- "Go to heaven!"
- — Retsu, Street Fighter
Just before the first game, Retsu was indefinitely excommunicated from his temple for using forbidden techniques. His encounter with a young Ryu made him change his ways however, and he now lives as an ascetic martial artist.
While Retsu has so far not appeared in another Street Fighter game since the original, he still forms part of the later games' backstories, being established as a friend of Ryu and Ken's teacher, Gouken. He is also a friend of Dhalsim and had met Oro in the past.
Street Fighter comics
Retsu paid a visit to Gouken in the mountains, informing him that Goutetsu was the only other student who was able to stay in the mountains for fourteen days without food and water, informing him that he has reached enlightenment; he mentions that Akuma has come to an awakening of his own. Retsu then showed Gouken the village where the people who killed his father lived; after Gouken told him that he had no intention of fighting them, Retsu told him that his training was complete.
Retsu went out to look for Akuma after promising to find him for Gouken; he first went to Tokyo, only to find that he has no mailing address. He then goes to a village to ask other fighters about him, but was met with stories of how Akuma was the devil incarnate and an evil demon cast from the heavens to bring suffering to humanity; they described him as an inhuman killer of the highest order who revels in sending souls to hell, and a master of pain and death who has killed men, women, and even children. Retsu reports all of this back to Gouken, and suggests that he should forget about him.
At a later point in time, Retsu spars with Ryu to test the boy's skills, and is brutally beaten by Ryu under the influence of the Satsui no Hado, but is stopped by Gouken before Ryu could go too far. As Gouken supervises Retsu's recovery, he tells him that he is fine, and tells Gouken that his student is much stronger then he appears.
Retsu was supposed to make his playable debut in Capcom Fighting Evolution, representing the first Street Fighter game alongside Eagle (using his Capcom vs SNK 2 sprite) and a redesigned young version of Sagat without his chest scar. Due to time constraints, all three were cut from the game.
- Although not connected to Retsu in any way, the character of Makoto is similar to him in terms of fighting style, involving traditional Japanese martial arts with no fireballs or seemingly any special abilities compared to other fighters, and her background in Street Fighter III is similar to Retsu's background from the original Street Fighter.
- Despite being very significant to the backstory of the original Street Fighter, Retsu has yet to have made another appearance in another installment since the first game.
- In what was thought to be a piece of artwork for Ultra Street Fighter IV, Retsu can be seen behind Ryu, which sprung rumors that Retsu was set to be the fifth announced playable character. However, it turned out to be a piece of artwork from the Street Fighter 25th Anniversary artbook, released a year before.
- According to the Shadaloo C.R.I, his biggest weakness is Candy sweets.
|Retsu Stage||Street Fighter||Yoshihiro Sakaguchi|
|Retsu Stage||Fighting Street|
|Street Fighter Characters|
|Playable||Ken · Ryu|
|CPU Only||Adon · Birdie · Eagle · Geki · Gen · Joe · Lee · Mike · Retsu · Sagat|