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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Ryu with sound clips and images.
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 Sat Jul 4 2009, 29 Comments, Add Comment
Street Fighter: The Animated Series (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 4 (2009)
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 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
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
 2 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
Skip, Kyle, Tong, Richard.
said at 8:18 AM on Sat Jun 9 2012
 3 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
 3 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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Who do you think has been the best from these Ryu voice actors?
Tong Lung
Skip Stellrecht
Richard Cansino
Kyle Hebert