Tear Jerker: Street Fighter

Somehow, even Street Fighter manages to get in on the heartstring tugging action.

Moments from the Games

  • In Super Street Fighter 4, a couple of the endings are genuinely sad, namely Guile and T Hawk's endings. Guile's is more bittersweet, as he visits Charlie's grave and has a toast on it, vowing to finish his takedown of Shadaloo so that Charlie can have closure. T Hawk's is genuinely depressing, as he finds Juli/a with Rose's help, but her experience with Shadaloo has totally traumatized her, and she is unable to remember who Hawk even is. Guile's can put a bit of a glow in your heart knowing that he succeeded, since Shadaloo is gone by Street Fighter 3's events, so Charlie can rest in peace, but Hawk's ending is probably one of the most depressing things you would ever see in a fighting game.
  • Guile's original ending in SFII was a big-ass tearjerker, actually. Julia and Amy practically have to beg Guile to not kill Bison because they don't want him to lower himself to commit deliberate murder and plead with him to return home with them. One single, simple phrase can still make a player sniffle like a little child once in a while:
    Guile: "A-Amy? Is that... my little Amy...?
  • The Alpha series gives us Juni's downright heartbreaking ending, where she and Juli (aka Julia, T. Hawk's friend/girlfriend) hug each other in front of Bison's body as they become Empty Shells (And they won't get better for a LONG time.) The montage in which Charlie and Chun-Li discuss the project that made them borderline Robot Girls really dosn't help.
    Juni: We are... we are... Always... Sir Bison's...
  • Whether you ship Guy and Rose or not, the scene in Guy's ending where Guy holds Rose in his arms and begs her not to give into darkness is pretty heartwretching. And it becomes a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming in Rose's own ending, since she hears his voice and manages to wake up.
  • Bison's Dolls are innocent girls who were kidnapped and brainwashed to become super soldiers. Most of them remember nothing of their past lives, are completely loyal to Bison, and even after Bison's death, the nightmare doesn't end. In IV they're kept in capsules since Seth plans to experiment on them all until they die, which is barely averted by Cammy's effort; and later we learn how Juni and Juli are so badly traumatized that Juni can't remember anything and, as said above, Juli is near-catatonic. The paragraphs below make everything even worse...
  • Decapre's ending in Ultra Street Fighter IV. To put it mildly; Cammy may have become an agent for Bison all over again, just to save her "sister" Decapre.
  • Cody's entire character developement from Final Fight to Street Fighter. In Final Fight, Cody and his best friend Guy fought to rid the city of the Mad Gear gang, and rescue Cody's girlfriend Jessica. And while both were lauded as heroes, Cody was thrown into prison by a corrupt cop he had defeated along the way. While in prison, he develops an addiction to fighting that he carried with him when he got out, resulting in him walking the streets, looking for even the slightest reason to fight. When he is thrown back into jail, everybody but his best friend Guy abandons him. Eventually, he breaks out of prison to enter the various World Warrior tournaments. And while deep down, Cody is still a hero who longs to return to what he once was, he seems to have mostly convinced himself that he can never be a hero again.
  • In Street Fighter IV all of the titles unlocked by using a character tell something deeply personal about them, when they aren't being funny in a cheeky way. What's one of Ryu's title cards? "Wish I had a family". OUCH! If Street Fighter Assassins Fist and/or Street Fighter Alpha: Generations are canon, Gouken may be his biological father by Goutetsu's daughter Sayaka.
  • In Gen's base SF4 Arcade Mode opening, he speaks to the deceased Dorai (Chun-Li's father) about how his daughter has grown into an admirable woman...and then grabs his chest in pain and flashes back to when his cancer prevented him from saving Dorai from bring kidnapped by M.Bison, all the while cursing his frail body, clearly blaming himself for Dorai's death.
  • Charlie sacrificing himself at the end of Alpha 3. To elaborate; him, Chun-Li and Guile have just infiltrated Bison's base and are planting explosives to destroy the Psycho Drive. As they are doing so, Bison ambushes them and incapacitates the three of them. As he approaches Guile to kill him, Charlie tackles Bison and orders the others to leave while he holds Bison back. Several minutes later, the base explodes, taking Charlie and Bison down with it. Meanwhile, Guile is watching the explosion and is implied to be crying. Some time later, Guile holds Charlie's dogtags and swears to honor his memory, while at the same time holding some small hope that he is still alive somewhere.
    • There's a brief Crowning Moment of Awesome in there. Charlie manages to hold his own against Final Bison, explicitly stated to be the strongest Bison has ever been, for at least several minutes while already injured.
    • Street Fighter V makes it even worse by confirming that Charlie did indeed survive, but was mangled horribly, and apparently underwent extensive and horrific surgery, and now resembles a stitched-together monstrosity. One can only wonder how Guile will react.
      • It's a lot worse than that. Charlie's body may have recovered, but his mind certainly has not. Gone is the cool-headed but passionate beacon of justice and mentor to Guile from Alpha. In his stead is a cold-blooded, cynical, and ruthless assassin who will not hesitate to remove any obstacles in his way of his goal, even if said obstacles are people he once called friends.

From the film

  • Guile's (fake) death earlier on can qualify to those of us who watch the movie without much familiarity with the series, and so end up getting the impression he was Killed Off for Real.
  • Charlie is mutated and tortured halfway into insanity, and then he, and the man who tried to help him die in an explosion. Talk about depressing!
  • Before the final battle, Guile reminisces some happy memories he had with Charlie with Worth Fighting For by Angelique Kidjo playing.

Moments from the Animated Media (original animated movie, Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation, Street Fighter Alpha: Generations, the USA cartoon, SFII V, The Ties that Bind, etc.)

  • Street Fighter II V gives us Fei Long's intense and tearful Heroic BSOD when he thinks Dorai is dead.
  • The scene from The Ties That Bind where Ryu snaps massively upon seeing Viper torture Cammy, practically loses himself to the Satsui no Hado out of anger and a tearful Sakura has to give him a Cooldown Hug to stop him is surprisingly powerful, and it's not helped by how Ryu slumps to his knees in horror upon coming back to his senses, with poor Sakura still hugging him, and a Grey Rain Of Depression falls on them both as well as on Ken and the injured Cammy.
  • From Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation, Shun's death in his "older brother" Ryu's arms.
  • Street Fighter Alpha: Generations may not be fully canon, but damn it is depressing. Specially in the flashbacks to Akuma and Gouken's more or less happy lives before it went From Bad to Worse, and the Bittersweet Ending where Akuma recovers some parts of his humanity after almost killing Ryu in battle (and mind you, this particular Alternate Universe all but states that Ryu is Akuma's son) and later the Old Master that Ryu befriends passes away, and Ryu leaves after mourning him.
  • Even the cartoon has one in "Eye of the Beholder." Blanka rescues the Japanese Prime Minister from an attack, only for the man to run away screaming that he's a monster. Blanka deals with his angst over being mutated for the rest of the series.

Moments from the comics.

  • It may not be canon, but Shadow is sure to make fans of Charlie shudder. Shadow is Charlie, after being captured by Bison post Alpha 3 and experimented on, tortured, and brainwashed. He is so far gone that he beats Guile to a bloody pulp without any hesitation, and is willing to attack Chun-Li, with whom Charlie was almost an Official Couple.
    • It becomes slightly heartwarming when Shadow breaks Bison's control and sacrifices himself to save Chun-li and Guile by destroying the cliff him and Bison are standing on with a Summersault Justice, which is specifically differentiated from Shadow Justice to show that for a brief moment, Charlie has regained control of himself.

Moments from fan works.

  • Ryu: Then and Now, an animated short made by Egoraptor (of Game Grumps and Awesome Series fame). The short begins with Ryu during the SFII days, getting ready to take on the world. It then skips ahead to 20 years later, in which he is now a businessman. The short ends with him looking at a picture of his young self and remembering the good ol' days, and starting to tear up as he does so. Anyone who grew up with the series is sure to shed a tear when watching this.
  • The two short movies made by ChubbyBoyFilms:
    • In the Balrog: Behind the Glory documentary, we see Balrog's father clearly torn up over how teaching his son to defend himself from bullies (the only time they ever really bonded, at that) was a misguided first step that led to him becoming a murderer and infamous criminal. Also, what caused him, the Heavyweight Champion of the World, to become said criminal: his trainer and the public drove him to become more and more vicious and fouling until he killed a challenger with a headbutt, and that got him banned from boxing and made into a joke.
    • While Vega's backstory is already sad enough, El Matador manage to make it worse by having young Vega try to intervene before his stepfather can murder his mother - only for both of them to fall out of the window, killing her instantly. And the end shows why he works for Bison: because he recognizes him as beautiful.