Thanks to its popularity, the ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' series received an [[TheAnimeOfTheGame anime film adaptation]] in 1994: '''''Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie'''''.

The international criminal organization Shadowlaw secretly records fights of the world's greatest martial artists with their human-like Monitor Cyborgs. These recordings help Shadowlaw's leader, M. Bison, determine which fighters Shadowlaw will abduct and convert into brainwashed slaves. One fighter in particular, Ryu, catches Bison's interest after the despot watches a fight between Ryu and Shadowlaw operative[=/=]former fighting champion Sagat.

Shadowlaw's innumerable criminal activities capture the attention of Interpol, which sends lead investigator Chun-Li to team up with U.S. Air Force Captain William F. Guile. Guile is initially reluctant of the partnership until he discovers that Bison had killed someone close to them (Chun-Li's father and his Air Force partner). This revelation gives them common ground to work together. The duo soon learn about Shadowlaw's Monitor Cyborgs and eventually land on the trail of Ryu.

Ken Masters, Ryu's friend[=/=]former training partner[=/=]rival, spends the off-time between fighting tournaments with his girlfriend Eliza, but finds himself unsatisfied. He awaits the day when he and Ryu can settle their "unfinished business" with another fight. Ryu himself travels throughout Asia in search of fights as well, focused on honing and perfecting his skills with each successive challenge. Once Bison discovers Ken and Ryu's shared history, things go from bad to worse. Ryu is blissfully unaware that he represents the key to either Shadowlaw's destruction or complete dominance...

As opposed to [[Film/StreetFighter other movies]] [[Film/StreetFighterTheLegendOfChunLi based off of]] ''Street Fighter'', ''Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie'' stays as faithful as possible to the original game (and its various [[UpdatedRerelease iterations]] of its day). Any changes made to the storyline still do their best to represent the spirit of the series. Soon after the release of this film, Creator/{{Capcom}} made a [[RecursiveAdaptation video game]] that follows the events of an upgraded Monitor Cyborg recording various Street Fighter battles. Several fight scenes and new ideas introduced in this film (the fight between Ryu and Sagat at the beginning of the film, Ken's longer hair during his training days with Ryu, how Ryu got his red headband, and a two-on-one battle with Ken and Ryu fighting Bison) [[RetCanon eventually became part of]] the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha'' series. Because of its adherence to the canon and the spirit of the games, ''Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie'' remains a huge fan favorite to this day.

The film's original American release in 1995 came with a healthy dose of censorship attached -- cuts to the infamous Chun-Li shower scene accompanied toned-down blood and swearing. Manga Entertainment rectified this in 2006 with a dual-sided DVD that contained a (virtually) uncensored version of the English dub and a (completely) uncensored version of the original Japanese version of the film. In 2008, Netflix began streaming a fully uncut version of the film's English dub with either the English or Japanese soundtrack backing the dub.


!! ''Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie'' contains examples of the following tropes:

* ActionGirl: Chun-Li and Cammy White.
* AdvertisedExtra[=/=]BillingDisplacement: Almost every piece of merchandise and promotional material released in Japan featured Cammy. She even received top billing on the [[http://eiga-chirashi.jp/view_item.php?titleid=3568 Japanese flyer]] (as seen above) -- despite her screen time totaling [[OneSceneWonder less than five minutes]]. Even Ken's girlfriend Eliza (a non-playable character in the series) has a bigger presence in the movie.
* TheAnimeOfTheGame: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin It's right there, in the title.]]
* AnimeThemeSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uChauOW6CDI "Itoshisa to Setsunasa to Kokoro Tsuyosa to"]] plays during [[spoiler:Ryu and Ken's fight with Bison]]. ''Street Fighter Zero'', the Japanese version of the ''Street Fighter Alpha'', features an instrumental version of the song for its Dramatic Battle mode.
* ArcWords: "What do you see beyond your fist?" It's a question Ryu and Ken were asked by their late master. During the final battle with Bison, Ken has a moment of clarity and realizes the answer: [[spoiler: "My fate."]]
* BattleInTheRain: This happens in the movie's famous opening fight between Ryu and Sagat.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted. Chun-Li beats the living daylights out of Vega, but ends up severely wounded in the process and is immediately rushed to the hospital.
* BolivianArmyEnding: [[spoiler: The movie ends with Bison appearing out of nowhere, driving a truck. Ryu then jumps toward the truck and is about to attack it when the credits roll.]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Bison amplifies Ken's normally healthy competitiveness with Ryu to the point of hostility or even hatred.
* TheCameo: Akuma has a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo in Calcutta.
* CanonImmigrant: Dr. Senoh, the old scientist who works for Shadowlaw, makes a cameo appearance in Bison's ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha Street Fighter Alpha 2]]'' ending.
* ClimbSlipHangClimb: Ryu gets a scene like this, near the end of the movie.
* CurbStompBattle: Guile gets his ass firmly handed to him by Bison and couldn't even land a punch, due to Bison's TeleportSpam. Even his Sonic Boom was useless, which made it a HopelessBossFight.
* DemotedToExtra: Blanka, Cammy, Dee Jay, Sagat, T. Hawk, and Zangief all receive this treatment.
* DramaticThunder: Invoked in the opening scene, which recounts the fateful battle between Ryu and Sagat.
* EffeminateMisogynisticGuy: [[SissyVillain Vega.]] In fact, his characterization here, as well as his earlier game appearances, was the reason gamers believed that Vega was gay until Capcom set the record straight years later.
** In the movie, [[HomoeroticSubtext he seemingly becomes jealous]] when he notices Bison [[MaleGaze staring at Chun-Li's breasts]], while watching a video feed of her and Guile. Bison notices his reaction and gives him the order to eliminate her, which Vega gladly accepts. During the fight, he takes his time torturing her until she fights back and [[BerserkButton and steps on his face.]] At this point, Vega loses his sh*t [[ItsPersonal and drops all pretense of toying with her.]]
* EvilGenius: Bison's head scientist clearly enjoys his job.
* FightingYourFriend: Moments before the battle with [[BigBad Bison]], Ryu is forced to face his best friend, [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Ken, who'd been enslaved]] by Bison's Psycho Power. Rather than fight back against his attacks, [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight Ryu tries getting through to him]], by reminding Ken of who he was and their friendship. He takes a beating, but [[Heartwarming/StreetFighterIITheAnimatedMovie ultimately succeeds without throwing a single punch.]]
* FootFocus: The audience gets treated to multiple close-ups of Chun-Li's bare feet, between her ShowerScene and her fight with Vega.
** [[FeetFirstIntroduction They're the first thing you see]] at the start of said shower scene, again when she finally steps out of the shower, another when she slumps against the couch after Vega kicks her, again when she steps on his chest (then his face), another when he places his feet against hers and pushes her back toward the rafters, [[SecondPersonAttack the entire time]] [[SpamAttack she's kicking the crap out of him]] against the wall, and finally we get a gratuitous close-up of both soles as she kicks/shoves him straight through it and out of her apartment.
* FreezeFrameBonus: The Monitor Cyborgs analyzing the fighters. Pause and you can see lots of stats.
** Also when Chun-Li is presenting her briefing to Interpol about some of the characters, pause and you can see their profiles behind her. They are identical to Capcom's profiles of them. In the English version, while both Balrog and Vega's profiles are listed under their English names, their Japanese names can be seen in the comments section.
** Also, if you pause at just the right time during the montage scene in Calcutta, you'll spot [[spoiler: Akuma]] meditating against a wall.
* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler:The film ends with Bison trying to run down Ryu in a semi-truck]].
* HeroicBuild: You can count the number of guys who ''don't'' have super-muscular builds on one hand. Sagat and Bison notably take this to almost TopHeavyGuy proportions.
* IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight: Ryu's fight with a brainwashed Ken.
* ImprovisedWeapon: During her fight with Vega, Chun-Li tries to defend herself from his claw by using the lamp post in her apartment, which he cuts in half. But when he cuts her cheek and makes a show of LickingTheBlade, she retaliates by throwing her couch at him.
* KickChick: Chun-Li.
* LoweredMonsterDifficulty: After mopping the floor with Guile thanks to his Psycho Power, Bison decides to fight Ryu and Ken without it. [[spoiler:He loses.]]
* LickingTheBlade: Done by Vega, [[IShallTauntYou to taunt Chun-Li]] after cutting her cheek. [[InsultBackfire He winds up regretting it]] a moment later. See the ATasteOfTheirOwnMedicine entry.
* MarketBasedTitle: The film, known in Japan as ''Street Fighter II Movie'', was retitled ''Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie'' for its overseas release to avoid confusion with the live action film.
* MeditationPowerup: Ken regains his strength and center after Bison nearly kills him through meditation.
* MindRape: Bison uses a combination of technology and his Psycho Power to invade Ken's mind and brainwash him. Ken screams his head off the the whole time.
* MindControlEyes: Ken's eyes become small and beady while being brainwashed.
* MoodWhiplash: Near the end of the movie, Guile returns to the hospital to discover that [[spoiler:Chun-Li died from her injuries that she got in her fight with Vega. This turns out to be a rather messed-up prank that she plays on him, but [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming everything worked out in the end.]]]]
* MythologyGag: An unintentional one on the part of the animators, but in the comments section of different Website/YouTube videos of fight between Ryu and Sagat, fans have snarked that Sagat was a noob for using an unsafe jump in and not expecting Ryu's Shoryuken on wakeup.
* NeckSnap: Cammy does this to the British Minister of Justice, Albert Sellers.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Semi-subverted, during Ryu's match with [[BruceLeeClone Fel Long.]] Ryu defeats him in short order; leaving him with a broken arm and dislocated shoulder.
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:After being thrown off a mountain by Ryu and Ken, Bison looks like he was done for. But at the very end of the movie, he turns out to be just fine and tries to run over Ryu in a truck.]]
* NotWorthKilling: Bison invokes this after humiliating Guile. Just as it seems he's about to finish him off, Bison stifles a laugh and decides Guile isn't worth the effort.
* [[PerfectlyCromulentWord Perfectly Cromulent Pronunciation]]: Oh, Sagat? The "moo tie" champ?[[note]]They probably meant to say "Muay Thai."[[/note]]
* PowerLevel: Ryu's potential fighting capacity is 3620, martial arts masters are said to average at 2000.
* RealityEnsues: Chun-Li does manage to defeat Vega when he attacks her, but not before he injures her more than a bit. And consider he's using a razor-sharp claw, it's no surprise she spends the rest of the movie sidelined.
* RetCanon: This movie influenced numerous aspects of the ''Street Fighter Alpha'' series.
* TheRival: The movie plays up this aspect of Ken's character, by having him repeatedly reminisce about his sparring days with Ryu and [[ThePromise their promise]] to settle their rivalry once and for all, in a match to determine which of them is the superior fighter.
* SecondPersonAttack: The film includes a lengthy example of this at the end of Chun-Li's fight with Vega, where she kicks the ever living sh*t out of him with her [[SpamAttack Lightning Kick.]] And ends it by putting him through the wall with both feet!
* SeriesContinuityError: One of Bison's monitors lists the name of Ryu and Ken's sensei as "Goutetsu"; while the film's producers intended to use "Goutetsu" as the name for Ryu and Ken's sensei, nobody spoke his name. After Gouken (a CanonImmigrant from a ''Street Fighter II'' manga) became Ryu and Ken's sensei, Capcom used Goutetsu as the name of Gouken and Akuma's sensei.
* ShoutOut: The President of the United States is named after Edward Pressman, a veteran film producer whose credits include the live action film.
* ShowerScene: [[{{Fanservice}} Chun-Li gets one]]; it changes to a ShowerOfAwkward thanks to Vega.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The movie refers to Bison's organization as "Shadowlaw" instead of "Shadaloo", even on printed documents. Capcom used the "Shadowlaw" spelling in the manuals for the home versions at the time before making "Shadaloo" the standard spelling.
* StatOVision: The Monitor Cyborgs have this ability.
* StoryBreakerPower: Bison's Psycho Power is so utterly powerful, that the heroes can't even scratch him. Guile gets curbstomped, and all Ryu manages to do on his own is [[ClothingDamage singe Bison's cape]]. It's only once he stops using it out of frustration that Ryu and Ken are able to defeat him.
* SupernaturalMartialArts: It's practically what the movie's about, considering [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII the video game]] it's based on. [[HurricaneKick Gravity defying spinning kicks]], [[{{Shoryuken}} dragon punches]], [[KameHameHadoken ki blasts]] and elemental powers are all accounted for. It's as faithful an adaptation as it's ever likely to get.
* ATasteOfTheirOwnMedicine: Chun-Li didn't appreciate [[LickingTheBlade the stunt Vega pulled]], so she paid him back by returning the favor four times over: first by hitting him in the face with her couch, followed by repeatedly hitting him in the face with her [[HurricaneKick Spinning Bird Kick]], then pushing him back down on the floor, by stepping on his chest when tried to get up, and finally planting her barefoot on his cheek and doing a full pirouette (see [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggPU8L_4E1o at 5:07-6:03 here).]]
* TitleTheAdaptation
* [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness They Have Served Their Purpose]][=/=][[YouHaveFailedMe They Have Failed Me]]: Just before departing for Cambodia, Bison orders Sagat to eliminate Cammy and Vega, since he no longer had a need for the former, while the latter failed to carry out his assignment to kill Chun-Li.
* ToThePain: Vega does this to Chun-Li -- and pays dearly for it.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler:The film never shows Sagat again after Bison gives him the order to dispose of Cammy and Vega.]]