Gouken is most often depicted as an elderly man with a white beard and prayer beads around his neck. In his most recent Street Fighter IV appearance, Gouken wears a single sleeved, Navy Blue colored karate gi and sports a long, white braid of hair adorned with a single prayer bead.
Gouken plays an integral role in the series' backstory, and was first depicted as a picture in Gouki's ending in Street Fighter Zero. Gouken's first actual appearance as a character was in Street Fighter IV, as a boss character. He is an unlockable character in the home console version of the game. He bears a strong resemblance to a character in one of the series rival games, Tekken's Jinpachi Mishima.
- Gou Hadouken (剛波動拳)
- Denjin Hadouken (電刃波動拳)
- Kinjite Shouryuuken (禁じ手・昇龍拳)
- Shin Shouryuuken (真・昇龍拳)
- Tatsumaki Gou Rasen (竜巻剛螺旋)
- Kuuchuu Tatsumaki Senpuukyaku (空中竜巻旋風脚)
- Senkugoushoha (閃空剛衝波)