Ryo Sakazaki is the main character in the Art of Fighting series, and one of the main characters in The King of Fighters, SNK belonging to both franchises. His name is commonly written in kana, however, in some games, the Kanji is used to write parts of their name (Ryo Sakazaki). He nicknamed "The Invincible Dragon" won.
In the survey of Gamest's 1997 Heroes Collection, Ryo was put in place two of the favorite characters from the staff. He shared the position with Sie Kensou. In a survey conducted in 2005 by the American division of SNK Playmore, he was voted the fifth favorite character from fans with a total of 1300 votes.