Hot Ryu is proof we should ban sexually appealing video game characters

Street Fighter V has revealed pre-order bonus costumes in North America and the gruff, masculine “Battle Costume Ryu”, which was quickly dubbed Hot Ryu online, has aroused gamers across the globe. Gaming sites are already declaring him one of the “too hot not to share” and it didn’t take long for him to trend on Twitter.

His popularity has absolutely crushed my spirits and faith in humanity.

i-wish-i-were-as-hot-as-hot-ryuI expected outraged blog posts complaining about his over-sexualization and unobtainable level of masculinity which could influence the minds of young, impressionable boys who would grow up in world which glorifies bodies such as Hot Ryu’s. I trusted that women would see what straight men had done to their gender and do anything in their power from the reverse happening. Sadly, I have now realized that I cannot trust straight women any more than I can trust their heterosexual male counterparts. This has left me feeling very alone in the world and not just that of gaming.

Thus, in the spirit of equality and safeguarding tomorrow’s youth, we must remove all sexually revealing outfits and characters from games (and all media really). This will guarantee that women do not feel objectified and prevents men from going down the same path. I can only imagine the pain that a straight male teenager will feel when he asks a girl to the dance and is rejected because he lacks an 8-pack like her favorite video game character.

Only we can stop gender stereotypes and video games need to be target number one.

  • Luther

    Is this a joke

    • PJ

      No. I don’t know where you would get that idea from.

  • m0r1arty

    I object to the fact that he’s obviously a bear and is therefore unattainable to women unless they think rape is an option for them. Respect Ryu’s sexual preferences women and stop pushing your primal urges into his safe space!

    • Kriffix

      That means nothing to them though, sexual preference in itself is discriminatory after all :p

  • phxrebirth

    This is the best blog/article I’ve ever seen in my life. I’m rolling around laughing right now about the irony that feminists are going through right now! XD

  • yellowmage

    My only concern is, since Hot Ryu has received this much attention, how will Capcom top it with Zangief?

    • popehentai

      heh top it with Zangeif…… Giggity.

    • Bear Naff

      Zangief will be replaced by the lion character from the short-lived Fox Kids cartoon, “Furry Force”.

  • Quiet, quiet. I need to gaze at his pecs some more.

  • Anotherquest

    I can’t believe “hot Ryu” is a thing. I suspect it’s not really trending on twitter but I don’t care. It’s too much fun.

    I just found your site and I love it. Throwback Thursdays are great.

  • Matt Story

    Before GamerGate, I would have instantly assumed this was a joke article. No I know what depths of ignorance gamers are capable of and I’m not sure.

    • ChuLipso

      Your statements don’t really connect with one another. Might want to spend less time worrying about gamergate and more time actually reading the piece.

      • MBat

        I would assume he is just citing the Poe’s Law. The view of the ideologues gamergate is fighting are so out of touch that when you make a parody of them people can’t tell if you are joking.

      • Matt Story

        I do not worry about GamerGate. They are a demographically and economically insignificant group of manchildren who devote most of their time to whining on the internet about things most people don’t care about and they very rarely pick targets whose gender, race, and sexuality match mine. They give me very little to worry about.

        And I did actually read the piece. Might want to spend less time making assumptions about people you don’t know and more time actually addressing the things they say. Bye now.

        • m0r1arty

          “They are a demographically and economically insignificant group of manchildren who devote most of their time to whining on the internet about things most people don’t care about and they very rarely pick targets whose gender, race, and sexuality match mine.”

          “Might want to spend less time making assumptions about people you don’t know and more time actually addressing the things they say”

          Ladies and gentlemen, and invited transgendered species, I present cognitive dissonance 101.

          • Matt Story

            Like every GamerGater I’ve ever met, you don’t actually know what “cognitive dissonance” means. You say “cognitive dissonance” when you mean “hypocrisy” — except this isn’t hypocrisy, either, because I’m making observations based on months of interacting with GamerGate, not the kind of assumptions I’m criticizing. Also, LOL at “ladies and gentlemen”, as if anyone is listening to you. You gators have been at this long enough that you should have figured out that no one ever listens to you unless you’re hurting people.

            Congratulations are in order, though. You did manage to get me to reply after I’d resolved to be done talking to you. Rest assured that it won’t happen again, though, so you can get back to your regular schedule of making throwaway Twitter accounts and falsely accusing obscure Twitter personalities of child abuse. Goodbye, and enjoy being a member of a hate group.

    • popehentai

      Wheres the ignorance here?

      IF someone can complain about men sexualizing female characters, is it not equally wrong for women to sexualize male ones?

      • Kriffix

        This is not how equality works anymore, apparently. Now it’s prejudice and subjective notions of power. Decades of being told your skin/gender/sexuality doesn’t matter? Yeah, you can forget about that. It’s all about the way you were born defining your place on the progressive stack. Identity over individual. Meritocracy is “problematic” as they say.

      • Matt Story

        If you genuinely believe this Ryu skin is sexualized the same way female video game characters are sexualized, there is really nothing for us to talk about. Enjoy your strange world of false equivalences. Goodbye.

        • popehentai

          How is it strange or false? Men look at fit and shapely women sexually. Women look at fit and shapely men sexually. Women write several articles about how they sexually objectify the male character. Hes called “hot Ryu” because of the objectifying articles written by WOMEN. If a character is being viewed as a sexual object by women does the BS “male power fantasy” crap i know you’re waiting to pull really apply?

  • Magic Carpet

    I’m feeling really, really bad about my body now that I know I can never look this good. And I am just a carpet.

  • TheDynastQueen

    You are mistaken, so called men/boys are not at risk as these sexualized men create unrealistic damaging expectation FOR WOMEN! In the last hour I visually acknowledged, not objectified because men can’t be objectified, 60 fictional men just as ripped as or even bigger than Ryu. Outside of a gyms which I refuse to go into because fat women are beautiful as is no man looks like any of them.

    How is a woman/gay man/trans spiritual entity/otherkin/01010101/dhjkdhks supposed to be happy when the Patriarchy insists on creating these unattainable men?!! THIS MAKES ME UNHAPPY THUS ALL WOMEN ARE UNHAPPY ERGO SEXISM!! DONATE TO EASE MY PAIN!! *shakes tip jar*

  • disfunny

    “asks a girl to the dance and is rejected because he lacks an 8-pack like her favorite video game character” Lets just hope that person doesn’t like Mortal Kombat “Sorry you don’t have fiery chains of death or trying to avenge your family from a blue colored power ranger”

  • Shel

    Bravo! Loved it. I did the same thing, but on Facebook this morning

  • Amira Hernández

    Hahaha. Amazing. I am dying laughing.

  • OmegaNITRO

    ROFL

  • A.F. Taj

    >.>

  • Kriffix

    Without years of social conditioning to view something as inherently problematic, suddenly we see how ridiculous this argument is. Great job at putting it in perspective for is Paul!

  • KaidaStorm

    Wow had not heard of this “hot ryu”. Didn’t even realize people consider that attractive. But alas I suppose people do. This has nothing to do with Gay, straight, male, female, or whatever. People do it with game characters of all genders, though with men people are less keen to realize, all people.

    It’s in a way more damaging to the person who uses it as their model for how they want their significant other to look. The straight male in your scenario will find a woman that finds him attractive, but the girl looking for Handsome Ryu, setting unrealistic expectations for herself, will have difficulty finding someone who meets those expectations. Often resulting in them “settling” and then damaging that relationship by the other never meeting their unrealistic idea.

    This doesn’t just happen with sexualized characters. I, myself, am a culprit of the above. Except with romance stories… I find the way tv portrays romance so attractive that it’s what I desire in another, and when my expectations aren’t meet I move on. And i mean i want the drama, the spontaneity, the “non-direct” route. I have an unrealistic idea of how love works and while sometimes it can be achieved in that way I put too much importance on that being the only way.

    So the question that I’m trying to pose here is… how far do we go? Why does these things affect us this way?