Ryu has the demeanor and wisdom of a man far older than himself, due to his prolific lineage and mantle of station as a respected ninja. His exploits have given him an attitude far removed from most others, and he understands things in more abstract and philosophical terms. Much like Gen Fu and Eliot, he adopts a tranquil nature, much akin to water; free flowing most of the time, but unforgiving and crushing when roused. Through the Dead or Alive tournament, he has extricated himself from many of the subplots involving other characters, concentrating instead purely on the larger goals that present themselves.
He is Hayate's best friend and an ally of Kasumi and Ayane. He and his ninja brethren have been direct players in the defeat of every major threat in the D.O.A. tournaments, himself defeating the rogue Tengu in single combat during the second tournament. Ryu has befriended several people from the DOA tournaments, notably Jann Lee, with whom he shares a mutual respect. Though it's never specifically mentioned in any of the games, Ryu does like to enjoy himself at times. In the official book (known as Ninja Gaiden Dragon Blade and only available in Japan) there is a chapter about Ryu skipping rocks on a pond and racing them. He also enjoys the Ninja Bros podcast, which there is an easter egg of in Ninja Gaiden II.
In Ninja Gaiden, Ryu is acquainted with female protagonists like Rachel and Irene. On the other hand, Ryu has been betrayed by some of his allies such as Foster (NG III: The Ancient Ship of Doom) and Murai (NG Xbox).
Ryu in Ninja Gaiden 2Edit
Member's opinions on Ryu HayabusaEdit
- Resurgence thinks he is an awesome character because he loves ninjas. He thinks he would have made a nice addition to Brawl as another 3rd party choice.
- Rey: He's a badass. Go die if you disagree.
- Kthelmir: Thinks he's the second worst ninja. Only second because Naruto is much MUCH worse. Seriously, what kind of Ninja lets himself get SHOT AND GET CAPTURED? A bad one, that's whats.