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Ryu Hayabusa
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The main protagonist of the Ninja Gaiden series, Ryu Hayabusa is a modern super ninja and the best friend of Kasumi's brother. Being a super ninja, he has the responsibility to confront Bankotsubo, the Evil Tengu, who came from the dark world into human existence. to face the Evil Tengu would be a suicidal act for any human being but Hayabusa owes it to himself and to mankind to confront his fate.
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Dead or Alive


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Dead or Alive 2, Dead or Alive 2: Hardcore, Dead or Alive 3, Dead or Alive 4, Dead or Alive 5, DOA5: Ultimate, DOA5: Last Round, Dead or Alive 6, Dead or Alive: Dimensions

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Page Updated:  May 6th, 2024

Hayabusa always struck me as an "Americanized" ninja... a character designed to be more palatable to the western audience. As a fan of legit Japanese ninjas for my entire life, I never really liked him all that much. In the earlyDOA games, it was a cool novelty to see the Ninja Gaiden hero reimagined in a 3D fighting game. Hayabusa's DOA incarnation was always pretty dope... but I've still seen better, more exciting ninjas in many other fighting games.

Also, Hayabusa's "baby face" rendering in the first few games was awkward... (Hayabusa's side hustle: modelling for acne medicine?) He looks like such a friendly guy with the mask off... like he could be a barista at Starbucks. DOA's devs obviously spent so much time rendering soft-looking women with big boobs, they forgot to make Hayabusa look tough, like a proper ninja. Also, Hayabusa's DOA moveset is a mixed bag. Some of his attacks and throws are cool, while other moves aren't very "ninja-like" and are actually rather sloppy. While he's a memorable character, I think he's slightly overrated (like the modern Ninja Gaiden games, IMO).

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