Full name Crimson Viper. A spy from the CIA acting as a mole in Seth's organization. She was sent to gather data on S.I.N. (Shadaloo Intimidation Network) and its BLECE Project, and to stop them. Her real name is Maya and she has a daughter named Lauren.
Action Mom: She's stated to have a daughter in the game, and in the tie-in film, the little girl is shown in several scenes. And in the ending animation sequence of her Arcade Mode in Super Street Fighter IV, she meets up with Lauren, giving her a hug and telling her that she loves her.
Bare Your Midriff: Her default and first alternate costumes, the alternate more so than the default.
Bifauxnen: Subverted—When first introduced, her back braid was not seen a lot, and if it wasn't for her breasts, she might've passed as a guy, what with wearing a tuxedo. Now that it's known that she has that braid...
Capcom vs. Whatever: She joined the cast of Marvel vs. Capcom 3, being the first of the new Street Fighter characters to be in a Vs. game. This meant she achieved in three years what several Capcom characters have failed to do in many: appear in a Vs. game.
The Dragon: She's played as one for Seth in Street Fighter IV and in the tie-in film, but she's apparently a reverse mole instead.
Eye Beams: Possibly in response to fan demand for Cyclops that never panned out in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, her shades get the ability to do this in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 as a special known as Optic Laser.
Foreign Fanservice: American, and her 98cm bust is the biggest among any female in the series. Ironically, Chun-Li is still bigger in-game.
It also shows in some of her win quotes against certain opponents in SSFIV; while most of her comments are rather caustic, some of them have express a genuine interest in and sympathy for her opponents' personal situations.
(to Guile) "Whose dog tags are those? Ah, I see. You're fighting for a lost friend..."
(to Ibuki) "I used to skip school all the time, too. Those were the days..."
Lightning Bruiser: C. Viper is not only quick, but her combos deliver a ton of damage.
Also, due to her Thunder Knuckle attack, she's also a literal Lightning Bruiser...
Noodle Incident: A serious version: in her appearance in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, her win quote against M.O.D.O.K. is "Haven't had dealings with A.I.M. in a long time". This implies that she has a backstory of missions similar to the one she has in SFIV that we don't see anything of.
A ridiculously tall and large young Frenchman who uses mixed martial arts. He is an amnesiac who was taken in by a mercenary who rescued him from one of Shadaloo's bases. After the mercenary died, he decided to hunt down surviving members of Shadaloo, believing them to be the connection to his lost memories. He enters the Street Fighter IV tournament to find out Shadaloo's connection to the S.I.N. corporation.
Apologetic Attacker: More than one of his quotes have him either apologizing to his opponent or showing some worry for their well-being.
Cloning Blues: It is hinted in Seth's story mode and Abel's ending that Abel may be a clone of Seth, or perhaps Seth's original.
Confusion Fu: One of his unlockable titles is "Mixup Master."
Gratuitous French: He now actually uses a little French in his Street Fighter X Tekken appearance - "En garde, s'il vous plaît." ("Get ready please" more or less) and "Aidez-moi!" (Help!) when he tags out.
Loony Fan: In IV, his rival battle is against Fei Long. He's a huge fan of Fei Long's movies; when Fei Long meets him in Fei's rival battle, Abel expresses his admiration of the guy by picking a fight with him. You'll laugh when a sound byte of Abel saying, "I've seen all of your movies~!" plays after, say, Abel using his HCB + P command throw on Fei Long.
Quest for Identity: "Someone out there must know something about me. I've got to find them!"
Uh-Oh Eyes: His eyes briefly turn black during his Soulless Ultra, hinting at his connection to Seth.
Unnecessary Combat Roll: Abel incorporates the Marseilles Roll, a rolling maneuver, in his fighting style. Although, this move is actually effective when it comes to closing the distance on projectile-spamming foes, or dodging attacks, so it's actually a necessary combat roll.
Younger than They Look: Possibly as an homage to K' from The King of Fighters, who looks like he's in his 20s but is actually 16.
El Fuerte - Mexico
"In the ring or in the kitchen, no one can beat me!"
Chef of Iron: Type 1. He enters the tournament to find new recipe ideas.
Confusion Fu: El Fuerte has a normal move called Habanero Dash, where he runs towards you. Doesn't sound that bad, no? Well, this move has six different followup moves: evasive actions, high attacks, low attacks, air attacks, and throws. Given that they all start with that running animation, you might be realizing the big picture about now.
Cordon Bleugh Chef: The opinions on his cooking are mixed throughout the series, but his ending is another story: He mixes Chanko stew and Borscht, Honda and Zangief's favorite national foods, trying to quell the argument between them as to whose dish is better. One bite and they're both blue in the face.
Gratuitous Spanish: In T. Hawk's rival match with him, El Fuerte drops an audible "amigo" in his opening line. El Fuerte's English VA, J.B. Blanc, adds a few more Spanish words to his dialogue. He even refers to Zangief (during their rival fight) by using the Spanish translation of Zangief's own Red Baron moniker: "Tornado Rojo."
Joke Character: In-universe. He's a lethal chef with no concept of good cooking (and that is sadly what drives his motivation to fight).
Lethal Joke Character: On the "joke" side, he's got ludicrous premises, hammy voice actors, comical-looking attacks with silly food-themed names — it's difficult to take him seriously. On the lethal side, he's got a level of mobility second only to Vega, an unpredictable array of attacks, rapid aerial defense, and high comboability. In the right hands, he's got quite a lot going for him.
Hard Work Hardly Works: Subverted. At first glance, it looks like Rufus came up with his elaborate fighting techniques simply by watching kung-fu movies and eating like a pig. However, it's revealed that in order to refine his Kung Food, Rufus took on correspondence courses and later went to China to study under various masters.
I Know Mortal Kombat: The crux of his fighting style, as it is wholly based on things that he gleaned from watching martial arts flicks in his youth. Gets some credit because he traveled the world in order to sort out the reality from the fiction.
Rescue Romance: How Candy became his girl, as implied in his exchange with Rose:
Rufus: "I'll never forget when I first met my girl. It was a rainy day in October and I was on my way home from a fight. Suddenly, this chick came outta an' was all like 'Help!' I guess she pulled a dine an' dash, so I beat up the waiter that was chasin' after her!"
Averted in SSFIV. He actually does stay on topic better, even if he goes off from time to time.
Shown Their Work: An in-universe example. Rufus watches a lot of movies, and when he wanted to become a fighter, he traveled around the world to confirm which techniques in movies can or cannot be performed, in the process becoming a formidable fighter that is very, very easy to underestimate.
Unknown Rival: Inverse example. He counts himself as Ken's rival, but doesn't know who Ken actually is, and mistakes every blond character for him. Then played straight, as Ken has no knowledge of his existence prior to their match.
He mistakes Cammy for Ken, because of her hair color. Even besides the no pants, different appearance, and being female thing, you'd think he'd keep both hair color and length in mind.
He mistakes Makoto for Ken, because she uses a gi and goes barefoot. Try and top that.
This even goes beyond universe - in one of the trailers for Street Fighter X Tekken, he mistakes Bob for Ken, because he is blonde and wears red. It gets even more amusing when he goes flying past Ken himself later on in the trailer.
Unreliable Voice Over: He narrates his long road to becoming such a formidable fighter in the UDON comics... except when he talks about his tireless effort we see him watching TV late at night and eating like a pig. Though it's subverted when we're shown him jogging with two motorcycles strapped to his back.
Gouken is the master of Ryu and Ken and Akuma's older brother; he trained with Akuma under Goutetsu until Akuma killed their master in a Duel to the Death. Gouken refined the special techniques from the assassination art taught to him by Master Goutetsu into a non-lethal martial art, then passed on his knowledge to Ryu and Ken. He was believed to be dead, but he managed to survive his battle with Akuma by using the Power of Nothingness — which empties the mind and soul of all thought and sin — to render the Shun Goku Satsu useless. As a side effect, however, he was rendered unconscious for several years. Gouken now hopes to reunite with his pupils and test their strength.
Actor Allusion: Ookawa voiced Ryu back in 3rd Strike. In IV, Gouken has access to the Shin Shoryuken and Denjin Hadouken as Ultras, both of which were previously used by Ryu as Super Arts in III.
Ascended Fanon: He exists entirely because of fans clamoring for years for Capcom to make a real "Sheng Long."
Badass Grandpa: Never mind that he's the sagacious old man who taught Ryu and Ken how to fight, he canonically defeated Akuma prior to the first game (although Akuma would seemingly pay him back in a second duel, one which ended with the infamous Shun Goku Satsu). And when he comes back to settle the score, he manages to momentarily one-up his brother again by shrugging off the SGS.
Canon Immigrant: First appeared in a Street Fighter II manga before appearing in Akuma's ending the first Alpha and as a hidden challenger in IV. Before that, Ryu and Ken's master was just a nameless unseen character.
Counter Attack: His Kongoshin ("Diamond Body") will stop any non-armor breaking attack (in the right direction), then he simply stomps and sends his opponent flying across the screen. "It's no use!" indeed.
Dead All Along: In the Japanese dialogue in SSFIV, it's heavily implied that Gouken did die shortly after Akuma attacked him, and that his appearance in the game is actually his spirit. Traces of this were removed from the translations however.
Seth is the CEO of S.I.N, the (former) weapons division of Shadaloo. Seth modified his own body to include a S.I.N invention known as the Tanden Engine; the device is used to help Seth assimilate the abilities of anyone he fights. Seth also created the BLECE Project, which relies on ki to create super-soldiers (in this case, the Ki Seth uses is the Satsui no Hadou); he sees Ryu as the "ultimate test subject" and desires his untapped Satsui no Hadou to complete the BLECE project. Seth has another goal in mind, as well: surpassing his creator, M. Bison, before destroying him once and for all.
A God Am I: "Before long, a new age will dawn upon the earth and I shall rule over all!"
For Science!: His motivation. As well as potentially ruling the world, naturally.
Full-Frontal Assault: In his default and second alternate costume. Subverted in his first alternate costume, where Seth dons pants.
Gambit Pileup: Believes himself to be pulling the strings behind Shadaloo, when it could also work the other way around. Then, there's also the fact that unbeknown to him Juri is using his tournament as a cover for her own takeover of S.I.N.
Then there's the fact that Bison knew exactly what he was trying to do, and was using Seth to further his own as-of-now unknown goals.
Genre Savvy: He gets pretty meta about media and its influence on people in Fei Long's SFIV ending. Fei Long isn't exactly convinced, though.
Voiced by:Eri Kitamura (Super Street Fighter IV, Street Fighter X Tekken, Project X Zone; Japanese), Jessica Straus (Super Street Fighter IV, Street Fighter X Tekken; English)
Her full name is Juri Han, and her codename is "Spider"; she is a Taekwondo prodigy from South Korea who serves as an agent of S.I.N. She is testing out one of S.I.N's most advanced pieces of technology: a cybernetic eye implant known as the Feng Shui Engine. The implant, which a smaller version of Seth's Tanden Engine, takes ki energy from the surrounding nature and feeds it to the Engine's user to heighten their abilities and make them more powerful. Juri pledges loyalty to Seth in exchange for the "new toy", then enters the new Street Fighter tournament to test her new abilities... and further her own dark agendas. Juri is a dangerous, hedonistic sociopath who likes to taunt her opponents — and she doesn't care about anything but satisfying her dangerous whims.
Affirmative Action Girl: Part of the reason she was created was to fill two voids: a female villain and a Korean character. In her ethnicity's case, she is Capcom's first Korean character ever.
Cat Girl: The buns in her hair and the sash on her waist gives her the appearance of one. Not to mention her amazing flexibility.
Characterization Marches On: Compare her win quotes in Street Fighter X Tekken to some of her equivalents in SSFIV and she seems to have got more into her role as the series first villainess. A good example is against Blanka:
"I like to think I fight like a beast as well, but you're too wild for my taste." (Super Street Fighter IV)
"Your voice is like nails on a chalkboard, but not nearly as pleasant. I’ll tear out your throat and silence you forever!" (Street Fighter X Tekken)
Dark and Troubled Past: Juri's father was a fearsome prosecutor who relentlessly pursued people connected to Shadaloo to bring them to justice. He became Shadaloo's target and one day Juri's family car was sabotaged. Her father and mother died and she was severely injured, losing her left eye.
Energy Ball: Like many characters in the series, Juri is able to throw projectiles. Unlike any characters in the series, she throws them with her feet.
Even Evil Has Standards: In her OVA, Juri seems to hesitate when her only remaining possible victim (before Chun-Li rushes onto the scene) is a young child crying over his dead mother whose casualty was an unintended outcome of Juri's Feng Shui Engine test run. This likely stems back to Juri's own tragic backstory.
Voiced by: Shintarou Oohata (Super Street Fighter IV; Japanese), Lance Holt (Super Street Fighter IV; English)
The other new character introduced in Super Street Fighter IV line-up. He is stated to be the Turkish CEO of a cooking oil company, and a practitioner of the national sport of Yagli Gures otherwise known as oil-wrestling. His in-game self reflects this with lots of oiled-up grappling and even a move that has him apply more oil to his body, powering up his moves for a short time and making him faster.
There's an explanation for that: Hakan stays oiled up all the time. Turkey is a sunny place. What does Oil + Sunhine create? At first, a tan. But Hakan did go beyond that. Ken even notes that he "looks a little crisp." The hair is probably blue because he uses oil for that, too and they didn't want to give him black hair.
In reference to his hair—the appearance of Hakan's hair is a pun, as he is Turkish and the Japanese word for Turkey is "Toruko", his hair resembles stone and the Japanese word for stone is "Ishi", and his hair color is turquoise and the Japanese word for turquoise is "Toruko Ishi". This holds true for European languages as well: the English word turquoise comes from the Old French turqueise which literally means "Turkish [stone]".
Animal Motifs: Both his beltbuckle and the barrel that he uses to "oil up" seems to share the same leonine theme.
Anime Hair: His hair is curled into very short ringlets that look like giant barnacles. In one of his taunts, he expresses concern that his opponent will mess it up. His daughters◊ appear to have inherited this style, or at least style it like their father.
Chivalrous Pervert: Seems so. While he loves and cares for his wife and daughters, he's rather pleasant to the major part of the Action Girls in the cast (barring Viper and Juri), if his post-battle lines are signs.
Cultured Badass: In his own Turkish cultured way, he's pretty refined as well.
Doting Parent: Implied in his first line in his character trailer.
Confirmed in his ending, when the seven little girls come greet him and Hakan is quite happy to see them.
Everybody Knew Already: Despite Capcom's best efforts to keep him under wraps before his planned debut, he was mentioned as far back as September '09 when details of the game first emerged.
Remember the New Guy: Hakan and E. Honda are old friends, to the point where the former casually calls the later "Edmond". SSFIV marks Hakan's debut in the Street Fighter continuity. Also both of their fighting styles are similar.
Slippery Skid: His oiled-up body allows him slide along the floor into opponents.
The Idiot from Ankara: He speaks in Kansai-ben in the Japanese version, despite being Turkish. In the English version, he speaks with a thick Turkish accent instead.
You Gotta Have Blue Hair: A rather odd case. Most characters in Street Fighter who are clearly human in appearance run the entire gamut of naturally occurring hair colors. Hakan's is turquoise colored, probably as a result of oils. But when you look at his seven kids, it could be hereditary.
Debuting in Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition
Oni - ???
"I shall grind beneath my heel... all that exists."
Voiced by: Taketora (Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition; Japanese), Dave Mallow (Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition; English)
His full title is Kuruoshiki Oni ("Mad Demon"). This is the form Akuma takes when he reaches the absolute peak of his training; all of Akuma's remaining humanity is consumed in full by the Satsui no Hadou and he becomes a demon, although Oni views himself as transcending gods. Now that he has reached the peak of the Satsui no Hadou, he decides to destroy the world... possibly out of boredom.
Beating A Dead Player: The only character in IV to directly interact with the opponent during their win screen pose, Oni grabs his defeated challenger by the head/neck and slams them face-first into the screen, presumably killing them. That last part happens just off-screen, of course.
Bonus Boss: Oni appears as a secret boss by completing Arcade Mode under certain conditions, namely not losing a round, getting two Perfects, five Super or Ultra combo finishes, ten first attacks, and defeating Seth with a Super or Ultra combo.
True Final Boss: Oni falls into this, considering he's stronger than Akuma, Gouken, and Evil Ryu combined.
Evil Ryu and Oni appear to be rivals of sorts. So it's likely give and take with their power levels. Both are off the charts and by far the most powerful in the cast.
SNK Boss: Oni's A.I. is also harder than the aforementioned characters. He has more vitality and stun than the playable version and his moves are altered (for example, all of his chargeable moves are fully charged when he uses them).
Although the bonus boss doesn't get nearly as many complaints as Seth does. Evil Ryu is actually easier to abuse due to his ability to cancel his teleport into anything at any time. Capcom has long made the boss characters different than playable characters (Shin Akuma, Shin Bison, etc). Evil Ryu and Oni are seen to be rivals of sorts and are somewhat comparable in power, Super Saiyan Aura and all.
Although it could be not entirely a lie. Oni seems to be incapable of fully controlling his power like Akuma. We have also seen that he required a lot of effort to do a task (blow up a volcano) that Akuma would do in a bigger scale without much effort
Ground Pound: This happens at the beginning of his Ultra II and his Sekisei Jiraiken special move.
The Rival: To Asura in LostEpisode 2, where Akuma apparently somehow learned to control this form and use it at will without losing himself completely.
Given the situation, the transformation was more of a last resort. Still, it shows that he has some semblance of control this time around.
His rivalry with Ryu carries over from whatever little part of Akuma is left in him. Oni even seems pleased that Ryu's finally given into the Satsui no Hadou if you face him with Evil Ryu. Oni is also intrigued by the power/potential of certain characters and seeks to test them in a Worthy Opponent-like manner; most notably, Oni remarks that if Cody were to stop voluntarily holding himself back by wearing those handcuffs, he'd prove to be quite the challenge.
Say My Name: His Ultra activation quote in his Rival Battle against Gouken has Oni furiously belting out the name of his nemesis at the top of his lungs. Nothing more would probably suffice.
Super Mode: During several of his Supers, Oni turns jet black with glowing eyes and hair and Volcanic Veins on his fists and arms.
Poison is an ex-member of the Mad Gear gang, and currently acts as the manager of Hugo Andore. Despite her managerial duties, she herself is a quite a capable fighter. She and Hugo enter the tournament in 3rd Strike to promote their wrestling stable, the Huge Wrestling Army (or H.W.A.).
She has appeared as a background character in the Alpha games, as well as in Hugo's winposes and endings, but it wasn't until Street Fighter X Tekken that she finally became a playable character. And now, Poison finally makes her true debut into the main Street Fighter series proper, as a brand-new character introduced in the upcoming 2014 update, along with Hugo, Elena, Rolento, and Decapre.
'80s Hair: Bright pink, feathered tresses complete with wide, angular bangs. Justified, in that she made her Final Fight debut in 1989.
Unexpected Character: Averted in this case, as it was widely speculated that it would be incredibly easy to port her and the other X Tekken newcomers into Street Fighter IV. This is supported by there being quite a lot of desire by the fanbase to have her as a playable character in the first place.
Whip It Good: Her signature riding crop returns in all its glory.
Wrestler in All of Us: Her back throw is a frankensteiner, and after Love Me Tender can perform a Poison Rama on the foe to boot.
One of Bison's Dolls. While Juri ended up severely crippling the majority of the Dolls, Bison managed to keep at least one of them still active. Decapre's motives are unclear. She works under Bison's direct orders like the rest of the Dolls, and it is hinted that she is searching for Cammy as one of her targets. She also has memories of the scary childhood of growing up as a lab experiment.
Cool Mask: Has had two different types of metallic mask amongst her appearances, one which covers her face entirely and one which exposes her mouth and nose.
Cloning Blues: She's a clone of Cammy, but unlike Cammy, is still under Bison's manipulation. If Capcom takes anything from her character in the Udon comics (as they have done for other characters), then she's actually a failed prototype of Cammy.
Clothes Make the Maniac: The black mask on her face is certainly sinister looking, but it's unknown if it serves any combat purposes. In the Udon comics, half of her face is horribly burned and scarred.
The pre-production art that Capcom released shows that she's scarred here as well.
Energy Ball: Her Psycho Stream Ultra fires a large slow-moving one.
Flash Step: Has couple of teleporting moves which is accomplished with this.
Knife Nut: Uses claws like Vega, except these ones are retractable.
Moveset Clone: Averted, she only retains a couple of special attacks from Cammy, both of which she uses very differently. Her Cannon Drill is not only now a charge move, but it can ony be done in the air (while Cammy can only do hers on the ground). Meanwhile, her Cannon Strike is now a follow up to her new Scramble teleport move (whereas Cammy could do it anytime on jump in).