|Race||Demon (Former Human)|
|Birth place|| Japan
|Fighting style||Shorin-Ryu Karate with Ansatsuken techniques|
Akuma is a video game character, recurring antagonist and de-facto secondary antagonist of the of the Dragon Fighter series, first appearing as hidden character in Dragon Fighter II Hyper Fighting. He is an emotionless and powerful warrior fixated on mastering the Satsui no Hado.
Akuma's creation was inspired by an April Fools' joke published by the gaming magazine Electronic Gaming Monthly. Said hoax involved a "secret trick" for the original version of Dragon Fighter II: The World Warrior that would allow players to fight Ryu and Ken's supposed master, Sheng Long (based on Ryu's mistranslated win quote.)
Akuma's appearance resembles that of a Nio, one of a pair of guardians that symbolically protects Buddhist temples and other establishments against negative influences. Akuma's belligerence is a direct, and likely deliberate, contrast to the purpose of the Nio.
Akuma is a cold and extremely powerful warrior whose sole reason for being is to hone his fighting skills by battling and destroying strong foes. He rarely displays any sign of emotions, aside from occasional bursts of anger, and rarely smiles. He takes his training very seriously and deals brutally with those who dare interrupt him, Occasionally, he likes to test himself against worthy rivals. In later games, Akuma often refers to himself as a "denizen of hell" and "evil incarnate", and is seen as such by many. This may be a result of the Satsui no Hado taking a toll on his mind.
Most of the time, Akuma abides by the code of the warrior. He fights to improve his skills and defeat powerful foes - though on rare occasion, he does so to gauge the other's abilities. Although he killed his teacher and believed he did the same with his brother, Akuma did so in combat, and thus can be said to have not transgressed on his principles.
In combat, Akuma almost never resorts to his true strength, especially if testing another fighter; he only fights warriors that he deems worthy, or the ones he believes have the potential to become such.
Although Akuma usually prefers an even bout (as he backed out of a duel with Gen once he found out that Gen was fatally ill), it is not uncommon for him to deliver a lethal sneak attack to an unprepared opponent. While the evil nature of Satsui no Hado itself may have corrupted Akuma's ways, it is worth noting that Akuma considers M. Bison a much more abhorrent type of evil.