Shiva acts as the penultimate boss in the game, where he must be beaten before the player is allowed to take down Mr. X.
Shiva reappeared as the first boss. He is also a secret playable character who can be unlocked immediately after his defeat by holding down the B button. Since he is an evil character, his existence as a playable character is not considered canon, as it's impossible for Axel and Blaze to work with him.
If the player fails to save the General in Stage 6, then they will enter what is supposedly the White House. There, Axel and company will confront him during "fake general" press-conference on national TV. At this time Shiva has an increased health and more powerful attacks. Once the player beats him, the cutscene will have him lying down and saying, "Mr. X will finish you."
Then it cuts to Mr. X watching it on a monitor of his own and crushing a wine glass in his hand. Thus, the player receives the bad ending.
Shiva reappeared as the Stage 6 boss. After defeating him, it was presumed he was still part of the Syndicate. However, he revealed that he moved on as he started a new life running a Dojo and teaching people martial arts. He also encourages the heroes to proceed after Mr. Y and Ms. Y and even ending their discussion in good terms, thus finally ending the animosity between him and the heroes. His reason for not fighting alongside his boss's children is due to their obsession with mind controlling everyone in the city and reports of animal cruelty from inside the Y's secret labs.
According to his bio, he now runs a dojo and teaches his students and promoting buddhism, unfortunately, most of his disciples left the dojo to join the Y Syndicate.
- Final Crash: Shiva's trademark move, he turns backwards to his enemy in a glimpse of second, followed by a very fast down-headed turn, then projects himself upwards with one leg extended and foot in flames (similarly to the flames in Axel's fist during his Grand Upper move), hitting the target in an uppercut-like motion. In SOR3/BK3, a white shine was added as an special effect to emphasize Shiva's attack power.
- Flaming Circular Kick: Shiva turns and rapidly pulls off a roundhouse-esque kick in an above-head circular motion, with the attacking foot engulfed in flames due to the extreme speed of the kick. Used as Shiva's primary defensive attack.
- Handspring Palm Strike: Only used in the third installment, Shiva handsprings off the ground and enters his downward palm attack, clearing almost the entire screen.
- Rising Kick: Shiva is capable of an incredibly quick jumpkick attack as soon as he flips up off the ground from being knocked down. Used when the player stays too close to a downed Shiva (except in SOR2 and SOR4).
- Shadow Clone: Replacing his trademark Final Crash in SOR4, he conjures 1 or 2 shadowy clones of himself, all performing a palm strike. They cannot be harmed and will dissipate after attacking a certain amount of times.
- He is named after the Hindu god Shiva.
- His special attack is similar to Axel’s.
- His moveset as a playable character is incomplete compared to the heroes of the game due to him being specifically an enemy character. In Streets of Rage Remake it has been significantly improved.
- There is an enemy in the first Streets of Rage game that strongly resembles him, possibly his original version as a lower rank (it may have been the influence for his later design).
- He is the only enemy in the game from the first 3 installments to turn good guy.
- He doesn't perform Final Crash in SOR4, instead being replaced with creating shadow duplicates of him.