Characters: Street Fighter Alpha

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    Charlie Nash - USA 
"Stand in my way...and you will die."

Guile's dead combat buddy as mentioned in his Street Fighter II ending. He was sent to investigate Shadaloo due to causing corruption in the military, as well as involvement in global drug trading. In Alpha 3, he tracks M.Bison to his base and defeats him. Charlie later encounters Guile inside the base, and shortly thereafter the two pursue Bison, with him fleeing to the Psycho Drive room to recharge his power. When both were ambushed by Bison upon entering said chamber, Charlie held Bison back as the base was exploding, pulling a Heroic Sacrifice while Guile escaped.

It was strongly suggested that Charlie was still alive, as there was no trace of any bodies at the site where he presumably died. In addition, it was revealed that he was the one who rescued Abel from the Shadaloo base where he was being held. And now, after over a decade and a half, Charlie returns as a playable character in Street Fighter V bearing a stitched-up body a la Frankenstein's Monster.

  • The Ace: Qualifies on all accounts, being the man who taught Guile everything he knew and whose memory inspires him throughout the events of II and IV. While it's unknown how they measure up in the present, Charlie was explicitly mentioned to be Guile's better when it came to fighting, as seen with his one-handed and leg-fired Sonic Booms and backwards Somersault Shells; this was even reflected in gameplay come Alpha 3, where Guile's specials were weaker and less effective than Charlie's.
  • Anime Hair: If it wasn't for that one exaggerated forelock...
  • Badass: One of the strongest characters in the series, to the point that Bison himself actually compliments him on his strength and skill.
    • Badass Bookworm: One of Charlie's winposes has him pull a book out from his vest and start reading.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Charlie was Guile's closest friend and taught him literally everything about fighting that he knows. To this day, Guile still cherishes his memory.
  • Blow You Away: Charlie's ki and associated attacks are mentioned to be wind based.
  • Calling Your Attacks: "Sonic Boom!" "Summasault!" "Sonic Break!" "Somersault...JUSTICE!"
    • Carried over to Street Fighter V, albeit toned down. He still shouts "SONIC!" while performing a Sonic Boom.
  • Came Back Wrong: His gameplay trailer for V reveals that the strange green jewel embedded into his forehead was surgically attached, and there are several more stitches adorning his body. These stitches are shown to be attached to darker-colored skin across his arms and even the right side of his face, which could mean that said skin may either be burned, or not his own. To top it all off, his personality is significantly darker. This is definitely not the Charlie we remember from Alpha.
    • Came Back Strong: His moveset, however, has undergone a significant revamp, utilizing teleports and a strange, dark green shadow mist for his Super.
  • Career-Ending Injury: At the end of Alpha 3. But it appears that somebody had some... interesting ideas about fixing him.
  • Cavalry Betrayal: His Alpha 2 ending, in which a U.S. fighter jet that Charlie previously called for backup shoots him off a cliff, after which it is revealed that Bison bribed the men in command of the squadron mission.
  • Continuity Nod: Although generally serious, in Street Fighter Alpha 3, Charlie gained a winquote: "I'm sorry. Are you mad at me? Did I 'tick' you off?" He's referring to "tick throws", a strategy of utilizing throws common to Guile that frustrated opponents to no end in II.
    • Charlie's new super in Street Fighter V bears resemblance to Shadow's Final Mission super, even down to the sinister gleam.
  • Death Glare: Gives his opponent a menacing one right before unleashing Judgement Sabre.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In the Alpha series. Surprisingly carried over to Street Fighter V, although turned down like most of his endearing traits. He can be heard muttering "Too easy..." after performing his Critical Art.
  • Doomed by Canon: Since Guile needs his best buddy to stay dead in order to have the motivation to tear out Bison's spinal cord and jam it up his ass, Charlie must die in every ending to keep the universe from going out of whack. This was almost averted in Alpha 3, where Charlie actually survived, but Guile's inclusion in the home ports rectified this "oversight."
  • Dub Name Change: Nash in Japan, Charlie everywhere else. note  Averted in Street Fighter V, in which he is referred to as "Nash" in promotional media across all countries, possibly to bring attention to the fact that he is not the Charlie we saw in Alpha.
  • Eagleland: Heavily Type I, though fortunately not in an irritatingly stereotypical way. He's basically Guile turned up a notch.
  • Enemy Rising Behind: His Judgement Sabre Critical Art in Street Fighter V. Charlie teleports towards his opponent who becomes surrounded by a black mist. While the opponent searches for him, Charlie rises up behind them, a sinister gleam flashes across his glasses, and then he slams a vertical Sonic Hurricane into the opponent's head.
  • Facepalm Of Doom: The Tragedy Assault, in which Charlie performs a flying leap and slams his opponent into the ground by their face before infusing them with Ki and tossing them away.
  • Facial Horror: His new design features a good third of his face composed of ashen grey skin held together by massive staples, plus a gem embedded in his forehead.
  • Fingerless Gloves: In Cannon Spike and in the cancelled Capcom Fighting All-Stars.
  • Flash Step: His Sonic Move V-Trigger allows him to teleport above, behind, or infront of his opponent.
  • Foregone Conclusion: He dies in all of his endings, including X-Men vs. Street Fighter. The only exception is Street Fighter Alpha 3, although they "fixed" this "oversight" by having him die again in Guile's ending for the console versions.
  • Frankenstein's Monster: His appearance in Street Fighter V evokes this, with stitched-together flesh on his face, forearm and torso made more obvious because said flesh is a different, darker colour.
  • Genius Bruiser: Charlie is a college graduate with a master's degree in biology. Some of his concept art and winposes feature him reading.
  • The Glasses Come Off: His fight intro in the Alpha series. Capcom Fighting All-Stars would have averted this, however.
    • Averted in Street Fighter V.
  • Glasses Do Nothing
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: He may be back in V, but it's clear that the process used to revive him has left him a mismatched horror, complemented with a shift to a far darker personality and by further association, move-set.
  • Gratuitous English: His japanese Voice Actor in Street Fighter V still calls out most of his attacks in english, including the Sonic Boom and Sonic Scythe. Additionally, he can be heard muttering "Too easy!" in english after performing Judgement Sabre.
  • Ground Pound: A variant in the Tragedy Assault.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: A rare vertical example. The Psycho Drive exploding seems to have either horribly burned, outright destroyed, or exploded the right side of Charlie's body. This missing/damaged part, aside from an intact bicep, has been replaced by grafted and stapled-together grey flesh.
    • His Judgement Sabre Critical Art, which has him slamming a vertical Sonic Hurricane into and through his opponent's head.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Guile's Alpha 3 ending has him staying behind to kill a freshly regenerated Bison and destroy the Psycho Drive. This ending is believed to be canon, with the added twist that Bison, rather than retreating to the Psycho Drive was regenerated by it after being defeated by Ryu, Sagat, Sakura, and Ken.
  • He's Back: If the Street Fighter V Capcom Cup 2014 trailer has anything to say about it. Might even be coming back with a Red Right Hand if there's something more to that glowing mark on his forehead.
    • Confirmed as of this trailer. But he's not back for the better.
  • I'll Kill You!: His intro in V has him threatening to kill his opponent if they stand in his way and his winquote against Bison has him declaring he came back to kill him. Both are signs that Charlie is Not Himself.
  • Informed Ability: The Sonic Boom (specifically, his variant) was given its name because it's supposed to be able to create a sonic boom, which would result in one Game Breaker of a special move. In gameplay, it's no faster than any of the other projectiles.
  • Justice Will Prevail: "Until every sin and atrocity is punished by justice, my duty will not be complete!"
  • Ki Attacks: Both the Sonic Boom and the Super equivalent, Sonic Break. His Flash Kicks also utilize Ki focused into his legs.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Served as one to Guile. After his faked death, Guile turns extremely bitter and introverted.
  • Meaningful Name: Not himself, but his Alpha 3 theme is named "Decisive Bout", and also happens to refer to his fight against Final Bison, one of the most significant fights in the series. It finishes with Bison's strongest body destroyed, the Psycho Drive in ruins, and Shadaloo temporarily crippled. It also leads to the formation of S.I.N and Abel being rescued from Shadaloo. Unfortunately, it ends with Charlie missing, and, as Street Fighter V shows, mortally wounded and mutilated.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: His end comes before he even has a chance to finish teaching Guile.
  • Never Found the Body: Very popular assumption regarding his "death."
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Despite being American, he has a Japanese accent, because the games didn't have English VAs until the late '90s.
  • Not Himself: Gone is the cool, snarky, level-headed partner and mentor to Guile from the Alpha series. In V, Charlie's behavior is much more serious and menacing, coldly announcing to his opponent that he will kill them if necessary.
  • Not So Different: His newfound brutality, coldness, and vengeful nature make him resemble Bison himself all too closely.
  • Not Quite Dead: This seems to be Capcom's explanation of just what happened when the Psycho Drive exploded while Charlie held Bison back. He likely stayed low for fear of Bison's retaliation and to have a chance to recover.
  • The Obi-Wan: Charlie taught Guile his signature moves.
    • Obi-Wan Moment: Holding off Bison at the end of Alpha 3 to ensure that Bison wouldn't escape the explosion.
  • Patriotic Fervor: "You've got talent. Uncle Sam could use you."
  • Perpetual Frowner: As of SFV. It comes along with his new Darker and Edgier attitude.
  • Power Trio: Formerly composed of him, Chun-Li, and Guile.
  • Professional Killer: His Street Fighter V stat card lists "Assassination" among his hobbies, although it may be less that he kills for others and more that he kills for himself.
  • Put on a Bus: Despite Capcom denying his death post Alpha 3, his only confirmed activity is rescuing Abel from Shadaloo.
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: The glasses are just for show; Charlie actually has perfect eyesight.
  • Revenge: Carving a path of vengeance through those who wronged him is, so far, Charlie's sole stated purpose in Street Fighter V. And Bison is on the top of his hit list.
    Charlie: I came back to kill you! Nothing more. Nothing less.
  • The Rival: M. Bison. as well as a friendly rivalry with Guile.
  • Sacrificial Lion: His death is usually used to portray just how much control Shadaloo really has behind the scenes (in the case of Alpha 2), how resilient Bison is (Alpha 1), or to show that even when Bison loses, at most it is a Pyrrhic Victory for the heroes (Alpha 3).
  • Same Character, but Different: In Street Fighter V. Well...different might be understating it a bit.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: While destroying the Psycho Drive was certainly an admirable way to go, it only temporarily throws a wrench in Bison's plans. By the time of Street Fighter 4, Bison has a body almost as strong as his Alpha incarnation and the resources to begin reconstructing the Psycho Drive, making Charlie's Obi-Wan Moment almost meaningless.
  • Ship Tease: With Chun-Li. They even posed as husband and wife for a joint police-military operation! Unfortunately its gone out the window by Street Fighter V; Charlie is openly hostile to Chun-Li and shows no warm feelings for her in his win quote.
  • Shown Their Work: Charlie seems to have retained most of his old normals from the Alpha days, and his Sonic Booms and Flash Kicks are still performed with one leg and arm respectively. Even his intro in V is a very subtle reference to his forward dash from Alpha 3. Furthermore, the startup of his Critical Art resembles one of Shadow's supers.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: To M. Bison in Alpha 3.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: "Be all that you can be, scumbag!"
  • Specs of Awesome: An odd subversion: while Charlie fights without his glasses and, in fact, doesn't even need to wear them, the specs remain an emblematic part of his look, to the point that they're a defining element in most of his official artwork. His endings, Cannon Spike, and Capcom Fighting All-Stars, however, play the trope straight by keeping the glasses on.
    • The only thing you see of him in the teaser provided by the Capcom Cup 2014 Street Fighter V trailer is his glasses and a close up of his eye and the glowing mark on his forehead.
  • Start My Own: Charlie, dissatisfied with his USMAC and Special Forces training, modified them into his unnamed martial art which he later taught to Guile.
  • Stealth Expert: His SFV stat card lists "Stealth" as one of his hobbies.
  • The Stoic
  • Story-Breaker Power: For any of the Street Fighter villains to have any chance of success, Charlie must die or enter hiding at the end of Alpha 3 because of how powerful he is. note  Discussed in further detail here
    • Relatedly, Charlie is the only character in the series able to kick a projectile without assistancenote , a feat unrivaled even by Gouken. Charlie also manages to defeat Final Bison on his own, who it took Ryu, Ken, Sakura, and Sagat all fighting together to bring down.
  • Theme Naming: Many of Charlie's attacks are prefixed with "Sonic" to indicate that they are modifications of his original moves, as is the case with Sonic Move and Sonic Scythe. The others are named after some aspect of his emotions or personality, in the case of Tragedy Assault and Judgement Sabre.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Barring Cannon Spike, where Charlie's design is updated to give him, among other things, a skin-tight undershirt beneath the flak jacket.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: Seems to be the case, judging by his physical appearance in his debut gameplay trailer for Street Fighter V. He has large, oddly-colored chunks of skin sewn together implying he had to have some pretty major surgery in order to survive his ordeal from Alpha 3. However that same procedure seems to have also imbued him with Psycho Power-like abilities, such as teleportation.
  • Worthy Opponent: Taken to ridiculous extremes in the UDON comic book series. He and Guile spar for an entire day, to the point Guile misses his anniversary. The two call it off when neither man can get a one-up on the other and decide a stalemate might be a better use of their time.
    • Bison considers Charlie the only protagonist worthy of a serious fight, as demonstrated in their pre-fight banter in Alpha 3. Subverted in that Charlie holds nothing but unrestrained fury towards Bison and sees him as little more than a monster in desperate need of killing.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Same deal as Guile.

    Rose - Italy 
"A life shrouded in darkness is spent searching for the light..."

An Italian fortune teller who was actually born from the good half of Bison's soul, which split off from him when Bison removed it. She wields "Soul Power", a pure version of Bison's evil Psycho Power. She confronts Ryu in Alpha 3, warning him about Bison's intent to find a new body. When Bison is killed at the end of Alpha 3, he takes possession of her body so he can wait until he gets a new one. After Bison obtains his new body, Rose is released from his control and seeks to destroy him for good this time. Her encounter with Bison in Street Fighter 4 goes south and she is rescued by Guy.

Voiced by: Yuko Miyamura (Street Fighter Alpha, Street Fighter Alpha 2), Michiko Neya (Street Fighter Alpha 3, Namco × Capcom), Ai Orikasa (Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation; Japanese), Akeno Watanabe (Street Fighter IV; Japanese), Gina Grad (Street Fighter IV; English)

    Dan - Hong Kong 
"Behold the glory of Saikyo!"

Full name Dan Hibiki. The original Joke Character, he is a parody of Art of Fighting protagonists Ryo Sakazaki and Robert Garcia. Essentially Robert (long brown hair tied with a ponytail, with a forelock added for flavor) wearing a Palette Swap of Ryo's outfit (a pink karate gi with a black t-shirt underneath). Dan's father was an unknown martial artist named Go Hibiki who challenged Sagat to a match. Go managed to deprive Sagat of his right eye, but was killed by Sagat in a fit of Unstoppable Rage. Motivated to avenge his father's death, Dan trained under Gouken (Ryu and Ken's mutual master) for a while, but was expelled from his dojo before completing his training when Gouken realized that Dan was motivated by his hatred for Sagat. Returning to Hong Kong, he decided to train himself and develop his own fighting style. After hearing that Sagat was defeated by a "strange Asian man" (Ryu), Dan traveled to Thailand and challenged Sagat to a duel. After defeating Sagat (who supposedly threw the match on purpose out of pity for Dan), Dan decided to promote his fighting style under the name of Saikyo-ryu (the "Strongest style"), befriending Blanka and taking Sakura as his self-appointed student. In Street Fighter 4 he enters the tournament hoping to promote his dojo.

Voiced by: Osamu Hosoi (Street Fighter Alpha series, Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Capcom vs. SNK, Capcom vs. SNK 2, SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, Super Gem Fighter: Mini Mix), Kazuyuki Ishikawa (Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation; Japanese), Toshiyuki Kusuda (Street Fighter IV, Street Fighter X Tekken; Japnese), Ted Sroka (Street Fighter IV, Street Fighter X Tekken; English)

  • Achievements in Ignorance: When he is fighting against Oni and wins...he doesn't even realize he won.
    "Aaaahh! Goodbye cruel world! Wait a sec...You mean I won?!?"
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: He looks exactly like Art of Fighting's Robert Garcia, but with a pink version of Ryo's uniform. His father, Go Hibiki, is pretty much just a rip-off of Mr. Karate.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He would be a major case of this, but he's not the genuine article, unless you're that good with him. He has the kanji for "Saikyo" sewn on the back of his gi in IV, as an homage to Akuma. And he does the Shun Goku Satsu at one point in the Street Fighter Legends: Sakura comic... (Not to mention having his own—albeit poor—version of the move: the Otoko Michi.)
  • Ascended Extra: His first appearance, prior to Street Fighter Alpha, was in a single piece of artwork as a random jobber beaten up by Sagat and held by his head. Street Fighter Alpha homages this when you fight Sagat as Ryu in single-player mode.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: His gimmick in SFIV. His attacks are slow, stupid-looking, and none-too-accurate, but do way more damage than you'd expect from their appearance. The Gadoken, for example, a parody of Ryu and Ken's famous Hadoken that launches a tiny, short-ranged green firebll, does more damage than Sagat's Tiger Shot, one of the most dangerous projectile attacks in the game.
  • Bicep-Polishing Gesture
  • Butt Monkey: The most prominent one in the series. See Joke Character below
  • Catch Phrase:
    "Fatherrrrr!" note 
  • The Chew Toy: He constantly gets mocked, treated like trash and generally dismissed throughout the series.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: He will actually comment to E.Honda about how he's unintentionally undermining his whole argumentnote . The only other person who does this is Rufus.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Up till Udon's Legends series, Go Hibiki's death was more or less Played for Laughs. Then they show the whole, brutal scenario in full. It doesn't help that the company keeps treating Dan like dirt in their following stories.
  • Flanderization: The UDON comics make him a downright incompetent fighter, unable to even score a single hit.
    • This is probably justifiable because it's difficult to demonstrate a Joke Character without giving someone direct control over the character. So they had to turn up his incompetence to convey the same characterization the games are able to portray without making him entirely inept.
  • Giant Novelty Check: When he beats Seth in SSFIV:
    Dan: "That's it! I won! Where's my prize money?! Does it come in a giant check?!"
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Despite years of intense training (those muscles didn't develop themselves!), teenage girls chock full of talent have no problem beating him.
  • Head Swap: Of Ryu/Ken, but with an added undershirt as well.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Hot-Blooded Sideburns: Give the man credit, he does have some style.
  • Hurricane Kick: The Dankuukyaku, which is the most unique of Dan's special moves from the other Shotoclones.
  • Informed Flaw: The Gadouken is supposed to feel like a slap. Sure, it might have a comically pitiful range, but it's not that weak.
  • Insistent Terminology: Sakura always calls him Hibiki-san, which makes him feel old (he's apparently a few years older than Ryu and Ken); he always exasperatedly tell her to call him "sensei" instead. Yeah... not gonna happen.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Notably, he's the only character in Alpha to be able to taunt infinitely, and he's the only character with two rolling taunts, an aerial taunt (although Dhalsim does gain one of his own eventually), and a crouching taunt. He also has two supers revolving around posing: the first is a long series of taunts while the second turns every single action of his into a taunt.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Cocky and arrogant? Yup. Obnoxiously thinks he's better than people who have dedicated their lives to developing stronger techniques? Oh yeah. Fights to honour his father's memory and genuinely cares about his True Companions Sakura and Blanka? Check!
  • Joke Character: The joke character.
    • Lethal Joke Character: Despite being intended to be a weak, arrogant wimp, he's pretty lethal in every game if you know how to use him right. In IV he's low-tier, and since the community still collectively tends to think of him as weak, he sometimes gets pulled out in tournaments to throw off an opponent who hasn't bothered practicing against him. Turns out he's actually taken a few levels in badass as he has many Armor Breaking attacks, which are a serious threat to defensive fighters like Gouken.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: He's got the chin and the attitude, but not the competence to back it up.
  • Macho Camp
  • Magikarp Power: Thanks to several buffs, he is now a viably competitive character in IV.
  • Manly Tears: Subverted: while he sheds tears for his fallen dad... they're not very manly.
  • Meaningful Name: His full name, when read with the surname first ("Hibiki Dan" or 火引 弾), literally means a "dud bullet", a reference to his short-range projectiles. Hibiki also translates to "echo." Dan is about as loud (and obnoxiously funny) as they get.
  • Missed the Call: Literally. In his opening cutscene for Street Fighter IV, Dan believes that he wasn't invited to the original tournament (Street Fighter II). Blanka remarks that he had tried to call him several times to inform him of the tournament, but the phone was disconnected because Dan hadn't paid his phone bill.
    • In the UDON comics, Dan steals Guy's invitation to the Japan qualifier for the World Warrior Tournament, though in this case Guy actually knew and let him because he didn't feel up to it.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: S.I.N. of all things, recognizes that Dan has just as much potential to utilize the Satsui No Hadou as Akuma and Ryu.
    • Continuity Nod: In the official storyline, Gouken (Ryu & Ken's mentor) kicked Dan out of the dojo because Dan wouldn't give up his desire for revenge.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: When you think of it, Dan Hibiki is actually a pretty good martial artist on his own: he can shoot fire out of his hands! In the real world, he'd be a superhero! It's just that in the Street Fighter universe, everyone who can shoot fire out of their hands is better at doing that than him. And even the Badass Normals of the series overshadow him. Poor guy.
    • In Sakura Ganbaru, he's actually a perfectly competent fighter and observant to boot. He just happens to be overshadowed by the awesome, more well known fighters, as well as Sakura's ridiculous potential. To wit, he's perfectly capable of seeing through Ken's injuries (after Ken barely defeats Sakura), despite no one else taking note of his wrecked ribs. And his lecture on how Chi works proves that he has done his homework. He's not bad, and he's even pretty good in the local circuits - he just isn't World Warrior caliber.
    • There was once a Brazilian Street Fighter comic which has since been discontinued. One issue had a story featuring Dan, as he sets out to avenge his father's death by Sagat's hands. However, this Dan is a completely serious fighter (plus Badass Biker and Warrior Poet), without a single shred of Joke Character. Of note, said comic came out around the time Street Fighter Alpha 2 was released, and there was little (if any) information on Dan's status as a JC. Oh, and his gi there is white.
  • Paper Master: One of his attacks exclusive to his appearance in Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter (and in turn, Marvel vs. Capcom 2) is the Premium Sign, where he takes out an autograph, signs it, shows it off to his opponent, and tosses it forward as a projectile. Subverted in that, since this is Dan we're talking about, it's not a very effective attack. Funnily enough, beating an opponent with the Premium Sign is treated the same as beating them with a hyper combo by the announcer.
  • Perpetual Poverty: His storyline in IV describes how he's trying to make money by training students in his style of fighting. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: From his constant boasting to his effeminate movements to the way he's thrown around like a ragdoll by his own attacks, everything the guy does is utterly hilarious.
  • Power Of Hate: Subverted; According to Gouken, Dan's hatred and resentment of Sagat is the reason he is incapable of becoming a stronger fighter; It's stunting his training and preventing him from growing as a person.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: IV goes into great graphical detail to show that Dan's white Gi ended up getting mixed in with red clothing on laundry day. You can see uneven fading, deepening, and white splotches all over the gi.
  • Revenge: His relationship with Sagat, concerning his father's death at Sagat's hand. It is because of this that Sagat realizes that his own war of vengeance with Ryu had him walking down a bad path and lets Dan defeat him so that he may satisfy his revenge and find a new purpose to live.
  • Secret Character: His first appearance in a Street Fighter game was as one of three hidden characters in the first Street Fighter Alpha, selectable either through a cheat or by selecting the random option with the right timing. He's also a hidden character in both Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo and Pocket Fighter.
  • Shirtless Scene: He has a shirtless alternate outfit in Super Street Fighter IV.
  • Shotoclone: Naturally differentiates himself.
  • Shoryuken: Interestingly, Dan's version has a chance of coming out in a "shiny" version which is completely invincible on the way up.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He thinks he's the main character of the series.
  • Start My Own: When Gouken denied him further training due to his motivation (Revenge, against Sagat), he split off and took what he learned to craft his own brand of fighting: "Saikyo-Ryu" ("The Strongest Style").
  • Take That: When several members of Capcom's development team jumped ship to SNK to help make Art of Fighting and other fighting games that would go head-to-head with Street Fighter, Capcom struck back by creating him:
    • He's basically Robert Garcia's head grafted onto Ryo Sakazaki's body with Yuri Sakazaki's mannerisms, to the point that Terry and Kasumi, among others, in SVC Chaos mistake him for Robert, creating a Crowning Moment of Funny when Kasumi doesn't buy it:
    Kasumi Todoh: "It's useless to feign innocence. Defend yourself!"
    • To which he responds with this win quote:
    "My name is Dan Hibiki! Dan Hibiki! Dan Hibiki! That's Dan Hibiki! Got it?"
    • His father is Takuma Sakazaki as Mr. Karate.
    • In IV, one of his Idle Animations is the Haoh Sho Koh Ken, and he gains the Haoh Gadouken as his second Ultra in SSFIV, an attack so strong that the recoil sends him flying backwards.
    • Saikyo-ryuu Karate is a knockoff of Kyokugen Karate, starting off by name (Saikyo note  = strongest; Kyokugen = extreme limit). The attacks are visually similar (Gadouken = Kou'ou Ken, Dankuukyaku = Hien Shippuu Kyaku, Koryuken = Kohou; Dan even throws his fireballs with one hand) but are ineffectual, as a nod to Art of Fighting, where specials would be useless if the player exhausted their spirit gauge, as well as the incessant taunting, because AOF had this as a method to make said gauge rise back.
    • The Hisshou Buraiken is the Ryuko Ranbu, only from a stationary position.
    • He sometimes screams "Saikyo-ryuu ougi!" instead of "Kyokugen-ryuu ougi!"
    • In the Alpha series, Dan was the only character able to taunt indefinitely, much like his source inspiration.
    • He even gains Ryo's "Ora ora!" taunt in IV.
    • Finally, his ending in Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter is a parody of the ending to AOF, with Akuma taking the place of Mr. Karate.
    • One of his win quotes in Alpha 3:
    "I hate the art of fighting, but I want to be the king of fighters!"
    • In several pictures (and even a game or two), his father's appearance mocks that of the masked Mr. Karate from Art of Fighting; where Mr. Karate wears a tengu mask with a red face and a long nose, Go Hibiki's face is actually red and that's his real nose.
    • Naturally, SNK retaliated by giving Yuri moves and intros that not only parodied Ryu, Ken, and Sakura, but Chun-Li, Makoto, and Felicia as well. Both companies were willing to bury the hatchet and make fun of themselves in the SNK vs. Capcom series. Specifically, Dan received even more parody attacks. Of note is his Kyuukyoku Tenchi Gadou Zuki in SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos, a knock-off of Ryo's Tenchi Haoh Ken which, upon connection, will cause Dan's hand to strain! He'll take time to fix it while the opponent is flying, all the while assuring the player that there's nothing wrong.
    • Heck, SVC Chaos is dedicated to cementing his Joke Character status. Notable in which it was SNK Playmore that made the game, the very same company Dan was created to parody.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Over the years, he has gone from Joke Character to Lethal Joke Character. Cue Street Fighter IV where he's actually a decent fighter.
  • Training Dummy: He fills this role in SFIV.
  • Twinkle Smile
  • Unnecessary Combat Roll: He's capable of curling into a ball and rolling forward or backward, an ability he usually only performs when taunting (though it's possible for one to utilize his "rolling taunts" to evade his opponent's attacks).
  • Weak, but Skilled: While he's the Joke Character both in-universe and in-game, supplementary materials have shown he actually is quite knowledgeable about the Martial Arts. Upgrades to this gameplay-wise in Street Fighter IV, as he has a few tricks up his sleeve (like invincibility frames during his Shisso Buraiken Ultra) that make him somwhat decent.
  • You Killed My Father: Dan wants revenge against Sagat for beating his father Go to death, after Go took Sagat's eye.
    • According to Gouken, the only reason Dan isn't able to become stronger and grow into an extremely capable fighter is because his latent desire for revenge (even after Sagat threw his battle with Dan) is stunting his training and severely limiting his potential.

Characters debuting in Street Fighter Alpha 2

    Sakura - Japan 
"I'll be late for class, but it's okay! A good street fight is worth it!"

Full name Sakura Kasugano. A seemingly normal Japanese high school girl, Sakura decided to take on street fighting after witnessing her idol Ryu in battle. She uses a self-taught imitation of Ryu's martial art with her own versions of his special techniques. Her primary outfit is a sailor fuku and a white headband similar to Ryu's, as well as red "bloomers" underneath her skirt to avoid any unnecessary wardrobe malfunction. Dan considers Sakura as his student, although she doesn't seem to think much of him.

Voiced by: Yuko Sasamoto (Street Fighter Alpha 2, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Street Fighter EX Plus α, Street Fighter EX3, Rival Schools: United by Fate, Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Capcom vs. SNK, Capcom vs. SNK 2, Namco × Capcom, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, Super Gem Fighter: Mini Mix), Aya Hisakawa (Street Fighter Alpha CD dramas), Mao Kawasaki (Street Fighter Alpha: Generations; Japanese), Misato Fukuen (Street Fighter IV, Street Fighter X Tekken; Japanese), Brittney Harvey (Street Fighter IV, Street Fighter X Tekken; English).

  • All Women Love Shoes: In her USFIV victory quote against Poison, Sakura states that she likes Poison's shoes.
  • Ascended Fangirl: She started to street fight because of her intense fascination with Ryu.
    • Scarily enough, in one comic continuity before she started fangirling Ryu, Sakura was a huge fan of E. Honda, the sumo wrestler, and trained herself to be like him. Including lamenting just how much weight she still had to gain. She still respects Honda, as shown in her Sub Boss fight with him in Alpha 3... just not so much.
    • Interestingly enough, Chun-Li's hero worship of Ryu in the Street Fighter manga would become the basis for Sakura.
  • Badass Adorable
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her Sailor Fuku exposes her belly a bit.
  • Blood Knight: A really friendly (and possibly even Moe) version.
  • Charged Attack: Sakura can refrain from loosing her Hadouken straightaway and build it up into a larger fireball with less range.
  • Cooldown Hug: She gives one to a Ryu who's very much losing himself to his Satsui no Hado in The Ties That Bind. It works at the last moment.
  • Costume Inertia: She's still wearing her seifuku because she considers it to be appropriate fighting attire.
  • Cute Bruiser
  • A Day in the Limelight: She's the subject of UDON Comics' first Legends four-issue mini-arcs. Details her life back in Japan after she and Ryu go their separate ways and her over-competitive relationship with Karin.
    • She also received a manga miniseries in Masahiko Nakahira's Sakura Ganbaru!, which details her rise into the Street Fighting circuit and her search for Ryu —befriending so many other fighters and touching so many lives that it basically elevates her to messianic levels.
  • Dogged Nice Girl: She not only still really wants Ryu to train her personally, despite him telling her he could not train her as he still had much to learn himself, it is heavily implied that her admiration towards Ryu has developed into full on romantic feelings by the time of The Ties that Bind and SFIV. Yet since fighting is—literally—everything for Ryu, it's obvious that while he does care for her, he's not really the type to consider things like romance in the first place. (Which he even admits in his quote to Viper in IV)
    (when winning against Sagat) "I totally understand your obsession with Ryu. Isn't he just dreamy?"
  • Expy Visually resembles Shinobu Kawasaki from the Asuka 120% series, who herself is an Expy of Ryu and Ken. "Sunburned Sakura" from the Vs. series takes the resemblance even further by giving her Shinobu's Ambiguously Brown skin tone and predominately black uniform color.
  • Genki Girl
  • Go Through Me: In Alpha 3, she takes a full-powered Psycho Crusher to the gut to protect an unconscious Ryu. This and Sagat's appearance snap Ryu outta his Brainwashed and Crazy status.
  • Guest Fighter: Appeared in Rival Schools, where its established that she's childhood friends with Hinata and Natsu.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Sakura taught herself martial arts, special attacks and Ki-based maneuvers by emulating Ryu, possibly after seeing him on TV. Think about that for a second: She learned how to shoot energy blasts from her hands without any formal training.
    • This is even lampshaded in the Sakura Ganbaru! manga adaptation, where, in the first few pages, Dan demonstrates his Gadoken and explains the basics of Ki Attacks to Sakura. It takes her less than a minute to perform a complete (albeit still weak) version of the Hadoken, and in no time at all she's using full-power versions of the technique. Seeing this, an outraged Dan pauses for a minute to comment on the absolutely terrifying potential she possesses.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Her admiration of Ryu was what got her into fighting in the first place.
  • Hurricane Kick: Her Shunpuukyaku.
  • Joshikousei: She's a teenager in the Alpha games. In her next appearance, she's officially adult, though she still wears her uniform as her fighting outfit.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Starts out as something of a Joke Character but is actually quite good in Alpha 2 (unlike Dan). Alpha 3 she got a whole bunch of buffs that made her very high tier and went on to be one of the top 3 characters in CVS 2. She went back to mid-low tier in SFIV but is currently one of the best characters in Super SFIV Arcade Edition ver. 2012.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Whilst not really exceptional all things considered, but her old outfit and new one look a little too similar.
  • Loony Fan: Aside from her adoration of Ryu, when we first see her in the UDON comics, she's a crazy fan of E. Honda's:
    Sakura: "When I grow up, I want to be just like him!"
    Kei: "Y-you want to weigh 400 pounds?!"
    Sakura: "If I can! I've already entered a bunch of hot dog eating contests to help me bulk up, and..."
    • This is adapted into the games, but not to the loony levels of the comics. Her number one is still Ryu, but she genuinely supports E. Honda's sumo-promoting efforts.
  • Marilyn Maneuver: Several of her win poses.
  • Martial Arts Headband: A trademark of her costumes.
  • Meaningful Name: Her given name means cherry-blossom in Japan, although its officially spelled in hiragana (さくら). Her surname, Kasugano (春日野) means "Sunny Field in Spring."
  • Morality Pet: To Ryu, on occasion. The biggest example is her Alpha 3 ending: She stands defiantly in front of Bison to protect Ryu from a fully empowered Bison, but Bison swats her away and approaches to kill her. Ryu then temporarily goes berserk and proceeds to tear Bison a new one.
    • She does it again (via Cooldown Hug) in Ties That Bind when Ryu loses himself to the Satsui no Hadou after Cammy is brutalized by C. Viper. It takes a crying, pleading Sakura to calm him back into sanity.
  • Nice Girl: Passionate about street fighting but otherwise very cheerful and friendly. She's a good sport too (as it would be what Ryu wanted).
  • Ordinary High-School Student
  • Passing the Torch: The franchise frequently hints that Sakura is the top candidate of inheriting Ryu's martial arts legacy should he ever decide to take an apprentice one day.
  • Panty Shot: Avoided by wearing Japanese-style shorts underneath, but apparently, a fan made a request so the creators caved in and introduced a palette-swapped who wore white shorts.
  • Plucky Girl: And how.
  • The Rival: Karin.
  • Satellite Character: Her friend Kei, who became an Ascended Extra in the UDON comics.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: She engages in many martial arts battles in her school uniform. In IV, when she took a plane to visit Ken, she donned the outfit.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: In The Ties that Bind, she puts on a cute dress while Chun-Li puts on a white Qipao. Subverted because Sakura is still wearing her Martial Arts Headband and discards it very soon.
    • Her floral dress alternate in IV may also count. She even wears a floral headband like a tiara to go with it.
  • She Is All Grown Up: This is what fans were expecting in IV. It properly happens during her ending in SSFIV.
  • She's Got Legs
  • Shotoclone
  • Shoryuken: Shou'ouken, with a little jog leading into it, which actually scores more hits into the attack.
  • Spirited Competitor
  • Teen Genius: See Hard Work Hardly Works.
  • Tomboy: To Karin's Girly Girl.
  • Worthy Opponent: The majority of her opponents are impressed by her skills and potential and they know that she will become a great fighter.

    Evil Ryu - Japan who I am!

When Ryu fought Sagat in the first tournament, he was beaten to the point of near-death. Sagat, already battered from the fight, approached Ryu to deliver the final blow, but at that moment, something awoke within Ryu. That "something" was the Satsui no Hadou, and it forced Ryu, against his will, to deliver a cheap-shot Metsu Shoryuken to Sagat, scarring him for life. It then lay dormant withing Ryu until the appearance of Akuma. After that incident, Ryu has had constant battles within himself to keep the evil from taking control, while others have attempted to manipulate his power for their own gains, such as M. Bison and Seth.

In Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Ryu finally succumbs to the Satsui no Hadou after being weakened enough after his fight with a Seth clone. Consumed by evil, he now has a giant hole where his chest once was, coursing with lava and dark, burning energy. He walked the path of Akuma, seeking worthy opponents for a fight to the death, until Gouken confronted him and purged the Satsui no Hadou using the Power of Nothingness, possibly for good.

Something of relative importance to note about Evil Ryu is in Japan, this character is called Satsui no Hadou ni Mezameta Ryū. This name can be translated a number of ways but to summarize, it basically means "Ryu Succumbed to the Dark Hadou" (or "Killing Intent" in some English translations). Notice "evil" is never used because Ryu isn't evil much the same as Akuma is not when using this force. Nothing about this persona is necessarily "villainous", merely being fueled by corrupt desires. Any reference to being evil comes from Capcom USA's translation of his character.

Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa (Street Fighter Alpha 3, Capcom vs. SNK, Capcom vs. SNK 2, Namco × Capcom), Hiroki Takahashi (Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition; Japanese), Kyle Hebert (Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition; English)

  • Badass: Indeed. He's so badass he can match Asura, yes THAT Asura, in combat, and can even breathe in space. It's likely the result of Power Creep, Power Seep, though.
  • Badass Back: Both him and "normal" Ryu.
  • Battle Aura: The version of Evil Ryu in Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition sports one. Instead of Ten, it forms the kanji metsunote , meaning Destruction.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: One possible interpretation of his encounters with Ryu, as indicated by his intro pose with Ryu in Alpha 3 as well as Shin Evil Ryu's dialogue for Ryu in AE.
  • Blood Knight: More so than his regular incarnation. If Ryu put emphasis on the Knight aspect, Evil Ryu definitely focuses on the blood part.
  • Body Horror:
    • The Super Street Fighter IV version of Evil Ryu seems to have some kind of pulsating orb embedded in his chest. Ryu refers to it as a "heart" of some kind.
    • The image that normally appears on a user's gi when they execute the Shun Goku Satsu is now more or less burned onto his skin. This conforms with what happened to Rugal when he drew out Akuma's Satsui no Hadou power in Capcom vs. SNK 2, suggesting that in fact all users of this power have this happen to them and the image will brand itself to their body.
    • Watch Oni's Ultra technique Meido Gouhadou when it hits close range. Not only does it hit the opponent in the chest (where Evil Ryu's "heart" is), the second fireball Oni launches slams into them, and then explodes out of their back (just like it's been burned in Evil Ryu's back). It's been theorized that Oni killed Ryu with the Meido Gouhadou and that Ryu was subsequently revived by the Satsui no Hadou.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: More or less the genesis of Evil Ryu as a player character, though he is enslaved to his own bloodlust rather than an outside will.
  • Calling Your Attacks
  • Canon Immigrant: First appeared in Masahiko Nakahira's Street Fighter Alpha manga adaptation. Although in his case, it's more like a retcon, considering that Evil Ryu was shoehorned into Ryu's fight with Sagat from the original game.
  • Casting a Shadow
  • Characterization Marches On: Originally, in the Alpha series, he was just a cockier version of Ryu, always open to state how much of a better fighter he was against his opponents, and while he had killing intent during the matches, Evil Ryu still looked very focused and calm while at it; in conclusion he still looked less evil than Akuma who isn't exactly evil to begin with. Evil Ryu's comeback in SFIV changed his character quite a lot, though; not only did his appearance change but his mannerisms changed as well. Now, he lives up to the "Evil" in his name instead of the original and tamer Satsui no Hadou ni Mezameta Ryu, Evil Ryu is now a bloodthirsty demon, grunts and love for violence included.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The "Satsui no Hadou" state, literally "Surge of Murderous Intent"; it's what makes Ryu "Evil." Within that state, two specific moves that fit the trope are the Metsu Shoryuken and Metsu Hadouken.
  • Dark Reprise: Evil Ryu's theme in Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition is like a hybrid of his original theme with Akuma's set in the instruments of Akuma's theme.
  • Deconstruction: While not as much as Cody, the whole "Evil Ryu scenario" was a slight attempt at this.
  • Does Not Like Shoes
  • Energy Ball
  • Evil Sounds Deep
  • Fan Disservice: Many fangirls (and more than one fanboy) wanted to see the Tall, Dark and Handsome Ryu shirtless. They got their wish with Evil Ryu... but he has an horrifying hole-shaped scar on his chest and a kanji carved on his back. AUGH.
  • Fangs Are Evil
  • Fighting from the Inside: A scant amount of dialogue in both Alpha 3 and SSFIV:AE has Ryu expressing doubt and regret over what he's now become.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: As of Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, the much more menacing rendering of Evil Ryu has a big hole-shaped scar on his chest.
    • Remember the kanji that appears on his back when he performs the Shun Goku Satsu? It is now carved on in Arcade Edition.
  • Hades Shaded: Takes on a darker skin tone than regular Ryu, colors going from anywhere tan to reddish-purple.
  • Hurricane Kick: Unlike Ryu's, his hits multiple times and can juggle the opponent (hitting a light version can leave them in a state where you can connect with a two-hitting Shoryuken afterwards).
  • Ironic Echo: When Evil Ryu defeats Sagat in IV he throws Ryu and Sagat's personal motto in his face.
    "There is no answer in the heart of battle! Only power."
  • Martial Arts Headband
  • Obviously Evil/Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Right there in the name.
  • Paint It Black: His dogi turns black like Akuma's in this form, although it's dark blue in NxC and a dark purple in Arcade Edition (Capcom-style artwork from CvS and CvS2 also have Evil Ryu clad in a dark blue uniform, but his in-game sprites and SNK-style artwork keep the black garb).
  • Playing with Fire: He has surpassed even Ken in his new Evil Ryu persona, as in he is now literally on fire during his matches in SSFIV: Arcade Edition.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning
  • Shirtless Scene
  • Shock and Awe: The Metsu Hadouken in his Capcom vs. SNK 2 incarnation.
  • Shoryuken: And quite a number of them too, ranging from your standard Shoryuken to the Metsu Shoryuken to the Messatsu Goshoryu.
  • Shotoclone: With emphasis on the clone part -he is Ryu after all.
  • Sore Loser: Evil Ryu has a tendency to manifest whenever Ryu is beaten very badly, such as when Sagat almost beat him to death in the first World Warrior Tournament.
    • In the UDON series Retsu got a taste of this too when Gouken has him fight a young Ryu too hard. He takes a pretty mean punch to the chops for his trouble and Gouken is forced to restrain his pupil.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Of Ryu, of course. He went into a slight Divergent Character Evolution in SSFIV Arcade Edition; his previous incarnations were but a tanned Ryu with a black karate Gi, a few evil taunts and some moves from Akuma's list; now his skin is even more tanned, his hair has shades of red, the eyes are just like Akuma's now, has a constant burning battle aura, a huge scar on his chest to boot, and he can get even more evil during his Ultra Combos in which his whole body goes shadow dark.
  • That Man Is Dead: Tells this to many a friend in SSFIV:AE. Thrown on its head in Evil Ryu's sub-boss fight against Sagat in Alpha 3, where Sagat retorts to Evil Ryu's gloating that he is not the same Ryu who gave him his scar and that he'll wait until the real Ryu returns to give him the fight he has been waiting for.
    • Mind you, the irony here is palpable. The one time Ryu ever gave into the power of the Dark Hadou canonically was during the finals of the original Street Fighter and the only thing that came of it was giving Sagat the scar in the first place.
  • Unstoppable Rage: This seems to be central difference of how the Satsui no Hadou affects Ryu compared to Akuma. Akuma draws on it for strength and to exceed his physical limits by forsaking his humanity for power. For Ryu the influence is more like a virus, causing him to throw aside his virtues and fight purely to cause misery and suffering to his opponent. A lot of his quotes do not reference strength or power but rather hatred and murderous intent, implying he is fighting purely through his rage.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Whereas Ryu gains meaning and purpose in his life from growing as a warrior, the "Evil" side of him simply exists to be as strong as the power of the Satsui no Hadou allows him to be. There is no regard for life, mercy, or honor if he has crossed the line, only combat and bloodlust.

Characters debuting in Street Fighter Alpha 3

    Karin - Japan 
"'All you need is victory!' That is the motto of my family!"

Full name Karin Kanzuki. Extremely wealthy heiress of the Kanzuki Zaibatsu, who enrolled in Sakura's school to "observe the commoners" and find a Worthy Opponent. Despite her status as the Rich Bitch, she's really rather kind, sponsoring R. Mika's wrestling and having a friendly rivalry with Sakura. Her Kanzuki-style martial arts are an amalgamation of various other types.

Voiced by: Miho Yamada (Street Fighter Alpha 3, Namco × Capcom)

  • Alliterative Name
  • Alpha Bitch: This is very much evidenced in Sakura Ganbaru. The rest of her high school class appear to do exactly as she tells them, refering to her as Miss Karin, despite being the same age. Karin, on the other hand, refers to them as "commoners."
    • Lovable Alpha Bitch: But she's definitely of this variety of Alpha Bitch, unless you're reading the UDON comic.
  • Badass Adorable: She looks the part of a demure Victorian young lady, despite the fact that she's a highly skilled, confident fighter.
  • Badass Boast: The Kanzuki family motto is "In Everything, Be Victorious!" A bonus short in the Street Fighter III: Ryu Final manga takes this further with "Victorious, therefore Supreme! Supreme, she is Karin Kanzuki!"
  • Badass Normal: Unlike many of the other characters, including her rival Sakura, she uses no "chi" or "magic" type attacks — all of her moves are physical attacks (pretty much) grounded in reality.
  • Battle Butler: It's what Ishizaki aspires to be. Naturally, Karin will have none of that.
  • Big Fancy House: Amongst other luxurious appointments, the Kanzuki residence includes its own private runway.
  • Canon Immigrant: Karin is an import from a Sakura-centric tie-in manga Sakura Ganbaru.
  • Combat Stilettos: It's hard to notice, but her shoes do have heels.
  • Counter Attack: The first character in the series to posses a counter attack.
  • Cute Bruiser: As mentioned, all of her moves are physical attacks, despite her pretty-girl image. Even her standard throw is a brutal take-down.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Inverted with Sakura; she loses her first fight (setting off their rivalry), but after the second fight, in which she was victorious, the two become friends.
  • Hair Decorations: She wears a large blue bow on the crown of her head, which holds her hair back and keeps it in place.
  • Fingerless Gloves
  • Flanderization: The UDON comics really play up her competitive streak. Case in point: She buys off a hot dog contest so it's only her and Sakura, waits till Sakura stuffs herself silly, then tries to fight her right then and there. If it wasn't for Hinata, Natsu and Shoma coming to Sakura's aid, Karin would have surely gotten away with it. And the irony is that Sakura still kicked her butt.
  • Girly Girl: To Sakura's Tomboy.
  • Hero Insurance: Don't worry, she'll pay for the window she destroyed to make an entrance...
  • I Am Your Opponent: One of her prefight intros has her butler step in to fight you before she throws a serving tray at him and takes center stage.
  • Joshikousei: Like Sakura, she's a high school student — albeit an enormously wealthy one. The excuse she gives for attending a normal Japanese high-school, as opposed to a private school (as one might imagine), is that she wanted to "observe the commoners". How lovely.
  • Lady of War: In training.
  • Meaningful Name: Her given-name (かりん) means "quince" in Japanese. "Karin" is also a rare example of a Japanese name (along with "Naomi") that is coincidently cross-cultural, and used freely in Western (mainly Germanic) countries, where it means "pure." Her surname "Kanzuki" (神 月) is suitably arrogant in translation and literally means "Moon God/Goddess."
    • Her name is sometimes misspelt "Karen" in English-language materials (and by fans), most likely because of the cultural familiarity of that spelling to a US/UK/AUS audience.
  • Mukokuseki: Her blonde hair, especially as it's styled in Victorian-era ringlets, makes her look more like an upper-class European than a Japanese school-girl. She does have, however, almond-shaped brown eyes.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Her intro pose — "Oh-hohohohoho!"
  • Ojou: Of the "type 2" variety.
  • Ojou Ringlets/Regal Ringlets: Her hair is curled into six large tubular ringlets. Two cascade over her shoulders and frame her face, and the other four are pinned back with a large bow.
  • Ordinary High-School Student
  • Out of Focus: She was absent from the series until Capcom Fighting Evolution and Namco X Capcom, and was mentioned in SFIV.
  • Rich Bitch/Jerk with a Heart of Gold: On the battlefield, she is quite snotty toward her opponents, but she's not above petting the dog every once in a while. During some of the story paths in Alpha 3, she helps out the busty wrestler Rainbow Mika (she becomes her sponsor after Mika beats her), and eventually makes friends with her rival Sakura after finally defeating her in battle.
  • Moveset Clone: Averted. She and Sakura look the part (Sakura looking similar to Ryu while Karin resembles Ken), which makes it reasonable to expect that they might be an example of this, but their fighting styles are nowhere even close to being similar.
  • The Rival: Sakura.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Honorable, if crazy, variation: Her family has a Kill Sat. In her Alpha 3 ending, she organizes it to blast Bison's base from orbit.
  • Smug Super / Smug Smiler: She holds most opponents in utter contempt, which is exemplified in-game, where she actually closes her eyes and pokes her chin out in smug, haughty amusement whilst performing many of her standard punches/kicks (Fierce is probably the best example.)
  • To Be a Master: She fights for the sake of upholding her family's motto of perfection.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly rich girl to Sakura's middle-class tomboy.

    R. Mika - Japan 
"The superstar of the ring... That's what I wanna be!"

Full name "Rainbow" Mika Nanakawa. Pro wrestler sponsored by Karin Kanzuki who's a huge fan of Zangief. In Street Fighter Alpha 3 she's searching for him in order to finally have a match.

Voiced by: Junko Takeuchi (Street Fighter Alpha 3)

  • Ascended Extra: She gets an expanded role in the UDON comic series.
  • Ass Kicks You: She has no less than three attacks involving throwing herself ass first at an opponent.
  • Boobs of Steel: Possibly subverted because she may not be the strongest female character in the series, but she has the most strength-based attacks.
    • Her mentor, Yoko Harmageddon, beats her out in this department considerably. Why did she retire? Back problems.
  • Demoted to Extra: Nowadays, she just gets minor cameos. On the other hand, the UDON comics turn her into an Ascended Extra.
  • Fanservice: Whatever promotion Mika wrestles for doesn't seem to be too big on covering their lady fighters up.
  • Girlish Pigtails
  • Hero-Worshipper: She joined the tournament in Alpha 3 to get a chance to face off against champion wrestler (who she has an outrageous crush on) Zangief. Basically, she is to Zangief as Sakura is to Ryu.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: A binding leotard complete with heart motifs where her nipples should be, frilly knickers and a frilly neck-line complete the look.
  • Large Ham
  • Leotard of Power: Her costume looks more like something that came out from Hugh Hefner's mind. As Maki puts it:
    "You deserve to win just for wearing that insane costume!"
  • Loony Fan: For Zangief. She takes this to levels that are frankly very worrying, and that's without getting into the fact that she wants to ride him like a rollercoaster.
  • Masked Luchador: She's a wrestler and she wears a mask alright...
  • Mukokuseki: Mika's Japanese nationality contrasts strongly with her unmistakably fair, caucasian-like complexion, blonde hair and blue eyes. She's the series most extreme example, especially as it sticks to established phenotypes on the whole.
  • Murderous Thighs: Her appropriately named Paradise Hold grab.
  • Out of Focus: She hasn't appeared at all since her first appearance.note 
  • Use Your Head: She has a few headbutt attacks, the more memorable being one of her Super combo, Heavenly Dynamite.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Wishes nothing more than to be the best female wrestler.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: On the cover of a Japanese magazine called Capcom Secret File, Mika is teamed up with a black haired female wrestler named after the trope, who works for the same wrestling organization as Mika. She is sometimes her tag team partner.

    Juni and Juli - Germany 

M.Bison: "Now my pretty dolls... Entertain my guest...! Attack!"

Two German members of the "Dolls", Bison's Elite Guard of twelve young girls who follow his every command. Every. Single. Order. At the end of Alpha 3, they are released from his control and scattered throughout the world. Some of them end up training in Honda's dojo.

Voiced by: Akiko Komoto (Street Fighter Alpha 3, Namco × Capcom [both girls]); Sachiko Kojima (Super Street Fighter IV Juri OAV; Japanese [Juli]), Haruka Kimura (Street Fighter IV Juri OAV, Japanese [Juni])

  • Amazon Brigade
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Juni can scan people's Power Levels with her Stat-O-Vision, sometimes getting errors when it goes OVER NINETY THOUSAND. Also may be disposed to Power Copying since she apparently gets stronger scanning powerful warriors like Akuma.
  • Bodyguard Babes: Most notably, Juli and Juni, who fight you in Bison's steed.
  • Boobs of Steel: Juli is noticeably developed for a girl of her age. She also happens to share Cammy's moveset.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: All of them. Only one of the Dolls' past identities is made clear, though. In T.Hawk's story in Alpha 3, Juli is revealed to be T. Hawk's missing friend Julia, who is apparently a member of his tribe as well.
    • The girl T. Hawk is searching for was originally meant to be Noembelu, a Native American member of the Dolls whose name comes from November (v being pronounced as a w). When they added T. Hawk to the console ports, instead of making Noembelu into a playable character as well, they simply shoehorned Juli into his in-game story. Noembelu is the one with the tomahawk in this artwork.
    • In UDON's Street Fighter Comic Book Adaptation, T. Hawk actually searches for both, Noembelu and Julia, with Julia being the missing daughter of a murdered German doctor who once lived with the Thunderfoot tribe.
  • Cloning Blues: Averted. Unlike Cammy, they're not clones. They've just been kidnapped all over the world.
  • Combat Stilettos: Somewhat.
  • Combination Attack: When fighting together, Juni and Juli have access to Super Combos normally unavailable when they fight individually. Namely the Psycho Roll and the Death Cross Dance.
  • Ditto Fighters: They have several moves of Cammy's, because they're all trained under the same Shadaloo program.
  • Co-Dragons: To Bison in Alpha.
  • Dual Mini Bosses: Complete with Combination Attacks.
  • Fragile Speedsters
  • Head Swap: Of Cammy, and in turn, of each other. Their legs are also recolored so that they look like they're wearing full-body suits instead of a leotard like Cammy.
  • Jail Bait: They're both 16 (as are the rest of the "Dolls"), but Juli could easily pass for late teens-early 20's. Not only is she stacked, she's got killer legs, wears a leather catsuit, and her ending with Juni contains a bit of Homoerotic Subtext.
  • Lovely Angels: Although there's some slight Les Yay in Juni's ending. Also, take note of how each girl has the other girl as one of their "likes."
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Juli's relation to T. Hawk, the only thing definite about these two is that they came from the Thunderfoot Tribe, then Julia's relation to Thunder Hawk ranges from being just an fellow Tribemember and possible childhood friend, to being his sister, to finally pulling the breaks at girlfriend status.
  • Nice Hat
  • Non-Dubbed Grunts: They use the same vocal clips as Cammy.
  • Out of Focus: They returned for Namco x Capcom and vanished (although they both make cameos in Super SFIV).
  • Self-Made Orphan: In UDON's comic series, Juni's first mission after being completely brainwashed - return home and kill her parents. (We see her killing her Hot Mom here.) Whether or not the other Dolls typically do this or it was an isolated thing isn't clear.
  • Sex Slave: Very heavily implied.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: All of the Dolls wear an uniform with a nice gap on the back, making the back, aside from the face, the only portion of visible skin in an otherwhise more straight Spy Catsuit.
  • Teleport Spam/Flash Step: Juni's Mach Slide.
  • Theme Naming: Juni and Juli are German for June and July. The rest of the Dolls, are named after the other months from the year, based on their country of origin. The other non-playable dolls are:
    • Enero (January) - Spain. Speciality is communications, carries a microphone.
    • Février (February) - France. Speciality is fire-arms.
    • März (March) - German. Speciality is info gathering, and carries a laptop.
    • Aprile (April) - Italy. Speciality is medicine. She has a younger brother named Maggio (May), who befriends Rose while searching for her.
    • Satsuki (May) - Japan, Satsuki is the archaic Japanese name for May. Speciality is fighting with a katana.
    • Santamu/Thang-Tam (August) - Vietnam. Speciality is fighting with a spear. Has a golden lion tamarin monkey, supposedly her Attack Animal.
    • Xiayu/Jiuyue (September) - China. Speciality is fighting with a quarter-staff.
    • Yanyu/Shiyue (October) - China. Speciality is fighting with nunchakus.
    • Noembelu/Novembernote  (November) - Native American. Speciality is fighting with twin hatchets.
    • Decapre/Dekabr (December) - Russia, who looks suspiciously like Cammy, but wears a mask concealing her face. The Udon comics plays upon this fact by making Dekabr into a failed prototype of Cammy, with half her face horribly scarred. ( Which seems to also hold true in Ultra Street Fighter IV.) Her speciality is fighting with claws similar to Vega's.
  • Tykebombs

    Ingrid - Unknown 
A character ported over from Capcom Fighting Evolution after her original debut game Capcom Fighting All-Stars was cancelled, Ingrid has a story shrouded in mystery, but essentially, she's from the future. She came back in time to reclaim her power from Bison, who used it as part of the Psycho Drive. With her mission complete, she returns to her time, implying that she meets Ryu in the future. She mentions heading to the year 201X and seeing that Ryu has somehow become a monk. According to the backstory of Street Fighter X Tekken, she is the creator of Pandora, sending the box down to Earth not only as a gift, but as a test for humans over the the conflict that'd arise due to Pandora's power.

Voiced by: Masako Jou (Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX, Capcom Fighting Evolution)

Crossover characters from Final Fight

    Guy - USA 
"Behold the art of Bushinryu."

A Japanese American Ninjutsu master dressed in a red ninja outfit and converse shoes. Guy is the 39th successor of the Bushin style of Ninjutsu, a martial arts style dating back to Japan's feudal age, Guy traveled to America to improve his martial art skills and found himself at Metro City, where he befriended fellow fighters Cody and Haggar and assisted the two in their battle against the Mad Gear gang in the original Final Fight. In the Alpha series, it is established that as a practitioner of Bushin Ryu, he is an upholder of the world's balance, and travels the world as a vigilante bringing an end to several criminal organizations. He develops a new form of Bushin Style in the original Alpha, tests his new style against his Master Zeku in Alpha 2, and then finds himself involved with Bison and his organization in Alpha 3. He later appears in Super Street Fighter IV, still seeking to bring his old partner Cody back to the side of good, and to save his friend Rose from her bleak destiny. Despite his steadfast devotion to his duty of carrying out justice in the shadows, he surprisingly has a fiancee, Rena, whose younger sister Maki is Guy's rival for the Bushinryu title.

Voiced by: Tetsuya Iwanaga (Street Fighter Alpha series, Namco × Capcom), Tsuguo Mogami (Super Street Fighter IV, Street Fighter X Tekken; Japanese), Jason C. Miller (Super Street Fighter IV, Street Fighter X Tekken; English)

  • Always Second Best: Dialogue from their rival battle implies that Guy reliably loses to Cody whenever the two battle.
  • Apologetic Attacker: But only if your name happens to be Cody or Rose.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: "Cody...WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU?!"
    • Especially notable because this is one of the few times that Cody responds with any outward emotion.
  • Badass
  • Badass Arm-Fold: Rather fond of these.
  • Badass Back: One of his taunts. Also appears at the end of his Bushin Musou Renge in IV.
  • Badass Baritone: Only in the Japanese version of IV, though.
  • Badass Boast: "Don't worry. Everyone loses to me!" and "There is nothing you can do that I can't counter."
    • Several of his "generic" win quotes in IV are like this. Point in case:
    Guy: "Bushinryu allows me to pierce the sky and split the earth with my blows!"
    Guy: "Never attempt the same move after you have been once thwarted!"
    Guy: "What good is your defense if you cannot keep up with my speed?"
  • Badass Creed: Gets a few, most notably in IV. They usually double as a Pre-Asskicking One-Liner.
    Guy: "The power of Bushin-ryuu shall be my quill."
    Guy: "Kore zo Bushin-ryuu!" ("This is the Bushin style!")
  • Black Screen of Death: The Bushin Musou Renge (or Warrior God's Unmatched Reaping); Guy will perform a grab and, if it connects, the screen will darken like in Akuma's Shun Goku Satsu, as the player watches Guy's silhouette pummelling his helpless opponent.
    • It's changed up a bit as his Ultra in IV. He grabs his foe, starts pummeling them at Super Speed to the point that he's playing human pinball, and then finally focuses for one last attack (the above trope), with a shakuhachi briefly replacing the BGM. The visual presentation is rather stunning.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Given that he's an Asian-looking dude who dresses in ninja fashion and trains Ninjutsu under a Japanese master in Japan, no one would have suspected for him to be American if it wasn't for the information given in his bio in Alpha. His nationality was originally stated to be Japanese in Final Fight, but it seems he became a fully naturalized American for the Alpha series if his original nationality wasn't retconned.
  • Casting a Shadow: Arguably. During Guy's Bushin Musou Renge, a shroud of darkness blinds his foes while he pummels them into oblivion
  • The Comically Serious: In Namco x Capcom, when Janga from Klonoa Heroes calls him a pain in the ass. Guy's response?
    "A pain in the ass? Such things are irrelevant in battle."
  • Delinquent: Believe it or not, he was one before being taken in by Zeku. His training as a Bushin ninja caused Guy to mellow out considerably.
  • Detect Evil
  • Fighting Your Friend: In Alpha 3 he fights Rose in an attempt to dissuade her from fighting Bison in what will clearly result in Rose's death. Unfortunately, he loses that one. In SSFIV, he tries it again. He loses to Rose again, but later he does manage to rescue her from Bison. There's also his two bouts (again, in Alpha 3 and SSFIV) with his somewhat-estranged best friend, Cody, who Guy is trying to redeem. And of course, Maki is trying to defeat him so she can become the next Bushin master.
  • Flash Step
  • Fragile Speedster: Although a top contender alongside the likes of Chun-Li and Vega, one could argue that he leans towards being a nimble Glass Cannon instead.
  • Hand Seals: In one of his taunts from Super IV, he casts a whole bunch of those. He usually performs one-handed seals (that's right, Haku's not the only one) quite often.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: May be subverted if you choose to play with a black outfit. Also, to go with the color, he's pretty competent as a ninja.
  • History Repeats: See Fighting Your Friend above.
  • Hurricane Kick: His Bushin Senpuukyaku, a technique he used as a Desperation Attack in Final Fight. Due to its diagonal range, it oddly functions more like a Shoryuken than the traditional Tatsumaki Senpuukyaku.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: The mindset he adheres to. Realizing that his feelings are inconsequential, Guy adopts an "end justifies the means" mentality.
  • Ki Attacks: In Final Fight 3 and Namco x Capcom, Guy can shoot close ranged bursts of yellow Ki. Unlike most characters, who shoot ki as a projectile, Guy uses it as an enhanced punch/finishing move.
  • Leitmotif: Taken from the Slums Area of Final Fight, the very first stage of his debut game. In Namco X Capcom, he is instead given the Bay Area Theme.
  • Marilyn Maneuver: His stage in Street Fighter Alpha has two teenage girls talking outside a convenience store. Whenever somebody wins, the Dramatic Wind blows up their skirts, to their embarrassment.
  • McNinja: Partly; he's a Japanese-American. So much so, some of the winquotes against him in SSFIV have people not even believing him to be a ninja (Rufus is probably the best example, despite his very stereotypical view of ninjas...).
  • Meaningful Name: His name in Japanese is actually Gai (ガイ, which is the kanji for "victorious"), but it's usually spelled as "Guy" in English to avoid the obvious mispronunciation. Alternatively, he may have been named after Guy Picciotto, like the other Final Fight characters who are named after rockstars. Both have bangs long enough to cover their eyes.
  • Nice Shoes: As opposed to the jika-tabi he wore in Final Fight, Guy switched to sneakers in all subsequent appearances (even Final Fight 3). His change in footwear is explained by him in one of his post-fight quotes from the fourth game.
    Guy: "Sneakers are well suited to swift footed techniques!"
  • Ninja: Guy uses more traditional ninjutsu with street fighting influences, while Ibuki uses a ninjutsu style that fits the popular image of one.
  • Ornamental Weapon: Guy was the only Final Fight character in the Alpha series to not use a weapon (Hugo doesn't count as he was in III), but he uses kunai Ninja Blades during cutscenes in Street Fighter IV. He doesn't really need them though. He also carries a sword in his alternate costume based on his Final Fight outfit, which is a reference to how he was the most skilled with a Katana in the original Final Fight. Averted in Final Fight Revenge, where he uses smoke bombs and shuriken.
  • Perpetual Frowner: There's a rare official art depicting him, Ken, and Ryu in more casual clothes and the poster in Cody's intro (but he still has his angry eyes in both occasions). He is also presumably smiling when Cody decides to assist him in SFA3. Other than that... played straight.
    • There's artwork of Guy, Maki, and Rena hanging out. The latter is cheerfully clinging onto Guy's arm, while Guy and Maki are somber. Apparently, not even the presence of his own girlfriend/wife can cheer him up.
    • Guy also cracks a rare smile when him and Cody succeed in destroying pandora's box in X Tekken and Cody shows hints of his old happy self. Presumably being close to his best friend is just enough to cheer him up.
  • Product Placement: Look at his shoes. See the swoosh?
    • Slightly altered in SSFIV (to the point of Lawyer-Friendly Cameo), but the overall design's still there.
  • Protectorate: His case for all of Metro City. Who needs Haggar when you have a ninja doing all of the heavy lifting?
  • Real Men Eat Meat: Averted. Guy is apparently a vegetarian, although this does call into question of prior info stating that he enjoys salmon topped ochazuke, and recounting all of the recovery items from Final Fight...
    Guy (to Hakan): "We ninjas eat traditional vegetarian dishes. I have no use for cooking oil."
  • The Rival: Cody.
    • Sodom has a one-sided rivalry with him.
  • Ship Tease: See Rose's entry above. It's also easy to misinterpret his relationship with Maki (his sister-in-law) due to her Tsundere-like behavior towards him in Alpha 3. (In reality, what could be seen as Rival Yay is the byproduct of Maki's ambition to become the next Bushin master; if she doesn't defeat Guy, someone else could become the 40th Bushin master. Or she could have an unrequited crush on him, which is doomed because we doubt she'd break Rena's heart.)
  • Sophisticated as Hell: His exchange with Bison in Alpha 2, as well as lines such as "You are so outclassed."
  • Speed Echoes: One of his intros in Alpha 3.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His Bushin Musou Renge. Whereas Alpha 3 and SSFIV spell it as the above, he and Sho/Ginzu yell the words "BUSHIN MUSOU RENKA!" in NxC.
  • Spinning Piledriver: His Bushin Goraisenpuujin Ultra Combo ends with a rather impressive one. In that same game, he also gains the Kaiten Izuna Otoshi, an aerial command throw.
  • The Stoic: He carries out his duties as a ninja/protector of the world's balance with an almost professional air of detachment. His grim face rarely shows any emotions with the only truly noticeable emotion being occasional shock, such as when he found out what happened to Cody in SFA3 or the funny scene with Ibuki and her mascot in one of the Super IV trailers.
    • Not So Stoic: If your name is M. Bison and you're abducting Rose, pray that you do not cross this man on a moonlit night. If your name is Rose, do not appear to be dead.
      • In his battle against Cody in Street Fighter Alpha 3. Guy calmly says that he doesn't like interfering in other people's lives and that everything should be left as is... and then...
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome
    Ibuki: "Quite a hunk, but the outfit needs to go. You don't look like a ninja at all!"
  • Verbal Tic: In certain games, he ends his sentences with "-de gozaru", like a stereotypical ninja.
  • Wall Jumper
  • Warrior Poet: Guy is quite insightful when he needs to be.
  • Warrior Therapist: In the SFA manga, moments before Guy defeats Satsui no Hadou Ryu, he gives his opponent a speech urging him to control his killing intent WHILE BLOCKING EVERY PUNCH FROM HIS SHUN GOKU SATSU AND COUNTERING THEM.

    Cody - USA 
"I saved a city, saved a girl, but couldn't save myself..."

Full name Cody Travers (according to Final Fight: Streetwise). An American martial arts expert, specializing in knife fighting, Cody is a born street fighter who became known as the "Hero of Metro City" after rescuing his childhood sweetheart Jessica from the Mad Gear gang in Final Fight. However, he ended up becoming addicted to street fighting and was framed by old nemesis Edi E. for acts of assault committed by Poison. While in jail he breaks up with his girlfriend and most of his friends abandon him. He manages to escape during a jail riot. He appears again in Super Street Fighter IV on a quest to stop the threat that Seth possess to the world.

Voiced by: Koichi Yamadera (Street Fighter Alpha 3), Daisuke Kishio (Super Street Fighter IV, Street Fighter X Tekken; Japanese), Michael T. Coleman (Super Street Fighter IV, Street Fighter X Tekken; English)

  • Awakening the Sleeping Giant: Normally, unless something or somebody is threatening the world (or especially Metro City) at large, Cody is perfectly content to walk the earth either observing things or administering vigilante justice. But just ask the entire Mad Gear Gang how bad of an idea it is to piss him off. Not even the resident villains of the series risk getting Cody's undivided attention.
  • Badass: An extremely apathetic badass, but a badass nonetheless.
    • Badass Normal: In a game where most characters have Ki Attacks, Cody just uses rocks, knives, wrenches, steel pipes and dust.
    • Handicapped Badass: He wears those prison cuffs because he wants a challenge, not because he can't take them off.
      • In SFIV Cody's win quotes suggests that except for Ryu, who is story-wise very close to the strongest heroic character, most of the fights bore him, and Oni notes that if he simply removed his self-imposed restraints he might actually survive fighting him. Apparently being a street-brawler makes him powerful enough to survive fighting with an unrestrained (if non-canon) version of Akuma.....
  • Because I'm Good at It: He's actually pretty burnt out on fighting and just wants to retire to a simpler life but he keeps diving back into situations where he can start fights or finds an excuse to get in one (evildoer, strong opponent, what have you) because he thinks it's the only talent he has.
  • Berserk Button: Corrupt cops, if several of his win quotes are anything to go by. Oddly enough it doesn't show should he fight Bryan Fury presumably because he either doesn't know of Bryan's rather spotted past as a cop, or because he's having so much fun fighting somebody who enjoys fighting as much as he does that he doesn't care.
  • Blood Knight: Deconstructed, he went to jail for always starting brawls under the slightest provocation despite his connections with Mayor Mike Haggar and he looks obviously bored everytime he fights, presumibly because he doesn't get any satisfaction out of fighting anymore and continues to do so only because he is simply addicted to it. The above quote gives you a good glimpse of how tragic a hero he is.
    • Even worse, the original trumped-up charges that landed him in prison were actually assaults committed by Poison. In other words, it may well be that Cody didn't actually develop these tendencies until he was falsely convicted for them.
  • Blow You Away: As evidenced by Criminal Upper, Cody can swing with enough force to drum up a small twister.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: It takes a lot to bring out this side of him, but peak his interest and put up a good fight, and he's actually rather enthusiastic.
  • Byronic Hero
  • Calling Your Attacks: Never calls the majority of his attacks; he tends to deviate between a couple phrases; "Take it!", "Bingo!" "Jackpot!", and "Crash!" or sometimes a condescending laugh. Played more straight with his iconic move, the Criminal Upper, which he will call when using the EX version note 
  • Cardboard Prison: This is what the prison in Metro City is to Cody. He always returns, but the fact that it can't hold him is a problem.
  • Catch Phrase: "Bingo!" and "Jackpot!" seem to be this.
  • Chained by Fashion: Cody's handcuffs in Alpha 3 and SSFIV which he could easily remove at any time.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Through seemingly nothing but his fighting experience and training, Cody is so unbelievably strong that, even with cuffs on to restrain himself for a challenge, even Akuma is considered a letdown in his eyes. It goes far enough that Oni himself said that if Cody removed his cuffs, he'd stand a good chance against him. Try to remember this is the being that can trade blows with Asura.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Cody specializes in dirty fighting, such as the use of "foreign objects" (there will always be a knife on the ground when he is in play) and throwing clumps of dirt/rocks into his opponent's eyes.
    • In Super Street Fighter IV, his Last Dread Dust Ultra begins with his trademark "kick sand in the eye routine". He then follows up with a wrench-aided bludgeoning, uppercuts them with said wrench, and then winds up and knocks them out of the park... with a metal pipe. Damn.
    • In Alpha 3, he could do an attack on wakeup called Bad Spray. In SSFIV, his newest addition to his arsenal alongside this is Zonk Knuckle, a sucker punch.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Since his time in jail, Cody seems to have developed a certain appreciation for dishing out and receiving pain. It's more present in SFxT due to Character Exaggeration, but it's certainly noticeable in the main series.
    "Hurts, don't it?"
  • Costume Inertia: In SSFIV, he's still wearing his prison outfit (although it's possible that he was simply caught again (or simply didn't bother to change his outfit). His alternate costume is a modern update of his classic "white shirt & jeans" ensemble, and by the time of Streetwise, he's back to wearing his old outfit, only with a different prison shirt over it.
    • In all likelihood, he's still imprisoned. Not so much for the fighting anymore (though starting prison brawls probably doesn't help), but his multiple escape attempts could have greatly extended his sentence.
    • According to an interview, they planned on giving back his old Final Fight outfit, but fans preferred the Alpha incarnation so they decided to give him the blue and white stripes.
  • Curbstomp Battle: He both hates and prefers this type of fight. He likes his fights to be "quick and easy", but he hates fighting weak opponents. Presumably, a strong opponent that he can take down relatively fast is the best type. (Maybe that's why he likes fighting Ryu and Oni.)
  • Darker and Edgier: The transition over to Street Fighter from Final Fight was not what people were expecting, to say the least.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Ever since he was jailed.
  • Demoted to Extra: In between Final Fight and Street Fighter Alpha 3, he was demoted to background cameos and the occasional mention.
  • Drugs Are Good: While Cody has (probably) never used any real world drugs, he seems to enjoy his encounters with the regenerative drug Glow in Final Fight; "I've never felt better!" and the semi-addictive power Pandora, from SFxT: "This is amazing!"
  • Dull Surprise: Seems to be his reaction to almost everything these days. Just look at his Oh, Crap face in Super when faced with an Ultra.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: A male example; Cody has ... a significant female following (and quite a few male fans as well), to put it lightly.
  • Emo: According to Juri. One of his titles is "Emo Brooder."
  • Fallen Hero: The man who saved Metro city has fallen far... much too far.
  • Flat Earth Atheist:
    to Dhalsim, regarding his village's drought: "If your god is real...couldn't he just make it rain on your village?"
  • Freudian Excuse: Cody thoroughly denies this, saying that he has no good reason for being who he is now, and it would be too easy to come up with all sorts of justifications. According to him, he just kept fighting, and even he doesn't know why. Guy, however, thinks that there's some deeper reason that Cody adopted his Jerkass Façade.
  • HAD to Be Sharp: According to Cody, the old slums in Metro City forced him to grow up learning how to fight and provide for himself.
  • Handwraps of Awesome
  • Honor Before Reason: Fans have accused him of this during the ending of Final Fight.
  • Hurting Hero: First Cody is framed for Poison's crimes, then his girlfriend leaves him while he is locked up, and then most of his other friends abandon him. By the time he shows up in Alpha 3, Cody is in a truly pitiable state.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: Cody inexplicably stashes a pipe and an adjustable wrench on his body, usually pulled out from behind his back.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: A more heroic example: Guy believes that there's still a hero somewhere deep enough within Cody. Cody, cynical as he is, doesn't buy it... but despite Cody's denial of being a hero, both of his endings prove otherwise. Cody knows he's still a hero deep down, but he sure as hell won't admit it, and he won't let it convince him he isn't too dangerous to roam freely.
  • I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: Even Cody considers himself "villainous". In his win quote versus Bison, he says as much, but feels that he still needed to take Bison down.
  • Institutional Apparel: Gets the horizontal stripes variant come Alpha 3, which carries over into SSFIV. He additionally gets orange scrubs reminiscent of his Streetwise look as DLC, the main differences being that he lacks the hand wraps, has slippers in place of his sneakers, and isn't wearing jeans or a white t-shirt under the jumpsuit (i.e. his classic Final Fight clothes underneath the prison jacket).
  • Invulnerable Knuckles: Subverted. The reason his keeps his hands covered in tape is because of the scars he received from punching through walls.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Something Cody is quite fond of.
    • "You're boring the crap outta me"
    • "You ready to start fighting for real?"
    • "Geez, you suck, man"
  • Jack of All Stats: While not excelling in any particular category, Cody can be competitive against almost any character; he has reasonable mobility, a viable projectile game, high stun combined with solid damage output, an excellent anti-fireball ultra, a wide variety of anti-airs, and frametraps to make any other character jealous.
    • Invoked in-universe; Cody is explicitly stated to have developed his fighting style to be able to counter any type of opponent.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: Many of his win quotes, particularly to those who believe in religion (like Dhalsim or Rose) or morals (like Guile or Gouken) or other ideals, are cynical and pessimistic observations. Some of these quotes invoke Jerkass Has a Point.
  • Jerkass Façade: Ever since his appearance in the SFA series, he talks about on how he is not a hero anymore, but his stance in fighting the forces of evil is still pretty much the same.
  • Knife Nut: A heroic version. A knife will mysteriously appear on the battlefield in both Alpha 3 and Super IV during Cody's matches, in reference to the original Final Fight, where he was the best character with knives.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: With the emphasis on sour. He still maintains a sense of justice but he knows the path he has to take to achieve it will lead him right back to where he came from and he beats himself up for it.
  • Knuckle Cracking: He cracks his knuckles right before his Final Destruction Ultra Combo.
  • Meaningful Name: The name Cody can be traced to an irish name meaning "helpful".
  • Love Cannot Overcome: Despite being in a loving and stable relationship with Jessica Haggar, and Cody rescuing her from the Mad Gear, Jessica abandons him as soon as he is thrown in prison, for crimes he did not commit.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The original trailers for SSFIV depicted Cody facing Chun-Li in his Rival Battle (it'd make sense, considering that she's a cop and he's a escaped convict/vigilante), but it was changed to Guy later in development.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: When he was introduced into the Street Fighter continuity, Cody was given a move, the Criminal Upper, in which he throws an uppercut with so much force that it releases a multi-hitting tornado.
  • Nice Shoes: While not as much aplomb is made of Cody's choice of shoes in comparison to Maki and especially Guy, he does sport a sweet pair of Adidas Superstar to compliment Guy's High-Top Nike Dunks.
  • Nonchalant Dodge: Cody has the unique ability among the street fighters to completely negate the opponent's attacks by dodging them with his V-Ism Yoke ability.
  • Not Me This Time: The circumstances around Cody's arrest have shades of this. While he was never prosecuted for the assault obviously involved in clearing Metro City of the Mad Gear Gang, he did beat up a corrupt cop, Edi, along the way. Later, Poison committed several acts of assault, which Edi promptly framed Cody for, landing him in jail where he developed the love of fighting that would keep him there.
  • Not So Different: To Juri. He respects someone who doesn't play by rules.
  • Not-So-Innocent Whistle: After he wins a fight in Super SFIV.
    • Also during his Last Dread Dust ultra from the same game; he whistles right after slamming his opponent with his pipe.
  • Physical God: Cody is an odd example; In a series where the other strongest characters (Gouken, Oni, and Oro) use Ki attacks, Cody relies on sheer physical strength, and the skill which sets him apart from other physical fighters like Zangief, to pummel his opponents (including the aforementioned strongest Ki users) into the ground. His punches are so strong that they create a vaccuum and cause a small tornado to form. And this is all before he decides he's found a fight worth going all out on. Theres a reason that Oni shows some measure of respect to him.
  • Perma Stubble: Shaving with your hands cuffed together is not really hard when the handcuffs' chain is THAT long.
  • Retcon: The original reason for why Cody was absent in the Final Fight series was because he and Jessica went away on vacation. However, in Final Fight Revenge he was framed by the Mad Gear Gang and then sent to jail. In the SFA series, his addiction to fighting, causing him to randomly pick fights with any and everyone is a good enough reason for him to stay in jail.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "Well now, let's see if we can't do something about my boredom."
  • Protectorate: One of the only things still capable of truly infuriating him is posing a threat to the outside world at large or Metro City, which he still considers it his duty to protect.
  • That Man Is Dead: The hero he used to be is dead and gone. He tells Chun-Li this in SFIV. Whether he honestly believes it or not is another matter.
  • The Rival: Guy.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: Cody seems to have a... loose grasp on the difference between religions. He confuses Dhalsim's polytheistic religion for monotheism. Taken Up to Eleven in X Tekken where he confuses it for christianity.
  • Seen It All: As a fighter. Unless his opponent is someone who is genuinely passionate about fighting (Ryu) or is fighting at superhuman levels (Oni), he generally snubs them as not breaking up his boredom or showing him anything new.
  • Signature Laugh: Depending on the language you have him set to, it alternates between a satisfied chuckle, or an ear grating "HA HA".
  • Sleepyhead: A couple of Cody's taunts in Super IV have him yawning, while one has him flat-out taking a nap in the middle of the match. His Game Over animation is basically Cody laying on the floor and falling asleep.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Isn't it obvious by this point? When the cuffs go, so does any chance of victory.
  • Straw Nihilist: Being in prison does that to you, possibly. More noticeable in Super Street Fighter IV. Just check this pearl he delivers to Dhalsim:
    "If your god is real, couldn't he just make it rain on your village?"
  • The Hero: Of the Final Fight series back in the day. Despite how horribly his imprisonment affected him, it still very much shows whenever there's a threat to the innocent at large. Just don't try to convince him of it.
    • Tragic Hero: After defeating Belger, Cody just couldn't get away from fighting, causing him to get framed by crooked cop Edi E, and another former enemy (Poison, accidentally), then developing an outright addiction to fighting and breaking up with the girl he saved. Oh, and his ending in Super Street Fighter IV has him willingly returning to jail because that's where he believes he belongs. In spite of everything, however, he still can't sit idly by when he's been made aware of a threat at large.
  • Victory Is Boring: With Mad Gear beaten and Metro City saved, Cody's boredom has grown out of his mind; that's the main reason why he has developed the addiction to fighting that eventually helped put him in jail.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Guy. Most of the snark comes from Cody, but it's clear that the two are still good friends. Notably, it seems that only Guy can break Cody out of his Jerkass Façade and send him careening at the forces of evil.
  • When He Smiles
  • Willfully Weak: For a couple of reasons; One, he's addicted to fighting, and unless he restrains himself, anybody short of Oni or Gouken is just a waste of time. And without the restraints, he would probably brutally injure anybody he fights, and he's not too keen on that.
  • With My Hands Tied: Cody fights in his prison garb and cuffs in Alpha 3 and Super IV, to give himself a challenge. It hardly ever matters in the long run.
    • Shouldn't matter at all, considering how friggin' long the chain on the handcuffs is...
  • World's Best Warrior: What he has the potential to be. Not that he cares enough to prove it, or fight at his full potential.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • His win quote to Cammy in SFIV.
    • He enjoys a serious fighter like Ryu, from time-to-time.
    • He was really impressed with Sagat.
    • Sakura also fits. See below.
    • He really, really likes fighting Oni, but is unimpressed by Akuma!
    • Bryan Fury, who Cody happily recognizes as fighting like he wants to kill him, and even commends him for the effort!
  • Years Too Early: Sakura is no match for him now, but in a few years, she'd be a serious problem.

    Maki - Japan 
"Don't take it so seriously, I didn't!"

Full name Maki Genryusai. Introduced in Final Fight 2, she is the younger sister of Guy's fiancee Rena and also trained in the art of the Bushin style. She was once The Leader of a biker gang during her high school years. After her sister and father are kidnapped by a revived Mad Gear, Maki enlists the help of Mike Haggar and South American swordsman Carlos Miyamoto to rescue them. Afterward, she sets off to search for Guy to challenge him for the Bushin succession.

Voiced by: Miki Nagasawa (Street Fighter Alpha 3 note , Capcom vs. SNK 2)

  • Action Girl
  • Amazonian Beauty: Her appearances in Sakura Ganbaru!, CvS2, and SFA3 downplay this from her original design in Final Fight 2, but Maki's still shown to have notably defined biceps in most depictions.
  • Ascended Extra: Of all the characters introduced in the SNES Final Fight sequels, she was the only one to become playable in this series. She also gets an expanded role in the UDON comic series, as well as a bit part in Sakura Ganbaru!
  • Biker Babe: She used to be a biker gang leader in the past. Not that you would ever know that without reading it in a manual.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: A female example, which will come off as confusing to players of the English versions of Final Fight 2, where she was changed into a peace-loving girl who detested violence.
  • Boobs of Steel: She seems to have been rewarded with them in her later appearances (according to her bio, she's about equal in terms of cup size with Cammy). Keep in mind that she has a haymaker in her arsenal, as well as a boatload of aerial slams to back her up.
  • Canon Immigrant: She's the only character from Final Fight 2 who made a return appearance as a player character.
  • Cry Cute: The ending of Final Fight 2, which makes her a Badass Adorable.
  • Cute Bruiser and Fragile Speedster: Yes, she's both.
  • Delinquent: According to official supplementary material, she used to be a gang leader in high school and still dyes her hair as a tribute to those days.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Her moves in Final Fight 2 are very similar to her brother-in-law, with only a few subtle differences. She has a bit more variety in Capcom vs. SNK 2 though. Personality-wise... not so much.
  • Highly Visible Ninja
  • Irony: She hates being treated as a damsel in distress yet ends up requiring Guy's intervention when she encounters Bison.
  • The Lad-ette
  • Mukokuseki: Her tumbling locks of blonde hair definitely qualify her for this, although it is stated that she does dye it.
  • Nice Shoes: Not as notable as her brother-in-law, but she wears sneakers all the same.
  • Ninja
  • Out of Focus: Aside from her stint in Alpha 3 and CvS2 and her goal to defeat Guy to become the 40th Bushin master, no mention of Maki (or any of Guy's family, for that matter) has been made since.
  • Panty Shot: In the portable versions of Alpha 3 and Capcom vs. SNK 2. Just so you know, they're black.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: Alas, this aspect of her costume didn't make it over to the SF series.
  • She's Got Legs
  • Simple Staff: A tonfa to be exact.
  • Spin Attack: The Reppukyaku.
    • Cast from Hit Points: Just like in FF2, the Reppukyaku drains a set portion of Maki's vitality when used in CvS2 and SFA3.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: She plays the role of tomboy to her older sister Rena, who is very much a Yamato Nadeshiko.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail
  • Tsundere: Classic Type 1 (aka "tsuntsun") towards Guy, but in a non-romantic context. She's also quite "deredere" around her sister and father, which is probably why many thought she had a thing for Guy, the only Bushin ninja we've been introduced to (aside from Zeku) who was not family.
  • Wall Jumper: Of the command input variety; the move (Hassoukyaku) can end in either a kick or a grab.

    Sodom - USA 
"Die job death car?" (Daijobu desu ka? - Are you ok?)

An American Japanophile decked in a Samurai-like armor and helmet, Sodom was a member of the Mad Gear gang, working as an underground wrestling promoter in a secret ring within Metro City's subway system. After the downfall of the gang in Final Fight, he attempts to revive the Mad Gear gang under his leadership, attempting to recruit his former allies, as well as Japanese sumo wrestlers like E. Honda.

Voiced by: Wataru Takagi (Street Fighter Alpha series)

  • Anti-Villain: Despite trying to rebuild a gang that terrorized Metro City for years, he isn't precisely evil, especially when compared to the other bad guys of the series. He saves Rolento in the latter's Alpha 3 ending, and seems to have befriended E. Honda after the events of Alpha 2. See Heroic Sacrifice below for more.
  • Blood Brothers: Him and Rolento, although this is only by Sodom's admission.
  • Bowdlerise: Renamed "Katana" in the SNES ports of Final Fight and Alpha 2 due to his name bearing religious references. Not to mention other things...
  • Cool Mask/Cool Helmet
  • Dual Wielding
  • Dumb Muscle: Although he doesn't tend to show any truly egregious stupidity.
  • Evil Counterpart: He may not be explicitly evil, but he's certainly the flipside to Guy's coin.
  • Flanderization: Sodom's misguided fascination with Japanese culture in Final Fight became more of an obsession in the Alpha series, to the point that the Japanese versions of the games has all of his dialogue in broken Japanese.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: Being an American samurai, he gets his Japanese pronunciations completely wrong. He didn't even get the character he wrote on his shirt right.
    • This is specifically stated as part of his character, and is done on purpose. Sodom is the equivalent of a guy who just really, really likes Kurosawa, and took a class or two.
      • Then there's his ending in Alpha, where he decides to rebuild Mad Gear under a different name... which is just the kana equivalent to Mad Gear written in kanji. The others promptly call him out on it.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In his Alpha 3 ending, he sacrifices himself to stop Bison once and for all. By driving his decorated truck into the Psycho Drive in a kamikaze attack, no less.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: In Final Fight and his X-Ism mode in Street Fighter Alpha 3.
  • Leitmotif: His Alpha/Alpha 2 theme is a combination of the BGMs from both the Warehouse and Metro City Subway Areas, with a hint of the Peter Gunn theme.
    • His boss theme from Final Fight has been referenced in his X-Ism theme from Alpha 3.
  • McNinja: He tries to be a McSamurai. Whether he means to be a ninja or is actually trying to look like a football samurai is unknown, but whatever it is, he's doing a terrible job at it.
  • Occidental Otaku
  • Put on a Bus: If Poison's opening in USFIV is anything to go by, by the time IV takes place, Sodom has gone off to create a Yakitora restaurant.
  • Worthy Opponent: Despite his enmity towards Guy for besting him back during the time of Final Fight, he still holds the Bushin ninja in high regard as a fighter.

    Rolento - USA 
"Mission Complete!"

Full name Rolento F. Schugerg. A German-American mercenary, Rolento formerly served the American special forces unit the Red Berets before joining Mad Gear as sub-leader, managing the gang's secret drug plant located at Metro City's Industrial Area in the original Final Fight. After the downfall of the gang, he decided to create a Utopian nation of elite soldiers, hoping to recruit both former allies (Sodom) and adversaries (Guy and Cody), to his cause. Reappears in SF 4 trying to defeat Seth and take his technology for his army.

Voiced by: Jin Yamanoi (Street Fighter Alpha 2, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Capcom vs. SNK 2, Street Fighter X Tekken, Ultra Street Fighter IV; Japanese), Dameon Clarke (Street Fighter X Tekken, Ultra Street Fighter IV; English [as Alan Smithe])