Gender Male
Race Human
Birth date November 22
Birth place India India

Status Alive
Fighting style Esoteric Yoga
Ki power Faith and Fire

Dhalsim, is a video game character of the Dragon Fighter series, first appearing in Dragon Fighter II: The World Warrior. He is a Yoga Master who possesses the ability to stretch his body and conjure fire.



Dhalsim got his name from an Indian restaurant in Osaka near Capcom's office (Dhal is lentils, shim is Hyacinth beans).

During the development of Dragon Fighter II, the early original design for Dhalsim bore a striking resemblance to Ganesha, a Hindu god with four arms and the head of an elephant. A picture of Ganesha can be seen in the background of his Dragon Fighter II stage.

Lead designer of Dragon Fighter II, Akira Nishitani, stated in a interview with Polygon that the concept of Dhalsim's ability to stretch his limbs comes from the Hamon Zoom Punch Technique (from the manga series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure).


Dhalsim is quite stoic, serious, self-disciplined, humble, and also very stern when needed. Being a pacifist, he will never hurt a person more than necessary, or kill an adversary, even the most evil ones such as M. Bison. His pacifistic beliefs also allow him to be a greatly loving father and husband towards his family.

As an extremely altruistic man, Dhalsim fights mostly for the poor and oppressed, as he constantly tries his best to raise money for his poverty-stricken people. Dhalsim is aware that if he uses his power to harm, he may become evil, and frequently questions his decisions to use his powers for fighting. Furthermore, all forms of yoga are meant to aid a personal journey towards enlightenment, and not to harm others. Therefore, Dhalsim is constantly concerned about his fighting style overwhelming his own principles of non-violence.

Character Relationships

  • Sagat: though he disproves of Dhalsim's mercy, Sagat has a strong respect for the yoga master.
  • Retsu: he is a friend of Dhalsim.
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