|“||They killed my father right in front of me. I will have my revenge! I need to do this ... for my father.||„|
|~ Ryo telling Fuku-san what he must do.|
Ryo Hazuki (芭月涼) is the main protagonist of the Shenmue video game series by Sega. He is a 18-year old Japanese teenager who lives in Yokosuka, Japan. His mother died of an illness when he was only three years old. His father, Iwao Hazuki was murdered by Lan Di, a leader of a criminal organization called the Chi You Men and the dragon mirror was stolen on his 18th birthday. Ryo swears to avenge his father's death and will take any risk to do so, even if it involves himself getting into trouble.
Ryo is voiced by Masaya Matsukaze in Japanese and Corey Marshall in English.
Training in the Hazuki Style of Jujutsu when he was very young enabled Ryo to grow very strong, both physically and mentally. Although he harbors a strong love and devotion to the martial arts, he has not expressed much interest in succeeding his father as master of the Hazuki Dojo. He is well behaved and knows how to handle himself in a fight. Consequently, he's well known in the neighborhood of Yokosuka. Rather stubborn and competitive to a fault, he tends to act impulsively rather than think through a situation logically. A good example of this is the fact that despite knowing how Nozomi Harasaki feels about him, he hides his feelings and acts indifferently towards her.
His primary love interest is Nozomi Harasaki. She is in love with Ryo and confesses; however Ryo is too shy to confess because of an incident during his childhood where he was made fun of for liking a girl and he does not want them involved in his problems caused by his reckless actions when searching for clues about Lan Di.
Ryo is willing to help others when they are in trouble and do the right thing. He has a very stoic personality, which he is supposed to start out with, but as the series progresses, his personality and character are supposed to grow. In a interview, it was also revealed that Ryo will eventually let go of his desire to get revenge.
- Ryo bears a strong resemblance to Akira Yuki from the Virtua Fighter franchise, another Sega series created by the creator of Shenmue, Yu Suzuki. This is because Shenmue was originally going to be a Virtua Fighter RPG game and Akira would have been the main protagonist. The protagonist of the Yakuza series by Sega, Kazuma Kiryu also resembles Ryo and Akira.
- During a Twitter event called #YouAskYu, the series creator Yu Suzuki revealed how Ryo got the bandage on his cheek. It was for a scar he got from the final match of a martial arts event at his high school. Ryo was a member of the karate club at his high school and his instructor was named Nonaka-san. He dropped out of high school to avenge his father.
- Ryo, being Japanese goes to China and strangley can communicate with everyone in Chinese. In the first game, Ryo cannot read Chinese and needs assistance. When Yu Suzuki was asked about this plot hole he said "Let's not go there..." and in a video interview he said "Because it's a game."
- Ryo's height is 176 cm (5'9").
- Ryo's weight is 65 kg (143 lbs).
- Ryo's zodiac sign is Sagittarius.
- Ryo has a O blood type.
- Ryo is a playable character in the football game ESPN NFL Football along with other Sega characters like Beat from Jet Grind Radio and Kage-Maru from Virtua Fighter.
- Ryo is playable in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing and the vehicle he uses is his friend Naoyuki's motorcycle that he borrowed to save Nozomi from the Mad Angels in the first Shenmue. In his all-star move, he uses the forklift he used at his job at the harbor in the first game. Ryo using the forklift as his vehicle instead of the motorcycle is DLC (Downloadable Content) that can be purchased.
- In Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing Transformed, Ryo did not return. However, Sumo Digital made petitions for people to vote for which Sega characters they'd like to be future DLC. Ryo had the most votes and he was later playable as DLC exclusively for the PC version of the game. His vehicle is the Out-run arcade cabinet, which is a Sega game also created by Yu Suzuki.