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Gouki from Street Fighter video games in mid-leap


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


Gouki is one of the most powerful characters in the Street Fighters video game setting. He was the first hidden character of the series, appearing (in hiding!) in the 1994 release.

It should be noted that he’s known as Akuma (The Devil) in North America. Why Capcom of America swapped out one Japanese name for another in the English translation is totally beyond me.

Gouki is a god-like martial artist who could give even some of the heaver hitters a challenge. His motivation of looking for worthy opponents gives him reason enough to challenge anyone he deems tough enough, too!


  • Real Name: Gouki.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Gouten (brother, deceased, killed by his own hands).
  • Group Affiliation: Formerly a disciple of Goutetsu along with Gouten.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 5’11″ Weight: 176 lbs.
  • Eyes: Pupiless that occasional crackle with red energy Hair: Red

Powers and Abilities

Gouki is not actually a demon. But he is a man who has forsaken all else, sold his soul to the dark side, and undertaken hellish training to surpass what most mortals can hope to achieve. He has the standard Shotokan abilities further enhanced by his ansatsu style and willingness to kill.

He’s so powerful that he’s able to sink island with a single punch, crack mountains in half, survive in the deep sea unaided, and pull off hurricane kicks underwater so powerful that they cause whirl pools and destroy submarines! That said, he rarely fights at full strength.


Street Fighter 1

Gouki challenged, fought, and killed his brother, Gouken, while Ryu was away at the first Street Fighter tournament. By the end of the battle, one of Gouken’s students, Ken, arrived. He witnessed Gouki pulling off the killing blow. Gouki, victorious, then left.

Street Fighter Zero 2

Gouken’s student, Ryu, tracked Gouki down and challenged him. Gouki, always looking for worthy foes, tested Ryu’s mettle at his island, Gokuentou. Gouki is very impressed by his skill, and told Ryu about the satsui no hadou power within him.

He wants that power to awaken within Ryu, and told him that once it does, he should seek him out again so they could have a real match. Gouki then forcefully slammed his fist into the ground, and the island of Gokuentou sunk into the sea, with Ryu escaping just in time.

Gouki leaps in

One day, an old man named Gen found Gouki, and challenged him. Gouki used the shungokusatsu on Gen, but Gen managed to survive it! Gen then did his his zanei on him, but Gouki blocked it. As the battle went on, Gouki realized that Gen was sick and the two set apart.

Neither one won the battle. Gen survived the shungokusatsu because he emptied his spirit, heart and mind. This had made him immune to pain from past sins.

Street Fighter Zero 3

Gouki spent all of SFZ3 looking for a worthy challenger. He found Gen, once again, by the end of SFZ3. Gen, being really persistent, wanted to finally end things and have a match to the death. He told Gouki that Gouki wouldn’t win, again. Gen considers Gouki the winner of the last match because Gouki chose to “spare” Gen by withdrawing.

After winning the battle, Gen decided to spare Gouki. He just gave up on finding an opponent worthy of a death match. He stated that Gouki was the only one worthy of such a battle, but now that the battle was over, there was no more reason for Gen to use his fighting style, any longer.

Street Fighter 2

Gouki heard about the Street Fighter 2 tournament, but he didn’t sign up for it. When the final championship of the match ended Gouki decided to randomly jump in and test just how powerful this Vega was. Vega was caught from behind and killed by the shungokusatsu.

Gouki jumping knee first

Gouki (holding back)- SSF2XR Character Concealed File

For the sake of a persistent appetite to face strength, he continues to fight. That appetite is mighty, even without regard to murdering people.

Street Fighter 3 Second Impact

Gouki developed “the ultimate technique”, kongou kokuretsuzan. It is so powerful that it splits an entire mountain, Ayers Rock, in half!

Street Fighter 3 Third Strike

Oro had been sensing some powerful ki for some time. He finally tracked it down and found Gouki! They had a practice match to see who was more powerful. No one knows what the outcome was. Gouki is still training. He has trained himself to the point where he is now powerful enough to do inhuman acts, such as stay deep under the ocean.

While training there, he uses the tenshou kairekijin to destroy a sunken ship. Observed by a submarine and a nearby ship, the crewmembers are shocked. The move is so powerful that it causes the sunken ship to be blasted to the surface, causing chaos even for the other ship on the water.

Where Is He Now

As shown by SF3 dialogue, Gouki still waits for Ryu to get better to become a worthy match or to find a worthy match out there. Gouki himself is always training. He’s presumed to appear in SF4. We’ll see what develops for him as time goes by.


Gouki has pretty much sold his soul to the dark side. And it shows in his unsettling appearance. There’s something menacing about his white pupiless eyes bright red hair and face that’s fixed into a perpetual sneer. He typically wears a ripped up black karate gi with the character for heaven on the back.

Gouki portrait


Gouki’s actually not quite as evil as one would think at first glance. It’s true that he killed his brother in a fight to the death to see who was stronger. And he did kill Vega for unclear reasons. But other than that he walks a very austere warrior’s path and doesn’t roam around murdering, raping, and pillaging.

He probably killed his brother to test the full potential and, let’s face it, killing Vega was doing the world a favor. He likely killed Vega because his bid for world domination was getting in the way of certain fighters, namely Ryu, to realize their full potential.

Gouki casts an energy ball

He’s even nice enough to not go all out on most opponents. He even walked away from the fight with Gen when he realized his opponent was terminally ill.

That said he doesn’t go out of his way not to endanger innocent bystanders. Just ask the guys in the sub who happened across him while he was training under the sea. God help you if you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time and he starts his training regimen.

He’s someone who’s simply so devoted to walking the path of the consummate warrior that good and evil no longer have any meaning to him.


“To become fighters, true warriors of the fist must possess all power that can be utilized. Those who ban techniques cling to life in stinginess, which this warrior of the fist does not !”

“A true warrior never escapes from danger, he faces it.”


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Dex: 09 Str: 06 Bod: 07 Motivation: Anti-heroic Seeking Worthy Opponents
Int: 06 Wil: 05 Min: 08 Occupation: Warrior
Inf: 06 Aur: 05 Spi: 08 Resources {or Wealth}: 01
Init: 025 HP: 100

Adrenaline Surge: 07, Energy Blast: 08, Flame Being: 04, Gliding: 03, Jumping: 04, Magic Blast: 07, Sealed Systems*: 07, Teleport: 03

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Adrenaline Surge can only add to Jumping, Energy Blast, Flame Being, and Magic Blast.
  • Magic Blast has range of Touch only and can only be used in conjunction to Teleport with a blind side devastating attack.
  • Using Flame Being consumes all other actions for that round.

Artist (Sculptor): 06, Acrobatics: 08, Martial Artist: 13

Iron Nerves, Languages (Japanese), Lightning Reflexes, Shticks (Iron Fist, Martial Chi Mastery, Stance Assessment).

Like he needs them !

Creepy Appearance, Enemy (Ken and Ryu), Minor Rage.

A sporting chance

It’s important to note that Gouki rarely fights at full potential. To simulate this reduce all attributes and powers by one and drop his Martial Artist to 11. Further more he rarely engages in killing combat.

He may have sold his soul to the dark side and may delight in crushing opponents, but why kill someone who shows great potential when they may be able to train harder and give him a much better fight down the line ?

Gouki with his necklace

Enhanced Gouki

Here’s a scary thought: the already near god-like Gouki enhanced even further ! This really isn’t recommended for most campaigns unless you want to have crazy DBZ style battles that destroy mountains. This goes double for Cyber Gouki !

Dex: 10 Str: 07 Bod: 08 Motivation: Anti-heroic Seeking Worthy Opponents
Int: 07 Wil: 06 Min: 09 Occupation: Warrior
Inf: 07 Aur: 06 Spi: 09 Resources {or Wealth}: 01
Init: 028 HP: 175

Adrenaline Surge: 11, Energy Blast: 12, Flame Being: 04, Gliding: 04, Jumping: 10, Magic Blast: 10, Sealed Systems*: 08, Teleport: 05

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Adrenaline Surge can only add to Jumping, Energy Blast, Flame Being, and Magic Blast.
  • Spirit Blast has range of Touch only and can only be used in conjunction to Teleport with a blind side devastating attack.

Artist (Sculptor): 06, Acrobatics: 09, Martial Artist: 14

Gouki character details

Cyber Gouki

Dex: 11 Str: 08 Bod: 09 Motivation: Upholding Apocalypse ?
Int: 08 Wil: 07 Min: 10 Occupation: Warrior
Inf: 08 Aur: 07 Spi: 10 Resources {or Wealth}: 01
Init: 031 HP: 160

Adrenaline Surge: 12, Electric Being: 05, Gadgetry (Self-Linked): 15, Gliding: 05, Lightning: 13, Jumping: 11, Magic Blast: 11, Sealed Systems*: 09, Teleport: 04

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Adrenaline Surge can only add to Jumping, Lightning, Electric Being, and Magic Blast.
  • Spirit Blast has range of touch only and can only be used in conjunction to Teleport with a blind side devastating attack.
  • Using Electric Being consumes all other actions for that round.

Artist (Sculptor): 06, Acrobatics: 10, Martial Artist: 15

Strange Appearance, Enemy (Ken and Ryu), Minor Rage.

Cyber Gouki is scary, but he’s meant to be only second to Apocalypse in the game so what do you expect. Energy Blast and Flame Being get swapped out for Lightning and Electric Being cause he’s a cyborg now. It’s also possible that he has Life Support (no need to eat, drink, breath, or sleep), but this was not demonstrated in game.

Gouki's back

By Tom Eilers.

Source of Character: Street Fighter video games.

Helper(s): Sean McDonald (for the original take), GameFAQs  (for everything that you ever wanted to know about the Street Fighter universe and more !) Kal el Vigilante, Peter S Piispanen, and Darci.

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