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.
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.
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.
- 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 himself 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.
- 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.
- 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.