Shiva is a recurring boss from the Streets of Rage series, appearing as a boss in all games from Streets of Rage 2 onwards. He acts as Mr. X's right hand man in the Syndicate Crime Organization.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Shiva is a muscular and handsome Asian-American man, around the same age of his rival Axel Stone. He has shoulder-length black (or dark-bluish) hair and a somewhat disciplined facial expression. In SOR2 he dresses in a traditional black Koppou-ken attire showing part of his thoracic muscles, pants and black training shoes, along with a thin red headband, sash belt, and fingerless gloves. His BKIII/SOR3 attire is now navy-blue (or forest-green in the game's bad ending) with the shirt entirely open and showing all of his chest/abdominal area, and the fingerless gloves are replaced by simple bracelets of the same color of the attire.

His SOR4 attire is a throwback to his classic SOR2 style, except that his hakama now has a yellow trim, with its right side completely loose and hanging down (showing that side of his bare chest, shoulder and arm), he dons red bracelets instead of fingerless gloves, and the sash belt was replaced with a white shimenawa (praying rope commonly seen attached to bells in Shinto/Buddhist temples, alluding to his newfound faith in Buddha's teachings).

Personality[edit | edit source]

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Story[edit | edit source]

Streets of Rage 2[edit | edit source]

Shiva acts as the penultimate boss in Streets of Rage 2, where he must be beaten before the player is allowed to face Mr. X.

Streets of Rage 3[edit | edit source]

Shiva reappeared as the first boss in Streets of Rage 3. He is also a secret playable character who can be unlocked immediately after his defeat by holding down the B button. As an evil character who will never cooperate with Blaze or Axel, his existence as a playable character will never be officially considered canon.

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." The game then cuts to Mr. X watching it on a monitor of his own and crushing a wine glass in his hand—signaling the game's bad ending.

Streets of Rage 4[edit | edit source]

Shiva reappears in Streets of Rage 4 as the Stage 6 boss. While initially presumed still part of the Syndicate, after his defeat he reveals that he has started a new life teaching people martial arts from his new dojo. He encourages the heroes to pursue Mr. Y and Ms. Y, ending their discussion on good terms and thus finally ending their rivalry.

His bio states that many of his new students has left his dojo to join the Syndicate, and even suggests that "reports of animal cruelty at Y's secret labs" now drive him to directly oppose his former organization.

Attacks[edit | edit source]

  • Final Crash: Shiva's trademark move, he turns his back at his enemy for a fraction of a second, followed by a quick ducking twist, then projects an extended leg upwards with its foot in flames (much like the flaming fist of Axel's Grand Upper), hitting the target with an uppercut-like kick. In SOR3/BK3, a white shine was added as an special effect to emphasize Shiva's attack power.
  • Flaming Circular Kick: Shiva's primary defense and counterattack, he turns to rapidly whip out a spinning overhead back kick in a circular motion, with the attacking foot engulfed in flames due to the kick's extreme speed. In SOR4 he use this move also as secondary offensive attack, usually up to twice consecutive.
  • Quick Palm Strike: Shiva's primary attack in SOR4. He quickly moves to the opponent and hit him with a palm strike. 
  • Shadow Step: Shiva moves almost instantly to the opposite side of the screen make him almost impossible to be catched for a while. Used in SOR4.
  • Handspring Palm Strike: Only used in the third installment, Shiva handsprings off the ground and enters his downward palm attack, clearing across almost the entire screen.
  • Rising Kick: Shiva can recover from flat on his back to an incredibly quick jumpkick attack almost instantly after being knocked down. Used to surprise players who get 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. Shiva starts using clones after powering up.

In addition to these attacks, he can perform standard combos, usually consisting in a barrage of quick jabs or palm strikes followed by a knocking down rising or circular kick.

Sprites[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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.
  • Bizarrely, his Final Crash technique is called Ninja Attack in the US/EU version of Streets of Rage 3.
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