Gen from Street Fighter video games



The deadly Gen isn’t the most famous character from the Street Fighter video games. But he was there from the beginning, in 1987 – albeit as a non-playable foe. He’s a deadly Chinese kung fu assassin with a lot of experience and versatility.

This profile follows the original Japanese naming conventions. Thus, Gouki is called Gouki rather than Akuma.


  • Other Aliases: Blood Fighting 100 game Former invincibility.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base Of Operations: Hong Kong.
  • Height: 5’6” Weight: 134 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Gray


Powers and Abilities

Gen is a legendary assassin in Honk Kong. His great skill is largely because of his talent for chi  manipulation.

He is the only Street Fighter character capable of being able to switch back and forth between two completely different fighting styles. These have completely different moves and powers. The powerful snake style focuses more on giving and taking damage as well as mobility. And the speedy mantis style uses deadly attacks designed to manipulate the chi of others.

Gen has reached a point of enlightenment in his life that allows him to “empty his soul”. As such, he is largely immune to magical attacks.

He’s also a skilled physician who specializes in Chinese holistic medicine. Perhaps this is to balance out all the killing he’s done.


Street Fighter 1

Gen entered the Street Fighter 1 tournament to find worthy opponents. He never ran into Ryu and apparently lost to some other fighter.


Street Fighter Zero 2

Gen found out that he was dying from an incurable illness, namely leukemia. That was a horrible way for a true warrior to go! He went around beating up random Shadaloo members hoping that he’d find a warrior strong enough to kill him in a fight to the death. Gen wanted to die gloriously in battle and not while sick in bed.

Finally, he heard of a powerful warrior named Gouki, and went off to find him.

Gen lying in a puddle under pouring rain

Gouki used the shungokusatsu (aka raging demon) on Gen, but Gen survived it. Gen then used his zanei on Gouki, but Gouki blocked it. As the battle went on, Gouki realized that Gen was sick and left. Neither man won the battle.

Gen survived the shungokusatsu because he emptied his spirit, heart and mind (which made him immune to pain from past sins).

Street Fighter Zero 3

Gen was insulted that Gouki left. He wanted to finish that death match. Gen continued to seek out Gouki for his death match in SFZ3. Most likely, he finally found Gouki, too.

Where Is He Now

Gen was supposed to have died off camera between events of SFZ3 and SF2 (either from his disease or by Gouki’s hand). How and why he is still alive and participating in SF4 and what his exact motivation is has yet to be revealed…


Gen is an elderly Chinese man in his 80s. His hair has gone a silvery gray and he sports a full beard.

He generally dresses in traditional Chinese clothing favoring blue and purple.


While Gen did lead the life of a feared martial artist/assassin the fact that he will die of natural causes greatly disturbed him. Even though he did gain a certain amount of enlightenment during his life, dying in a sickbed seemed repulsive.

Essentially he’s a sick old man who lived of life of death and destruction and just had to go out in a blaze of glory.


Thug: “You’re the sage Gen known as ’Hong Kong’s fist demon.‘”
Gen: “…”
Thug: “What’s wrong ? You can’t even open your mouth shortly before you visit death ?”
Gen: “That’s the way, isn’t it ? Your mouth will likely ask nothing. You come to challenge me with just this mere show, do you ? Don’t say you’re shocked.” (Thud ! Gen instantly kills the thug with his index finger.)

DC Universe History

Gen could be dropped in as is. Obviously he would be more suitable for a martial arts campaign. His ability to switch both styles could easily confuse players.

Alternatively he likely got his start as an assassin in the Warlord era of China. He could of course be also have been an evil assassin for the evil communist Chinese government during the Golden Age period. (Yes, he is actually that old.)

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 07 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Dying a warrior’s death
Int: 07 Wil: 08 Min: 07 Occupation: Assassin
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 09 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 019 HP: 080

Adrenaline Surge: 03, Jumping: 00, Magic Shield: 00, Paralysis: 00, Power Reserve: 10, Pyrotechnics: 00, Superspeed: 00

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Adrenaline Surge works with all Powers except for Power Reserve.
  • Magic Shield has no range.
  • Paralysis and Pyrotechnics are range of touch only and have no AV (use his Dex or MA instead) (+1).
  • Power Reserve can boost all Powers except for Adrenaline Surge and can only boost his stats in sets — see the different stances in the boxed section.
  • Power Reserve can only boost Martial Artist AV and OV or EV and RV separately at normal cost. It cannot boost them both at the same time it’s one set or the other.
  • Superspeed only adds to Initiative and may be subbed as EV.

Acrobatics: 06, Martial Artist: 10, Medicine (First aid, treatment): 04, Thief (Stealth): 08

Expertise (Chinese holistic medicine), Iron Nerves, Languages (Mandarin, Cantonese).

Yun and Yang (high), Lee (high).

Age (old), CPR (Gen has fatal leukemia that is slowly killing him).

Animals I never saw, I with no voice

Gen’s two animal styles are as follow:

  • Snake style : Jumping: 05, Magic Shield: 05
    Snake style also boosts Martial Arts AV and OV to 12.
  • Mantis style : Jumping: 00, Paralysis: 02, Pyrotechnics: 03, Superspeed: 03
    Mantis style also boosts Martial Arts EV and RV to 12.

Adrenaline Surge: 03 is available still available for both styles.

Gen can easily switch between styles at anytime. Doing so is considered a free action. Other styles with other powers and variations are certainly possible. Gen is stated to have mastered no less than 8 styles of Kung Fu, but due to the limitations of the game engine he is only shown to use the above two styles.

By Tom Eilers.

Source of Character: Street Fighter.

Helper(s): Ethan Roe, Darci, Morgan Champion, Roy Cowan, cassius335.