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Akuma (悪魔?), known in Japan as Gouki is a character from the Street Fighter series by Capcom. He is a powerful warrior fixated on mastering the Satsui no Hado and one of Ryu's deadliest rivals.

Akuma first appeared in X-Men: Children of the Atom as a secret guest character. He is a playable character in X-Men vs. Street Fighter, Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes, Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. He is also an assist character in Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes.



Akuma has red hair, wears prayer beads around his neck, and wears a black belt with a torn black or blue gi. The kanji ten (?, lit. sky/heaven/providence) can be seen on his back when it appears during certain animations. He wears three ropes in place of his belt and brown gloves in his newer designs from Street Fighter IV sub-series. One of his most notable appearance is that he wears sandals during a fight, excluding his Street Fighter Alpha incarnation.


X-Men: Children of the Atom[]

In his ending, Akuma says to Magneto, "I'm the master warrior!" The credits show a bunch of X-Men characters in a dizzy motion and after the credits, Akuma does a taunt.

Marvel Super Heroes[]

Akuma makes a very small cameo in one of Anita's moves, Flame Sword.

X-Men vs. Street Fighter[]

Akuma is standing on top of a Japanese temple. Wolverine asks Akuma what he knows about his past. He says to Wolverine, "... Want to talk? Force me." After that they start to fight each other.

Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter[]

Akuma has another form, who served as a final boss, known as Cyber-Akuma, a cybernetic form brainwashed by Apocalypse. He also appears alongside Dark Sakura when you fight her after reaching certain conditions, and in Dark Sakura's ending in the Japanese version of this game.

Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds[]

Akuma notes that no one else is left to rival him on Earth and prepares to journey through the galaxy to find a worthy challenger, leaving behind the bodies of Ryu, Wolverine, Captain America, Chun-Li, and Spider-Man. This mimics his ending in SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos, where after he finds out no one is left to rival him on Earth, he goes back to heaven to challenge Athena's master.

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite[]

Although Akuma does not make an appearance in the game, the Satsui no Hado plays a part in the story. Ryu seems to use little bits of it to fight against the Maverick-infected Dahren Mohran alongside Hulk and the Monster Hunter. When Jedah invades Avengers Tower to destroy the base along with the other heroes and Thanos inside, Ryu began to succumb to the Satsui no Hado, catching Thanos' interest on that dark power. Thanos then interferes and stops Jedah from using the Soul Stone to weaken Ryu's human soul and turn him into Evil Ryu, effectively removing a burden Ryu has had for a long time.

At the end of the game's after credits scene, the Satsui no Hado gains a significant boost in role as Thanos stole the energy of the Satsui no Hado inside Ryu and claims that at its full capacity and potential it can and has destroyed a god, which he then tries to use to destroy Death and Jedah after Death betrays him at some point in the story. Due to the cliffhanger nature of the ending and how the game is made plus the several nods to Ryu almost succumbing to it, Akuma is likely to make an appearance due to him being the current physical manifestation of the Satsui no Hado.


While some people often refer to Akuma as a shoto clone (characters who fight identically or similar to Ryu by utilizing his attacks, usually possessing a projectile and anti-air special, with a physical distance coverage optional), he has more than enough moves to distinguish himself from his lighter counterpart, utilizing a very different playstyle. Back in his earlier appearances, Akuma/Gouki simply had his moves as a combination of both Ryu and Ken's; his Hadouken was both as slow and strong, his Shouryuuken did multiple hits with Ryu's damage, and his Tatsumaki Zankuukyaku did multiple hits like Ken's and knockdown like Ryu's, giving him juggle capabilities. His overpowered damage output was balanced by giving him very low health, making him a classic example of a Glass Cannon in most of his appearances after most of Street Fighter II. His low health storywise is shown to be Akuma holding back his true power in order to enjoy his fights. Most of his recent versions are often balanced, though some game-breaking tools still tend to exist.

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  • A design of both Akuma and Ryu can be found in the background of the Hand HQ stage.
  • Akuma is considered the first character to debut in the Cross-Over series, since he is a secret character on X-Men: Children of Atom, making him the very first Street Fighter/Capcom character to appear in a Marvel related game. The second would be Anita from Darkstalkers (who appeared in Marvel Super Heroes), but Akuma appears in that game as well in one of Anita's attacks.
  • Akuma and Dark Sakura are the only two characters in Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter - and later Marvel vs. Capcom 2 - to share a Hyper Combo, that being the Shun Goku Satsu.
    • Coincidentally, Akuma also appears in Dark Sakura's ending in the Japanese version of Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter.
  • He is one of four unlockable characters in MvC3, along with Sentinel, Hsien-Ko, and Taskmaster. To unlock Akuma, players must obtain 2,000 Player Points, making him the first of the four unlockable characters of the game.
  • Akuma is one of the sub bosses in Cosmic Form before fighting Galactus. The other sub bosses are Doctor Doom, Wesker and Dormammu.
  • Akuma was shown alongside Taskmaster, because they both have fighting styles of other fighters. However, Akuma is the overused Shoutou style shared by many Street Fighter characters (Ryu/Ken/Dan/Sean), while Taskmaster is a mix of a bunch of Marvel character fighting moves (in this game specifically Captain America/Spider-Man/Hawkeye) due to his photographic reflexes. Akuma also uses the style to its full killing peak left intact.
  • When performing his Messatsu Gou Hadou or Tenma Gou Zankuu Hyper Combos in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, one can faintly hear the sound similar to children laughing whilst as Akuma gathers energy.
  • In the hidden Debug Menu of the arcade version of X-Men: Children of the Atom, he was referred as "Test Data" in the Sensei option menu. In the PSX and Sega Saturn port, he was named "Gouki", regardless of the region.

Also See[]

Akuma's moves in Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes

Akuma's moves in Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds

Akuma's moves in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3


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