I know the there's hadōken (波動拳, wave-motion fist) for the ball of fire/plasma.

Does anyone know what they say for the jumping uppercut and the helicopter kick?

If the words changed over time, I'm particularly interested in what they say in Street Fighter II.


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The uppercut is known as the "Shoryuken", and that's what he says while executing it, while the kick is known as the "Tatsumaki Senpuu Kyaku" which he says while executing it, or the "Hurricane Kick" due to the tough pronunciation of the name.


  • Guess I read the wrong wiki. =) Apr 19, 2012 at 12:39
  • triple upvotes to you. Shoryuken > Hadoken .. ;) Jul 12, 2013 at 9:38

Ryu's hurricane kick is called a Tatsumaki. The full words is actually: "Tatsumaki Senpukyaku" Literal translation: "Tornado Whirlwind Leg"

His Dragon Uppercut is called Shoryuken


The rising uppercut is called the "Shoryuken," and has remained the same since Street Fighter 2 (I'm actually surprised you know the word hadouken but not shoryuken, considering it's the most famous of the SF moves and even has a whole website named after it). I think it may list their names in the command list in the start menu of all the games since around Alpha. Anyway, it supposedly means rising dragon fist. The hurricane kick, or tornado whirlwind leg, is said as "Tatsumaki Senpuukyaku," but they say it so fast it sounds like gibberish.

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    I've had their voices embedded in my brain since SF2, but I never knew what the actual words were until today. Apr 19, 2012 at 12:51
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    Hadouken is quite a bit more famous than shoryuken (although shoryuken is still quite famous). There's even a band called Hadouken because of how famous the move is.
    – Mr Smooth
    Apr 19, 2012 at 18:45
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Ryu says "ha plak plak ploo plak" during the helicopter kick in SF2

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    I'm sorry, I can't help but LOL at this.
    – Malky.Kid
    Jan 11, 2014 at 23:42

When Ryu does the hurricane kick he says, "flapjack whirljack."

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