Street Fighter's Dragon Punch - or Shoryuken - is one of the most iconic moves in fighting game history. A rising uppercut which propels your opponent into the air, it's handy for dealing with mid-air attacks and knocking your rival off-balance, and in the right hands, is a deadly weapon which can turn the tide of battle if used correctly.
It would also decapitate your opponent if real-world physics were applied to the fantasy world of Street Fighter. Yep, the head would be totally removed from the body and fly skywards at an alarming rate.
How do we know this? YouTube channel Vsauce has put together this excellent and informative video detailing the exact science behind the Dragon Punch, and even going as far as to demonstrate the force used by setting up a dummy at the end and knocking its head off - twice.
I thought that was pretty obvious...
Video games are usually more fun if they ignore the laws of physics and make their own rules.
I doubt there'd be anything "clean" about it!
Well yeah, it didn't scar Sagat's chest for nothing.
Well duh. It doesn't take rocket science to figure that out.
I didn't see that head flying 187 feet into the air after the punch.
I want to see real life physics applied to a Falcon punch.
There are like three YouTube channels with this now. I feel like they are copying each other
@Whopper744 I think the Youtube channel Gnoggin did that one. I think they said that your head would explode or something.
@Whopper744 That'd be too dangerous to replicate
Was very disappointed to not see heads fly in the video
@DiscoGentleman Shoryken would translate to flying dragon punch so it is not really that strange a name.
Was this the big announcement Nintendo was giving?
Just sounds like a load of BS to me but still kinda cool I suppose.
Considering that in SF Lore, Ryu practices a variation of Ansatsuken designed not to draw on killing ki and when Ryu first tapped into the Satsu no Hado(i refuse to say Dark Hado on principle of being a bad translation), he gave Sagat his scar with an imitation Metsu Shoryuken that missed, none of this surprising.
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