Name Gouken
Height 6'1" (185 cm)
Weight 198 ½ lbs (90 kg)
Homeworld JAPA0001 Japan
Race Human
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color White (Previously black at a young age)
Weapon(s) Fists
Debut Street Fighter IV
English Voice Actor Rod Clarke
Japanese Voice Actor Tōru Ōkawa

Gouken is a playable character from Street Fighter series. He is Ryu's adoptive father, Ryu and Ken's martial arts master, and Dan's former master as well as Akuma's older brother. Gouken plays an integral role in the series' backstory, and made his first physical appearance in the Street Fighter II manga and later as a background picture in Akuma's ending in Street Fighter Alpha. Gouken's first actual appearance as a playable character was in Street Fighter IV as a boss character. He is an unlockable character in the home console version of the game.


The Legacy of GoukenEdit

  • Street Fighter IV (2008-2009)
    • Super Street Fighter IV (2010-2011)
    • Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


Gouken is most often depicted as an elderly man with a white beard and prayer beads around his neck. In his most recent Street Fighter IV appearance, Gouken wears a single sleeved, navy blue-colored karate gi and sports a long, white braid of hair adorned with a single prayer bead.


Gouken does not brag about his abilities, and gives insightful advice to opponents; for example, he tells Dan that anger will not help him (fearing it would lead him to a dark place), and he informs Dee Jay that if he is silent, he would be surprised of what he learns. He detests Akuma for killing their master, Goutetsu.

Theme SongEdit

Gouken's theme is from Street Fighter IV and Super Street Fighter IV.






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