ryu a viable character? oh yes

Anti-hype, too many people going to flock to him. Wasn't lacking to begin with, buffs are a bit too much. I enjoy people "sleeping" on a character they don't think is good, and that element of surprise will be gone when everybody and they mama plays E. Ryu. It's awesome that a no meter bnb does 420 damage and that his sweep will be 6 frames, but that also means that he can likely tatsu to sweep everyone, and with more health that makes him incredibly appealing to people.

Aha don't be a low-tier player just because they are low tier ! (Hipster) It's much more impressive to be known as a great Evil Ryu if hes a popular character, rather than the only person who plays him. I know how you feel though, after working hard with a character and then everyone rushes to them when they are buffed. This 'patch happy' generation makes working hard with low tiers less rewarding.

He wasn't low tier, already high mid tier in my opinion. I am a fan of BALANCE. Not breaking characters. Like I said, he wasn't lacking in anything.

#42 Edited by gosukiller (2324 posts) -

The difference between Ryu and Ken is irrelevant. 
 
Neither can hold a candle to Dan Hibiki. 

SAIKYO! 
#43 Posted by Alex_Murphy (1184 posts) -

Ryu is more focused than Ken.

#44 Posted by Lunar_Aura (2780 posts) -

When you get hit in the air with the tip of Ken's flaming dragon punch it takes a hair of life.

When you get hit in the air with the tip of Ryu's dragon punch it takes damage worth a damn.

You're on fire. That is straight up bullshit.

#45 Posted by MelficeVKM (160 posts) -

If we're talking about gameplay differences, Ken is by and large a rushdown character, with his main focus being on pressure and "kara" throws, while Ryu uses dem classic fundamentals and likes to keep the opponent at a certain distance. 
 
Ken is a beast though. He sets shit on fire WITH HIS FISTS. Doesn't get much cooler.

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