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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Ryu with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Street Fighter

The lead character of Street Fighter. Ryu is a martial artist with a serious, stoic demeanor, and one of the most powerful fighters in the world.
Created by Pokejedservo on Jul 4 2009
Special thanks to NCZ for additional sound clips.
Street Fighter (1995)
RyuTong Lung
Tong Lung
Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie (1995)
RyuSkip Stellrecht
Skip Stellrecht
Street Fighter Alpha Generations (2005)
RyuRichard Cansino
Richard Cansino
Street Fighter V (2016)
RyuKyle Hebert
Kyle Hebert


Happy 4th of July everyone! Yeah I know its kind of oddly ironic for today's VC to be on a Japanese Martial artist but still. Anyways whether you find him to be an awesome personification of Fighting spirit or one of the most boring one-dimensional leads ever, he definitely has an iconic presence in his genre. However how he stands in this Voice Compare is not that great.

While I certainly don't hate Tong Lung's performance as Ryu its not one of the better examples of the show's voice acting. (But to be fair Tong did have a fairly good scene or few.)

Skip Stellrecht voiced Ryu in the English dub for all the 90's SF Anime (The Movie, II V and the first Alpha anime). And personally I thought he was the best Ryu out of the four but to be fair he got to be Ryu longer than the other three so that probably helped.

However Richard Cansino got to voice Ryu in the 2nd Alpha anime namely Generations and he comes off as somewhat miscast. Don't get me wrong Cansino is a good VA but I liked him better as Vega.

And last but not least is Kyle Hebert, while I admit when it comes to Street Fighter roles he could have got Ryu is not exactly at the top of my list. However Kyle doesn't feel miscast as Ryu to me so it still works.

I may have had a hard time to decide before but I am clearly going with Skip Stellrecht this time around.



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said at 10:38 AM on Thu Aug 10 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
Kyle Hebert sounds a lot like Tong Lung's voice for Ryu, which I believe are tied in the best voices for the character to be honest.
said at 5:28 PM on Tue Nov 1 2016
 1 Shout Out!
1. Kyle Hebert
2. Skip Stellrecht
said at 9:45 PM on Wed May 25 2016
 1 Shout Out!
Great now we get Kyle's normal voice for this page

Although my vote stays, I love Skip's performance and it will forever be my favourite role from him, I actually thought Richard is really good, he was better in other moments than in that clip though, Tong is also good and one of the better voices in the cartoon, Kyle is good but I will still say he's my least favourite
said at 10:09 AM on Mon May 23 2016
1. Skip Stellrecht
2. Kyle Hebert
3. Tong Lung
4. Richard Cansino

He is one of the legendary Shotokans, the Blue Oni to longtime rival Ken's Red, and he would like some pound cake. Destined to become the world's greatest pillow fighter, he is Ryu - and one must defeat his Shoryuken to stand a chance. I'd say Sheng Long, but... yeah. If I'm being honest, all four English VAs did well with the material they were given, with Skip Stellrecht (aka Might Guy) being my #1 choice. He gets most of what defines the Hadouken icon right without going too overboard and his overall take makes me wish Stellrecht could've reprised the role longer. Kyle Hebert is a nice choice for Ryu. Even though he's spotty when the character shows other emotions aside from stoicism, the man's performance is otherwise great and Hebert's gotten a bit more comfortable with the role from what I've heard in SFV. Tong Lung's Rye-You compliments Scott McNeil's Ken just fine, and while his acting can get narm-infested at points, it's still okay nonetheless. Richard Cansino unfortunately is the weakest; the performance in and of itself isn't bad and it's fine for the Alpha version, although I'm not getting much in the way of personality regarding his portrayal. Perhaps that could've been the intended effect, yet I don't really care for it either way.
said at 8:49 PM on Wed May 4 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Kyle Hebert (I liked him the most in SFxT)
2. Skip Stellrecht
3. Richard Cansino
4. Tom Lung
said at 7:01 PM on Thu Nov 12 2015
Are Kyle's clips from Smash 4 different enough to be placed on here as well?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:24 PM on Thu Nov 12 2015
@Wademan94 No
said at 11:47 PM on Mon Jun 1 2015
 1 Shout Out!
1) Kyle Hebert
2) Richard Cansino
3) Skip Stellrecht
4) Tom Lung
said at 11:29 PM on Mon Jun 15 2015
@UltimateSSJ4GokouEX That's a very high number for Richard
said at 12:22 AM on Thu Apr 30 2015
Okay I'll take my old order back, Kyle can get really annoying when he has to emote, Tong was fairly consistent, Skip is really good and I know people hate Richard's take but I thought it was fairly good and fit the more melancholy take of that OVA
said at 11:56 AM on Tue Mar 31 2015
1) Tong Lung
2) Kyle Hebert
3) Skip Stellrecht
4) Richard Cansino
said at 1:10 AM on Mon Apr 13 2015
@Starscreamsfan Too late for this but did you know you repeated post your orders from an earlier comment for some of these street fighter pages including this one?
said at 7:02 AM on Mon Apr 13 2015
@HienFan Yeah, I know. But since I was updating my ranking on almost every franchise I'm familiar with, I thought "well, why not".
said at 12:09 PM on Tue Mar 17 2015
I pick skip. Hebert was nice too, but I just cant help but picture him sayin "Kaaa-me...!"
Pandie the pantie
said at 9:11 PM on Wed Aug 6 2014
 1 Shout Out!
Cansino sounds very miscast to me. Almost as much as Wataru Takagi in the first two iterations of Street Fighter III.

1. Kyle Hebert (I'm biased so sue me)
2. Tong Lung
3. Skip Stellrecht
4. Richard Cansino
said at 7:05 AM on Sun Jun 15 2014
 6 Shout Outs!
I wonder... Matthew Yang King as Ryu?
said at 9:40 AM on Mon May 5 2014
Tong Lung is great as Ryu. He has good chemistry with the other characters (especially Ken) and he really nails the responsibility aspect of Ryu in this series.
said at 7:51 AM on Wed May 7 2014
@Starscreamsfan I also liked Hebert and Stellretch in the role.

My Ranking:
1) Tong Lung
2) Kyle Hebert
3) Skip Stellrecth
4) Richard Cansino
said at 9:19 PM on Sat Feb 8 2014
1 Skip Stellretch
2 Richard Cansino
3 Tong Lung
4 Kyle Hebert
said at 3:48 AM on Mon Jun 9 2014
@HienFan I'll take my order back Kyle is better on cutscene than he is on game play
1 Skip
2 Richard
3 Kyle
4 Tong
said at 1:33 AM on Thu Nov 29 2012
 1 Shout Out!
Skip, Kyle, Tong, Richard.
said at 8:18 AM on Sat Jun 9 2012
 6 Shout Outs!
Skip, followed closely by Kyle.

Though I do wonder what would happen if Jason David Frank (The original Green then white Power Ranger) would voice Ryu...

Same time, Skip and Kyle are awesome.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 7:36 PM on Sun Apr 28 2013
@Aussieroth Well instead of saying Shoryuken he would make loud noises that I'm not sure can be accurately translated to text.
said at 12:22 PM on Sat Feb 8 2014
@Nightmare Crusher "Are all those hi-yahs really necessary?"
Nightmare Crusher
said at 12:32 PM on Sat Feb 8 2014
@DravenRoth994 YES!
said at 12:41 PM on Sat Feb 8 2014
@Nightmare Crusher Wait, is that M. Bison? I was quoting Lord Zedd in case you didn't know.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 12:50 PM on Sat Feb 8 2014
@DravenRoth994 I'm in a surreal mood today. At least, I think I am.
said at 1:01 PM on Sat Feb 8 2014
@Nightmare Crusher Well I guess we all can be at some point.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 5:39 PM on Wed Jan 11 2012
 6 Shout Outs!
I'm going with Skip. He sounds strong enough without sounding too old.
said at 12:10 AM on Fri Oct 28 2011
 1 Shout Out!
"I AM the world's greatest pillow fighter!"

I think I should quote something from the Street Fighter animated series for nearly every character who appeared in that blasphemy. Otherwise, I do love the performance Hebert gives for Ryu, but it's easy to just go ahead and give it to Skip, himself... I don't know why, though.
said at 1:11 AM on Sat May 7 2011
#1 Skip Stellrecht
He is not only the best VA for Ryu (at least IMO), but his voice is the only one who I really feel suits the character. Full of energy and determination, he certainly established Ryu's greatest virtues and brought the character to life. And like u1 and rustyshackleford said, there MUST be a better representation of Skip's amazing performance.

#2 Kyle Hebert
He's a distant but decent second. He does stay true to the character, but IMO he sounds quite forced and one-sided. That's not a really bad thing, per se, but I think he can do at least a bit better. His voice for Ryu is growing on me, but it'll never even compete with Skip's.

#3 Tong Lung/Richard Cansino
The other two just don't fit the character. Tong's acting was pretty iffy, and like Pokejedservo and d20watt said, Richard was much better as Vega.
said at 10:01 PM on Sat Apr 13 2013
You know what, scratch my entire first post. I like Kyle much better now.
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