|This article is about a/an ranger/crossover character in the Power Rangers franchise.|
- "It's Morphin Time! Crimson Hawk!"
- ―Ryu's morph call[src]
As a very young child, Ryu was orphaned and left with no memories about his parents, and whether they were still alive. He was found and adopted by a man named Gouken who raised Ryu in his secluded dojo and trained Ryu in the ways of his martial arts. Shortly afterwards, Gouken would later train his best friend's spoiled son, Ken Masters. Ken served not only as a sparring partner, but also gave Ryu a friend in the form of a boy his own age. Ryu looked up to Gouken as a father figure, and regards Ken as his best friend and surrogate brother, a relationship which remains to this day.
When Ryu turned 23 years old, Gouken believed that Ryu was ready to travel the world in order to test and hone his martial skills against the best fighters from around the world. With this, Ryu left Gouken's dojo, and headed to fight in the first World Warrior tournament. After defeating all challengers, Ryu's skills earn him the right to fight its host, Sagat. Sagat nearly beats Ryu into unconsciousness and, thinking he had won, drops his guard to help Ryu up. Ryu, however, was engulfed by dark powers, the Satsui no Hado, and strikes Sagat with a nearly-fatal Metsu Shoryuken that not only knocks Sagat unconscious, but also marks his chest with a great scar, and even unknowingly infected him with the Dark Hadou as well. After regaining consciousness and discovering what had happened, Sagat swears vengeance on Ryu.
As the timeline alternatively takes place after the Shadow Falls episode of Street Fighter V, Ryu was approached by Tommy Oliver and Gia Moran, who enlisted his help in fighting a revived M. Bison who has joined forces with Rita Repulsa. He was given the Crimson Hawk Power Coin, which was created by Ninjor, allowing him to transform into Ryu Ranger.
- Crimson Hawk Power Coin
- Power Morpher
- Rise Hadoken- An enhanced form of the Hadoken attack that uses Ryu's Hado and combines it with his coin's power from the Morphin Grid to create a energy construct of a hawk that attacks the target.
- Tatsumaki S.- Ryu's feet glow hot with energy and then he executes a flying tornado of spinning kicks. Once enhanced by the Ranger powers, his kicking power can do 5 times as much damage as it normally would.
Behind the Scenes
In Power Rangers Legacy Wars - Street Fighter Showdown, Ryu is portrayed by Peter Jang, who reprises his role from Super Power Beat Down, which continues their tradition of featuring non-canon crossover battles between two otherwise unrelated characters, this time between chracters from Power Rangers and Street Fighter.
- Power Rangers Legacy Wars classifies Ryu Ranger as a Gold Ranger.
- Ryu's Ryu Ranger design seemingly incorporates elements of the White Ranger's body suit, Green Ranger's Dragon Shield and Super Sentai's Red Hawk with the bird motif helmet. Further linking the coincidental Jetman counterpart idea is the Power Coin's animal actually being a red hawk.
- At SDCC 2018, Udon Entertainment and Capcom showed off concept drawings of Ryu's costume during the planning stages. Three early designs had elements of past Rangers in them. The first suit took visual elements from Ninja Storm, the second had elements of Ninja Steel and the third was a mix of Mighty Morphin and Jungle Fury. All four series are based heavily around martial arts, so it fit Ryu's character, but ultimately all three were not chosen for the final design.
- Ryu Ranger shares his name (phonetically at least) with RyuuRanger, Ryo of the Heavenly Fire Star. They also share some other similarities, such as being martial artist heroes, red being a part of their color palette, the manipulation of Ki, and the use of said Ki for fire/fire-like attacks.