Comicbook / Street Fighter

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Loads And Loads doesn't even begin to cover it...

These Street Fighter comic books are provided by the U.S. / Canada writer / artist collective UDON. This is the second time the series has been adapted into comic book form, with the first being the three issue run by Malibu Comics.

Started in 2005, the book mostly chronicles Ryu and his path of a true fighter, plus Guile and Chun-Li's operation to bring down Shadowloo and its head, M. Bison. The story cuts to other fighters along the way who either interact directly with Ryu, get caught up in the military investigation, or are working for or have gained the ire of Shadowloo. The series was originally published by Image before moving to Devil's Due Publishing, but eventually UDON started self-publishing the whole thing.

Here the rundown of the series:

Main Series
  • Street Fighter: Based on Street Fighter Alpha. Chronicles Ryu's travels with his pupil Sakura, Guile and Chun-Li's efforts to track down M. Bison, and Cammy's defection from Shadowloo. 15 issues.
  • Street Fighter II: Follows the first half of the original game as Ryu goes to search for Akuma. 7 issues.
  • Street Fighter II: Turbo: The later half which features the tournament held by M. Bison. Closes out the "II" series. 13 issues.
  • Street Fighter IV: A mini series that doesn't fully follow the game; it features a story in which SIN kidnaps several Street Fighters for experimentation. Crimson Viper, Abel, and Seth are the central focus of this story arc with some glances at other characters of the game. Also includes a sneak preview of Juri from Super Street Fighter IV. 4 issues, plus a limited-edition #0 tie-in.
  • Super Street Fighter: Two volume series that follows Street Fighter III; Gill and the Illuminati make their move, Alex is introduced and Ryu is captured.
  • Street Fighter Unlimited: Continues on from Super Street Fighter as Gill's influence grows, Guile and Cammy find themselves trying to dig up dirt on the Illuminati after Chun-Li goes missing, and Ryu struggles with his inner demons after experiencing the Dark Hadou from the previous incident. 13 Issues.

At the end of most of the issues (mostly those in Turbo) are short stories involving characters from Street Fighter III and Final Fight.

Legends / Origins series

Comics that focus on one specific character. There are only four series so far.
  • Street Fighter Legends: Sakura: Focus on Sakura and her exploits. The first two issues follow her as she trains and help R. Mika against Zangief. The last few find her against her rival Karin, who goes to almost ridiculous lengths to try and beat Sakura. Features characters from Rival Schools.
  • Street Fighter Legends: Chun-Li: Centers on Chun-Li and her early days in the police academy. Features Dan and his father Go and their encounter with Sagat.
  • Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki: Starring Ibuki from Street Fighter III as she tries to live a double life as a ninja of her clan and a regular high school girl. Also features Makoto and Elena from the same game.
  • Street Fighter Origins: Akuma: Showcases Akuma's (and Gouken's) past, his rise on being a fighter and ultimately, his Start of Darkness.
  • Street Fighter V: The Life and Death(s) of Charlie Nash: UDON's first Street Fighter V-related piece of material, chronicles the circumstances of Charlie's revival after the first series and the Illuminati's influence over said event.
  • Street Fighter Legends: Cammy: The series returned back to it's legends moniker by focusing on Cammy as she tries to help free the other dolls still in Bison's servitude. The events of which eventually lead to the "Shadow Fall" story of Street Fighter V.

In 2016, it got into a crossover with G.I. Joe where Shadowloo teams up with COBRA to take over the world and of course the heroes of the Street Fighter-verse partner with the Joes to stop them. All of this conveniently taking place within a tournament. IDW Publishing however was in charge of that one and it has no bearing on this series. However it was soon announced that there will be an eight issue crossover with, of all things, Darkstalkers with UDON doing the crossover in December 2016.

As of July 2015, the early main series comics are viewable for free online, hosted by Hiveworks.

The series provides the following tropes:

  • Abusive Parents: Juri's. Or at least her mother. Her dad is genuinely distraught after Juri is shot in the face, and can be seen screaming in anguish before she loses consciousness.
  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • Lots. For example, Sakura's lack of appearances between Street Fighter Alpha III and Street Fighter IV are shown to be because she's in high school. Although AFTER she graduates, it's outright stated she's Ryu's student full time. It takes Bison (really Twelve doing X.C.O.P.Y.) and Urien tag teaming her and Ryu to change the situation for the worse...
    • Likewise, the comics also explain why so many of the new characters introduced in the Street Fighter Alpha games (Prequels to Street Fighter II) weren't in the original Street Fighter II games. It turns out that a number of Alpha characters like Rainbow Mika and Rolento tried out for the tournament, but were all eliminated in the preliminary qualifying matches.
  • Afro Ass Kicker: One of the people Crimson Viper kidnaps for S.I.N. is a female martial artist with a huge afro. We never see her in action, but she's apparently a skilled enough fighter that she ended up on S.I.N.'s radar.
  • Alliterative Name: Besides Cammy White and Keith Wolfman, everyone in Delta Red. Lita Luwanda, Matthew McCoy, and George Ginzu.
  • All-Loving Hero: Elena tries to befriend everyone, including Makoto, who is visibly hostile towards her. She does the same with Necro and Effie who likewise initially spurn her greeting.
    Elena: My motto is to assume everyone's my friend unless they prove otherwise.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Plenty, but Akuma takes the cake.
  • The Atoner: Cammy to Chun-Li in this version after she's freed from Bison's control. It was she who (supposedly) murdered her father.
  • Ax-Crazy: Vega who gains the largest body count of a single character in the series, including Gen.
  • Badass in Distress: Street Fighter Unlimited #1 ends with Vega revealing a Bound and Gagged Chun-Li. A flashback in issue #3 reveals that she got captured while trying to infiltrate the Spanish branch of Shadaloo.
  • Balance Between Good and Evil: Ryu finally manages to master the Haidou power not by giving into it's evil nature or suppressing it. Rather experiencing both sides and learning to control both light and dark powers within himself.
  • Big Eater: Ryu, much to Sakura's surprise.
    A true martial artist approaches their meal like they would any other opponent — with focus and determination.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Cammy and Charlie at the start of the series, and Blanka and Dee Jay later on. Ken, E. Honda, and T. Hawk near the end of II Turbo.
  • Break the Cutie: After Ryu is kidnapped, Sakura willingly gives in to the Satsui no Hado just to bring him back. Think about that for a moment.
  • Broad Strokes / Pragmatic Adaptation: The comics adapt the basic plot of the various games, but certain events and character introductions are changed or moved to tell a more coherent story.
    • The comics also attempt to account for certain events left unexplained in the video game canon, such as why almost none of the characters from the prequel Street Fighter Alpha games were present in the Street Fighter II series (which was produced long before Alpha but chronologically takes place later).
  • Call Back: In Super Street Fighter Volume 1, the final panel is a remake of the box art for Street Fighter Alpha 2, except Sakura is in Ryu's place and the sky is red, with Sakura seemingly about to make a Deal with the Devil...
  • The Cameo: In issue 9 of the Street Fighter II comic, Dr. Wily makes an appearance.
    • Allen Snider from Street Fighter EX makes a background appearance as one of the spectators in a fight between Ryu and Charlie.
    • Lupin III appears in issue 2 of Turbo II.
    • In Haggar's fight with Zangief, there are many other Saturday Night Slam Masters characters in the audience.
    • Q, Rufus, Demitri and a few others can be seen in the audience if one looks closely.
    • Skullomania from the Street Fighter EX series can briefly be seen watching Sakura meditate in issue #3 of her mini-series.
    • Damnd and some Mad Gear mooks show up and make trouble in a restaurant in New Generation.
    • In New Generation, Shapeshifter Twelve briefly transforms into Mike, Joe, Eagle, and Lee from the original 1987 Street Fighter game, as well as Maki from Final Fight 2.
    • The back-up in issue #11 of Unlimited ends with Gill meeting Jedah in Hell after being killed by Ryu. This sets up the crossover with Darkstalkers.
  • Canon Foreigner: Gibson, Guile's Girl Friday.
  • Captain Ersatz: Fei Long faces off against stand-ins of Iron Monkey, the Drunken Master, the Master of the Flying Guillotine, and other classic kung fu movie characters, while Chun-Li contends with human versions of the Furious Five.
  • Cerebus Retcon: The death of Dan's father in Legends: Chun-Li.
    • Sakura is shown several times communicating and taking Busman Holiday trips with Ryu.
  • Character Development: Over the course of the various series, Sagat slowly lets go of his quest for vengeance and finally attains inner peace.
  • Cliffhanger Cop Out: Unlimited #6 ends with the tournament participants surrounded by Secret Society members, and Gill telling his followers to give the fighters a proper welcome. The next issue immediately begins with it being revealed that he meant that literally. The Society members remove their masks and cordially greet the contestants.
  • Cloning Blues: The case of Cammy, especially when she find out what's behind the mask of Decapre (one of Bison's dolls).
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Zangief and E. Honda face this in the Japanese eliminatory of the tournament, just for Vega's amusement.
  • Crossover:
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Gill vs Dark Ryu and Oni. His power is so grand that he instantly forces the two to revert to normal without a scratch on him.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Proving herself to be something of a Badass Bureaucrat, Gibson manages to free herself after being kidnapped by Shadowloo, and then survives diving out of a Helicopter and into the San Francisco Bay.
  • Darker and Edgier: Chun-Li's Legends series. Go Hibiki's death is particularly harsh.
    • This is revisited in Unlimited when Dan finally corners Sagat. An (eventually) repentant Sagat offers his head, and Dan, clearly tempted, simply walks away with bitter tears, saying the only thing he wants is his father back. For someone whose even more of a Butt Monkey than he is in the games, the comics play his hang-ups with his father's death tragically straight.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The Legends series.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: It turns out that the seemingly resurrected M. Bison was actually Twelve posing as him.
  • Demonic Possession: After Alex kills Gill, Gill's disembodied spirit takes over Alex's body for the final battle.
  • Dirty Old Man: While training Ryu on the beach, Oro stops to gawk at some beautiful women in bikinis.
    Oro: My dear boy, taking a moment to pause in deep meditative appreciation of the female form in its most nubile, uninhibited beauty is never a waste of time.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Sean to Sakura.
  • Ditto Fighter: Twelve, as in the games. In this case, he seems to be capable of copying moves only if he's seen them before — when he fights Dhalsim, he has the moves of characters from the original Street Fighter, namely Eagle, Joe, Mike, and Lee. After he "loses", he acquires Dhalsim's moves.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Juri does it twice:
    • When Necro and the other Secret Society agents attack Seth, Juri switches sides and deals the knockout blow to Seth. She then offers her services to the Secret Society.
    • When Guile later has M. Bison on the ropes, Juri takes the opportunity to step in and finish off Bison herself. Unfortunately for her, it turns out Bison was actually Twelve.
  • Doomed Hometown: M. Bison nukes Rose's village.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Juri allies herself with M. Bison and his organization, but secretly plans to destroy him in order to avenge her murdered parents.
  • Dream Intro: The Street Fighter Unlimited series opens with Evil Ryu beating Sakura, Ken, and Gouken to death. Then Ryu wakes up to discover this was all just a nightmare he was having while meditating.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Despite being a merciless killer throughout much of his life, Gen stops short from killing Chun Li after she witnessed him killing an assassin. The moment serves as Gen's turning point for his character.
    • Crimson Viper is more than willing to assault and capture innocent people while working undercover in S.I.N., but experiences a crisis of conscience after she kidnaps Sakura and realizes that the teenager will be tortured and possibly killed due to her connection with the Satsui no Hado.
  • Evil Feels Good: What Ryu struggles with through most of the Unlimited series, admitting that taking in the Dark Haidou powers within himself and letting it overcome him actually felt good. This scares him however as he knows if he gives into it, he'll be the same as Akuma. Yet can't see any other way to beat him without using it. He gets around it by balancing both sides, allowing him to keep his sense of self.
  • Evil Twin: The Four Kings and Guile, Ken, Ryu and Chun Li find they've been invited to an island with an evil clone of Bison... And seven other clones as well. Leads to all of them fighting their EvilTwin, though in one move, Ryu and Bison do a Switch Out Move that lead to each man trouncing the other's clones.
  • Facepalm Of Doom: Bison holds Charlie this way in the first issue.
  • Genki Girl: Elena.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: The penultimate issue of Unlimited has almost every surviving character show up to help fight Gill.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • Sagat becomes a good guy after Bison's defeat.
    • Necro starts off as a bad guy working for Gill, but switches sides after Gill hurts Elena, whom had earlier befriend Necro.
    Necro: I once thought this world and all the people in it could go to Hell, but now I know there are some things-and some people-out there worth saving!
  • Honor Before Reason: A short story in the 2014 Free Comic Book Day special shows a young Akuma being offered a lucrative gig in an underground fight club. When Akuma states that there's no honor in such a thing, the club's owner tells him that the Japanese notion of honor is outdated and useless in the capitalistic, post-World War II world they live in. Akuma initially accepts the offer, but throws it all away when he kills his opponent in disgust and storms off.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: In Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki, the main character's best friend Sarai refuses to speak to her after she notices her hanging around with Elena (a capoeira expert from Kenya) and Makoto (a karate master from Japan). When they reconcile months later, Sarai confesses her reasons for abandoning her friend:
    Sarai: I'm not a ninja, or a karate champ or a six foot tall Amazon princess. I'm just a regular girl. You get to be someone special and I don't.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Dan Hibiki falls straight into this as his Day in the Limelight story in Hyper Fighting shows. He might be an arrogant braggart with delusions of grandeur, but his training revolves around helping people, from getting a kid his stolen bike back, to helping people in an old folk's home enjoy a day out. He also constantly tries to help people avoid becoming consumed by revenge, a sign of his Character Development.
  • Killed Off for Real: Gen, though it was inevitable due to his sickness. When Akuma comes to fight him, he accepts his impending death with dignity.
  • Latex Perfection: Juni poses as Guile's secretary in II using an impeccable mask. The only tip off that something is amiss is the fact that she forgot to take the real secretary's glasses after leaving her Bound and Gagged (luckily for her, Guile thinks she's wearing lenses).
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: One of the kidnapped fighters in IV looks like Reptile, save for his mask being grey a la the movie.
    • The rapper Dee Jay is shown collaborating with in the beginning of New Generation looks suspiciously like Kanye West.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Happens more often then not.
  • Lighter and Softer: The comic book series, for the most part, is a light-hearted adaptation of the series.
  • Mercy Kill: Ryu begs Sakura and Dan to kill him before the Satsui no Hado can consume him and turn him evil. They attempt to comply, but Akuma intervenes and stops them.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Necro has this reaction after Alex tricks him into electrocuting Effie.
  • Mythology Gag: Plenty, the UDON crew really did their homework with this one. Many characters from the oft forgotten first game make appearances as well as Expies of original characters from the animated series and the various manga.
    • To mention a few examples, Charlie becomes Shadow... Temporarily.
    • Chun-Li's father is modeled (and named) after Dorai, her father in Street Fighter II V.
    • Likewise, her friend and partner Po-Lin originated in the Street Fighter II manga from the 90's.
    • In Legends: Chun-Li, Sagat lifts up Dan by his face before casually tossing him aside, a reference to one of his special intros in the Street Fighter Alpha games. The intro was itself a reference to the piece of official Street Fighter II: Champion Edition art that inspired Dan's creation, which showed Sagat gripping a defeated Dan by the face in a similar fashion.
    • The place where Ryu goes to meet Dhalsim in India is the very stage from the Street Fighter II game!
      • Ryu going to learn from Dhalsim is, in itself, a nod to Street Fighter II V, where Ryu and Ken go to India to learn about the Hadou from Dhalsim.
    • The fact that Delta Red find Blanka and Dee Jay as Shadaloo flunkies is a nod to the live-action film, although it's never stated who Blanka was before becoming a test subject (and he and Charlie are clearly separate characters) and Dee Jay is Brainwashed and Crazy rather than acting on his own volition.
    • A few of the Street Fighter III titles such as Second Impact or Third Strike are mentioned in dialogue.
    • Cammy's simulation test after she returned to Shadowloo is very reminiscent of her introduction in the Street Fighter II animated movie. Cammy's target has a resemblance to George W. Bush.
    • During the Legends: Sakura mini-series, Dan has a vivid nightmare where he and Sakura battle each other in what turns out to be a Darker and Edgier / Serious Business version of Puzzle Fighter II.
    • Sakura eventually becomes consumed by the Satsui no Hado and transforms into Dark Sakura, much like in the non-canonical Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter game.
    • When Juri confronts who she thinks is Bison over her parent's death, she remarks that he wouldn't remember the incident since it was "Just another ordinary Tuesday."
    • In Unlimited, Chun-Li is forced to wear one of her alternate costumes from Street Fighter IV and Street Fighter V after being captured by Vega. This is actually a double example, since it's also a nod to the scene in the live-action movie where Chun-Li is forced to wear a red version of her game outfit while being held captive by Bison.
    • Mech-Zangief, Cyber-Akuma and Zero Akuma appear in Unlimited #10's backup story, which is an homage to the infamous Street Fighter 2010 Dolled-Up Installment.
    • Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz's variant cover for Street Fighter vs. Darkstalkers #1 is an homage to the Capcom Secret Files booklet for X-Men vs. Street Fighter, which was also used as an arcade flyer for the game.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: A large part of Cammy's eventual freedom from her brainwashing stems from Vega actively reprogramming her twice. Largely because he feels that beautiful people such as him and Cammy shouldn't have that done to them and partly because he just likes screwing around with Bison's plans.
  • Prison Rape: While Dan is leading a meditation class for prison inmates, a Scary Black Man says he likes his pink gi and asks him to stay a while.
  • Pro Wrestling Is Real: This series has it both ways; R. Mika's actual wrestling matches (i.e., the stuff that happens off panel) are scripted, while Zangief is baffled by the concept and has never heard of such a thing before. This has roots in SF canon; the series takes place in the same world as the Saturday Night Slam Masters games. Not only is wrestling real, but Zangief's old sparring partner Biff Slamkovich is upset that some people think it isn't.
  • Removing the Rival: It's mentioned in passing that all of the other men and women who entered the hot dog eating contest Karin and Sakura had signed up for had mysteriously dropped out the day before the competition. It's heavily implied Karin paid off all of them to make sure the contest came down to her and Sakura.
  • Reverse Mole: Cammy in II Turbo for the heroes side, thanks to Vega's intervention.
    • Ditto for Crimson Viper in IV.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black:
    • Karin pretty much always wears her sailor uniform, even when not actually at school. After she graduates, she switches to her new outfit from Street Fighter V.
    • Ibuki switches back and forth. Sometimes she'll don her ninja outfit for fights, but she does fight in her school uniform on at least one occasion.
    • Sakura is most often seen in her sailor fuku, but switches to a gi similar to Ryu's after she graduates high school (although she only wears the top and belt, with shorts and sneakers from the waist down).
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: After kidnapping Sakura and a number of other fighters while undercover, Crimson Viper blows her cover and frees the hostages before they can be tortured and disposed of.
  • Serious Business: Lampshaded in the third issue of the Sakura mini-series. A news crew arrives on the scene to cover Sakura's battle with Karin, and the anchor is shown sighing and bemoaning how slow the news day must be for the station to ask them to cover a brawl between two teenagers.
  • Shotgun Wedding: The "marry-the-girl-you-knocked-up" variant is mentioned by Ken when he mentions to Ryu that Eliza's pregnant in #6 of the original series:
    We've been engaged for, like, forever, but this is a whole new ballgame. Hope her dad doesn't whip out the shotgun when I get back...
  • Shout-Out:
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Dan Hibiki, as always. He thinks he's all that, but he's so not.
  • Start of Darkness: Juri receives one in "New Generation"; She was the daughter of a cop investigating Shadowloo, and lost her eye and her family in a Shadowloo attack. After recovering, she turned her anger towards Tae Kwon Do, and the rest is history.
    • Sakura, in frustration for not being strong enough to keep Ryu from the Illuminati, starts drawing upon the influence of the Satsui no Hado... And that eventually lures out Akuma.
  • Switch Out Move: How Bison and Ryu beat their clones.
  • Take Me Instead: In the climax of Super Street Fighter, Ryu brings Sakura out of her Dark Hadou state by absorbing the power into himself.
  • Take That!: Birdie mentions having chased a gang of "candy-asses" called the Raging Storms out of his neighborhood.
  • The Chosen One: Alex is revealed to be a descendant of those who used to belong to the Secert Society, went against them and were exiled. As such, he shares their bloodline with Gill and Urien. This allows him to defeat the Twelve robots easily when Guile, Chun-li and Cammy couldn't even dent them when all four fought them. Urien uses him to try to thwart Gill's plan to vaporize the world since his genetic makeup allows him to use the Bleece device without the failsafe (which Gill had installed to keep Urien from using it) and use it against Gill. It nearly works...except Gill takes over Alex's body after Alex destroys his original body.
  • There Are No Rules: When Poison cheats by handcuffing Mika during their match, the referee says it's fine since this sort of thing happens in professional wrestling all the time.
  • These Hands Have Killed: Gen had no qualms with this until he was forced to kill a Geki ninja in front of a young Chun-Li. This ends up becoming the greatest regret of his life, and he swears to never kill again.
  • Tournament Arc: Kinda unavoidable since it's based off the games. The II Turbo series is mostly the main focus of this.
  • Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty: Of course a few of the fighters will play dirty to win battle. One of the more ridiculous examples is Karin from Sakura's legends series. She challenges her to a hot dog eating contest and once she actually has her full, goes to attack her on the spot. It nearly works if not for the Rival Schools cast jumping in for the save.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Sean and Laura Matsuda, who are of Afro-Brazilian and Japanese descent.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Bison returns in the Super Street Fighter graphic novels after having perished during the Street Fighter II adaptation. Even the characters in-universe are baffled as to how he could still be alive. Turns out it's actually Twelve posing as Bison.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Gill's deal in the Unlimited series. He wishes to destroy the entire planet using Evil Ryu's Dark Haidou powers as an energy source to power Seth's BLEEC invention so he can cleanse the Earth of all he deems unworthy and rebuild it anew as it's savior.
  • Villain Team-Up: Bison (or someone passing for him) is shown to be working with the Illuminati in Super. It turns out this is just Twelve in disguise.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Gill performs various good deeds to get the public on his side.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Sakura pukes after competing in a hot dog eating contest, but the audience is only shown the disgusted reactions of Kei and her other friends.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Turbo ends with a montage showing what each of the surviving fighters ended up doing after Bison's death. Super opens with a Where Are They Now? Prologue, showing what's happened to several of the retired fighters after the Time Skip.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Hugo refuses to wrestle Rainbow Mika because he doesn't want to hurt a cute girl. Poison ends up having to substitute for him.

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