|Voiced by (English) Dave Fennoy (SFV)|
Fighting style Senjutsu
|Voiced by (Japanese) Kan TokumaruTakashi Matsuyama (3rd Strike, SFV)|
First game Street Fighter III: New Generation
Similar Akuma, Ibuki, Elena, Makoto, Sodom
Oro (オロ) is a fictional character in the Street Fighter series of fighting games by Capcom. Oro is an ancient martial arts master who lives a secluded life of an immortal hermit. Despite appearing only in Street Fighter III games, Oro gained significant notability due to his unusual and controversial character design.
Oro is a hermit of Japanese descent who is over 140 years old, having mastered the secrets of immortality. He lives in a deep cave within the Amazon. Although he may not seem very strong, his lack of attachments has allowed him to exceed his legendary fighting skills beyond those of an ordinary person, though he does seem to have a weakness for cute girls. He attained such extraordinary abilities through the mastery of an extreme fighting style known as senjutsu (仙術). He sets out on a journey to find a worthy successor of his secrets in order to kill time. Through the use of magic, he sealed one of his arms in order to even the odds in favor of his opponents.
Oro appears in Street Fighter III and its subsequent iterations, Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact and Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, noted for his unorthodox fighting style. In his ending in New Generation and 2nd Impact, Oro decides that the only martial artist he met worthy of inheriting his secrets was Ryu. In 3rd Strike, Oro's boredom has reached its limits. Many young fighters have come to him in trying to become his disciples, but no one has lasted his training long enough. One day, he heard rumors involving a "mysterious organization" and the "master of the fist" and he decided to investigate. In his ending, Oro is shown trying to make Ryu, who is unaware of Oro's presence in his training, his disciple again. Oro is a fighter more suited for patient players, who "can deal some serious damage for the player that can wait for the right opening on an opponent."
Oro also appears in the Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki comic book miniseries where Ibuki's final ninja exam is to challenge him. Together with her friends Elena and Makoto, she goes to the shrine on Mount Atago, where Oro has travelled to meditate. After the fight, Oro says that she actually made him think about using both hands and commends her on an entertaining challenge.
Oro later reappears in Street Fighter V during Dhalsim's prologue story as Dhalsim encounters him while teaching a police officer named Mahesh how to breathe fire. Oro engages a discussion with the yoga master about mastering one skill before he leaves sensing another interesting person in the area. He was later mentioned in Karin's prologue story as Karin travels to India to find Oro which Dhalsim tells her that he had already left in a few days.
Allgame called Oro the "strangest creature of them all" in Street Fighter III and compared him to Quasimodo. IGN cited Oro as an example of the new generation of Street Fighter games that featured "genetic mutants and oddballs", as he "didn't come close to normal". GameDaily named Oro the 22nd most bizarre fighting game character.
UGO Networks listed Oro as one of the top 50 Street Fighter characters due to his "unorthodox, powerful, and unique" design. IGN wrote that while Oro, along with the rest of the Street Fighter III cast, is not as memorable as the characters from Street Fighter II, he was "nicely designed". Heavy.com named Oro one of the characters wanted in Super Street Fighter IV, adding that Oro would work better in 3D than in 2D. Despite appearing only in SFIII, Oro was voted 35th most popular out of 85 Street Fighter characters in Capcom's own poll for the 15th anniversary of Street Fighter. In 2012, ScrewAttack included him on their 2012 list of top ten underrated Street Fighter characters, as number one. In 2014, Capcom UK named Oro as the "3rd Most Powerful Street Fighter Character", while in 2016, Screen Rant named Oro the "2nd Most Powerful Street Fighter Character", adding "He was able to defeat Ryu in battle, and even fight to a draw against Akuma, proving he can hang with the toughest names in the series." Complex ranked Oro as the "20th Best Street Fighter Character", calling him "One of the best characters in the underappreciated SF III, bar none", while Den of Geek ranked Oro as the "32nd Best Street Fighter Character", calling him "the Yoda of Street Fighter", and adding "The gimmick that he’s only “playable character level” because he’s willingly handicapping himself by using one arm is what makes him so rad." in their rankings of Street Fighter characters, Paste placed Oro at 35th place, commenting "Strange characters defined Street Fighter III, and Oro was definitely one of the weirdest the series has ever seen. And he’s able to take anyone on with just one hand!"
On the other hand, GamesRadar named Oro one of the worst Street Fighter characters. IGN's Martin Robinson named Oro one of the five Street Fighter characters that he does not want in Super Street Fighter IV, describing him as "ugly" and "ungainly" as well as the "oddest character to have ever appeared" in the series, yet noting that "some people adore him". In 2012, Complex included Oro on the list of ten lamest Street Fighter characters, stating that although he is "supposed to be one of the strongest characters in the game, but he's really just a creepy, dirty, old, weirdo."