is a fictional character jointly owned by Capcom and Moto Kikaku. Although primarily known as a video game character, Strider Hiryu debuted in 1988 as the protagonist of a self-titled manga published exclusively in Japan by Kadokawa Shoten. He made his first video game appearance in the coin-operated video game Strider, which was followed by the release of an NES video game based on the manga released exclusively in North America during the same year. Since his debut Hiryu has appeared in various video games produced by Capcom.
In most versions of the Strider story, Hiryu is an elite-class member of a group of ninja-like mercenaries known as the "Striders", who specializes in various kinds of wetworks such as espionage, sabotage, and assassinations. His signature weapon is his "Cipher", a plasma-generating blade with a tonfa-like handle.
According to Kouichi Yotsui, the planner the original Strider coin-op game, the Strider Hiryu franchise was conceived as a multimedia collaboration between Capcom and Moto Kikaku (the two companies previously collaborated with each other to work on the video game versions of the manga Tenchi wo Kurau). Moto Kikaku produced the manga version, while Capcom developed two separate video game versions, a coin-operated video game and a console version for the NES. All three works share common plot elements, while featuring their differences as well. Because of Moto Kikaku's involvement in the character's creation, their name appears alongside Capcom's in the copyrights byline of the character.
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