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Dictionary Definition

gen n : informal term for information; "give me the gen on your new line of computers"

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  1. information
  2. In the context of "fandom": Fanfiction that does not specifically focus on romance.

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  1. In the context of "obsolescent": in the direction of



  1. diminishing


Pinyin syllable

  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of four tones, gēn, gén, gěn, or gèn.

Usage notes

English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Old English


  • /je:n/



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Extensive Definition

For the Dead or Alive character, see Gen Fu. is a character in the Street Fighter series of fighting games. One of the original 'street fighters', he returned for two games in the Street Fighter Alpha series. His restaurant is also one of the stages in Super Gem Fighter: Mini Mix (Pocket Fighter in Japan).


Gen was a master assassin and friend of Chun-Li's father; he briefly trained her in her youth. However, he was forced to kill another assassin in front of the young girl, and blamed himself for what he saw as the violent path her life had taken since then. He swore never to assassinate again, and instead settled down in Hong Kong, opening his Genhanten restaurant and continuing to perfect his fighting skills, using them on Shadaloo punks whenever possible. Gen's Ansatsuken incorporated various Kung fu styles, such as Mantis, Crane, Bear, and Tiger. He has refined his strikes to target an adversary's vital parts to deliver quick, deadly blows. Gen entered the first World Warrior tournament alongside his friend Lee, hoping to find a worthy opponent. Dissatisfied, he returned to Hong Kong. Gen then took on the responsibility of raising Lee's nephews, Yang and Yun Lee, and trained them in martial arts.
Sometime during the tournament Gen discovered he had developed leukemia and had to withdraw from the tournament. Not wanting to die on a death bed he started to search for fighters to give him a "deathmatch." The only opponent Gen had ever considered to be truly worthy of one was Akuma. When the two fought, however, Gen withstood Akuma's most brutal technique, the Shun Goku Satsu, by emptying his own heart and mind. He then struck back with his Zan'ei shadow fist attack, but Akuma was also unaffected (when Gen encounters Akuma during Street Fighter Alpha 3, the match begins with a reenactment of this battle). After a grueling match Akuma was in position to deliver a fatal blow but he left after discovering Gen had leukemia. Disappointed that he did not get his deathmatch, Gen went on a search to find Akuma. Once Gen tracked Akuma down they battled once more, the results of which are unclear, but either he died fighting Akuma or died after the fight.


Gen is the only Street Fighter character that can change fighting styles in mid fight. This gives him access to two different movesets, and knowing which is best to use in any given situation or match up is key to using the character effectively. The Mantis Style focuses more on quick jabs and low-level, repeated damage, while his Crane style is slower but with more damaging, longer-ranged attacks. Overall, Gen excels at comboing moves together and executing 'air juggles' - moves that link together to keep the opponent off the ground.

In other media

In the upcoming Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li film, Gen will be played by Robin Shou. Rick Yune was originally cast in the role.


External links

gen in Spanish: Gen (Street Fighter)
gen in Japanese: 元 (ストリートファイター)
gen in Portuguese: Gen (Street Fighter)


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