Ganryu was banned from the sumo ring after he was caught fixing fights in his favor. Blackballed from the only sport that he was capable of fighting in, Ganryu ended up being employed by Heihachi Mishima in Tekken. He fights Yoshimitsu who defeats him and steals his ill-gotten money. Later, he works for Kazuya Mishima in Tekken 2. Entering the second King of Iron Fist Tournament, Ganryu ended up falling in love with Michelle Chang - a love that Michelle was oblivious to, believing Ganryu to be a disgusting, woman-crazed madman. After Michelle defeated him, and the disappearance of Kazuya, Ganryu returned to Japan.
However, his ban from Sumo was lifted, and he became the youngest ever Rikishi. Among the dialogue in Tekken 5, it is stated that Ganryu has never won a championship. After the events of Tekken 2, Ganryu opened a sumo stable and worked as a trainer to other sumo wrestlers. He did this to finally forget about Michelle.

One day, while watching a televised showing of the King of Iron Fist Tournament 4, he spotted Julia Chang as one of the competitors. Remarking how much she looked like his old crush, Michelle, Ganryu decided to enter the fifth tournament, convinced that he would win Julia's heart if he recovered her lost Forest Rejuvenation Data.
During the King of Iron Fist Tournament 5, Ganryu lost his way and accidentally stumbled into the research laboratory of the Mishima Financial Group, and in the laboratory he found the disc containing data for the Reforestation Program. Believing he finally had what was needed in order for Julia to accept his proposal of marriage, he presented the disc. But it was only the disc that she accepted.

Afterwards, Ganryu returned to Hawaii and established a restaurant specializing in Sumo cuisine called Chanko Paradise; however, his restaurant didn't take off as he had hoped. Around that time, it was announced that the King of the Iron Fist Tournament would be held once again, seeing this as an opportunity to promote Chanko Paradise.
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Page Updated:  May 11th, 2024

Don't write him off as "just another Sumo wrestler"... not anymore, at least. Sure he started out as a typical and arguably boring Sumo, but later in the Tekken series, Ganryu evolved into one of the most fleshed out fighting game Sumo in the genre. Of course he has the typical Sumo moves and mannerisms that you'd expect, but if you look through his entire moveset, you'll see he's a much deeper character. He has some very original and hilarious moves, but also some really cool throws and attacks that hit hard.

He's not the most exciting Tekken character visually, but he does bring something to the series... an entertaining personality, for one. Ever since his silly romance with Julia, he's become a funnier and funnier character. Ganryu is good comic relief, but also well-rounded and solid fighter if you give him a chance. I'm also pretty sure he has the "most moves" out of any fighting game sumo wrestler!

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