Ryu

Game: Street Fighter
Genre: Fighting
Year: 1987
Biters: Ryo Sakazaki (Art of Fighting), Yuri Sakazaki (Art of Fighting 2), Kim Kaphwan (Fatal Fury), Akira Yuki (Virtua Fighter), Makoto (Street Fighter 3: Third Strike)

Complex Says:  Fighting games existed before Ryu, but the success of Street Fighter and Street Fighter II changed fighting games for good. Many developers tried to find their own fighting game cash cows and have failed miserably (like Kasumi Ninja and Fighters Destiny). Those fighting game heroes would tend to dress like Ryu. Prime example is Ryo Sakazaki from Art of Fighting. Special moves aside, Ryo was a blend of Ryu and Ken with his tattered karate gi. Of course, Ryu was the first to rip his sleeves, fight barefoot, don the all-white gi, and wear a red headband.