Ken Masters

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Ken Masters
Ken SSBU artwork.png
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate artwork
First appearance Street Fighter (1987)
Street Fighter II': Special Champion Edition (1993, Sega-related media)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)
Latest portrayal Reuben Langdon (English, 2009-present)
Yūji Kishi (Japanese, 1999-present)
Species Human
“Bring it on!”
Ken Masters, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Ken Masters is one of the central characters of Capcom's Street Fighter series, in which he debuted in the first game of the same name. Ken is the best friend and rival to Ryu, and he uses improved Shoryuken ki techniques to fight.


Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Ken makes his first appearance in the Super Smash Bros. series as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The trophy automatically unlocked after purchasing and downloading Ryu as a fighter.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Ken Masters
Ken SSBU artwork.png
Game appearances
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (unlockable)
Special moves
Standard:  Hadoken
Side:  Tatsumaki Senpukyaku
Up:  Shoryuken
Down:  Focus Attack
Final Smash:  Shinryuken / Shippu Jinraikyaku
Battle entrance
Ken walks onto the stage from some mist in the background, then gets into a fighting stance while saying "I'm ready for ya! Bring it on!".

Ken appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, as an unlockable character and an Echo Fighter to Ryu. He shares many similarities to Ryu, though he has multiple gameplay differences, including multiple entirely different moves (e.g. side smash attack, neutral air attack, up air attack, Final Smash etc.), and he moves slightly faster. His Shoryuken and Tatsumaki Senpukyaku can hit multiple times unlike Ryu's variants, and his Hadoken is shaped differently while also having a graphic of his hands displayed within. Additionally, Ken can perform two unique command-input moves that Ryu cannot perform, though Ken cannot perform the Shakunetsu Hadoken.

As a somewhat heavy fighter, Ken's weight is equal to that of Ryu, while he is lighter than Link, Yoshi, Captain Falcon, Min Min, and Mii Gunner, but heavier than Mega Man.

Ken's debut trailer is "Clash of Flames," which is also shared with the Pokémon Incineroar. In said trailer, Ken, on the Boxing Ring stage, successfully KOs Little Mac, before being knocked out himself by Incineroar.

Some of Ken's standard moves have nicknames: standard attack is Inazuma Kick; tapped and held down tilts are Light Ankle Kick and Heavy Ankle Kick, respectively; and back throw is Hell Wheel.

Classic Mode route[edit]
Red-Hot Rivalry
Round Opponent(s) Stage Song
1 Dark Pit Palutena's Temple (Battlefield) Dark Pit's Theme
2 Wolf Venom Star Wolf's Theme / Sector Z (for 3DS / Wii U)
3 Dark Samus Frigate Orpheon Multiplayer - Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
4 Link (dark costume) Temple Great Temple / Temple
5 Luigi Mario Bros. Underground Theme - Super Mario Bros.
6 Ryu Suzaku Castle (Ω) Ryu Stage
Final Master Hand (intensity 7.0 or higher), Crazy Hand Final Destination Crazy Hand
Master Hand / Crazy Hand (intensity 7.0 or higher)

Final Smash[edit]

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“Take this! Shinryuken!”
Ken Masters, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Shinryuken (神龍拳) is one of the variants for Ken's Final Smash, originally debuting as a Super Combo in the Street Fighter Alpha series. This version of the Final Smash appears if used when there are no opponents directly in front of Ken. Upon inputting the command, Ken shouts, "Take this! Shinryuken!" and jumps up into the air with a powerful uppercut, causing a large geyser of fire to erupt around him. The Shinryuken is also capable of hitting through soft platforms on the stage. If the Final Smash is activated when Ken is next to an opponent, the Final Smash becomes the Shippu Jinraikyaku instead.

Shippu Jinraikyaku[edit]

“Gotcha! Shippu Jinraikyaku!”
Ken Masters, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Shippu Jinraikyaku (疾風迅雷脚) is a move from the Street Fighter series debuting as Ken's third Super Art in Street Fighter III: New Generation and appears as one of his two Final Smash attacks. This attack is used when the player uses Ken's Final Smash with an opponent directly in front of him. Ken kicks his opponent on the ground several times, announcing the attack while kicking, before beginning to carry them upward with a rapid helicopter kick. The move ends with one final intense kick to the opponent. Similar to Shin Shoryuken, if the move has enough knockback to KO the opponent, an intense orange background from Street Fighter IV will cover the entire screen, while the final kick causes black ink to surround the opponent while violent action lines focus on the Final Smash's victim. This move will ignore edges entirely, continuing past them even during the grounded section. If Ken misses, he will instead simply perform the initial five hits of the attack. If there are no opponents directly in front of Ken, then the Final Smash becomes the Shinryuken instead.


  • "I'm ready for ya! Bring it on!"
  • "There you go!"
  • "Take this! Shinryuken!"
  • "Gotcha! Shippu Jinraikyaku!"
  • "Get serious."
  • "Yeah!"
  • "Come on!"
  • "Uh-oh!"
  • "I did it!"
  • "I knew I'd win, ha!"
  • "Challenge me after some practice."
  • "So, you wanna fight fire with fire, huh?" (debut trailer)
  • "Hadoken!"
  • "Tatsumaki!"
  • "Tatsumaki Senpakyakyu!"
  • "Shoryuken!"

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophy[edit]

Name 3DS trophy Wii U trophy Category Appears in Description
Ken SSB3DS Trophy Ken.png SSBWU Trophy Ken.png Series Related Arcade Street Fighter (1987) Flag of USA.png Ken has been Ryu’s number-one rival and best friend since they trained together as children under the same master. In fact, the headband Ryu wears was a gift from Ken! Along with being a very talented martial artist, Ken is also heir to his rich father’s Masters Foundation. But sorry, would-be suitors, Ken’s married and has a son!
Flag of Europe.png Ken has been Ryu's number one rival and best friend since they trained together as children under the same master. The head band Ryu wears was a gift from Ken. Heir to his rich father's Masters Foundation, Ken is a highly skilled martial artist, but eventually goes home and becomes a family man with his wife Eliza and their son, Mel.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]


No. Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
978 Ken SSBU Spirit Ken.png Street Fighter Series Fighter N/A N/A Classic Mode as Ken N/A N/A N/A N/A

Palutena's Guidance[edit]

  • Pit: Whoa! It's Ken!
  • Palutena: He's the son of the Masters family and a U.S. martial arts tournament champion.
  • Pit: I heard he's filthy rich!
  • Palutena: Really, Pit?
  • Viridi: Sounds like someone needs to up their angel's allowance.
  • Palutena: Back to Ken - he's energetic, cheerful, and boisterous. Pretty much the opposite of Ryu, who has a much more serious personality.
  • Pit: Uh...Why are their attacks so similar then?
  • Palutena: Ken and Ryu are friends that trained in the same fighting style.
  • Palutena: It's a martial art close to Karate that originates from Ansatsuken. They're known to use Hado as well.
  • Pit: You know, Ken doesn't seem like such a bad guy.
  • Palutena: Let's just hope he doesn't give in to the Dark Hado.
  • Palutena: OK, gossip time! Did you know Ken's wife Eliza is also Julia's sister, and Julia is married to Guile?
  • Pit: What?! So Ken is Guile's brother-in-law?!

Super Smash Blog bio[edit]

  • Ken joins the battle as Ryu's Echo Fighter! Their differences are carried over from the original game: Ken's Hadoken is shaped differently, his strong Shoryuken has flames, and he moves a bit faster. He has two Final Smashes: Shinryuken and Shippu Jinraikyaku.


  • Originally from the Street Fighter™ series, Ken joined the Super Smash Bros.™ Ultimate game as Ryu's Echo Fighter! Their differences are carried over from the original game: Ken's Hadoken is shaped differently, his strong Shoryuken has flames, and he moves a bit faster. He has two final smashes: Shinryuken and Shippu Jinraikyaku.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ケン・マスターズ
Ken Masutāzu
Ken Masters
German Ken -
Russian Кен
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