Trivia / Street Fighter

The series in general

Street Fighter: The Movie

  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Raul Julia's reason for making this film was because his kids thought it would be cool, so he did it for them.
  • California Doubling: During the assault scenes on Bison's fortress, the Gold Coast hinterlands of Queensland, Australia fill in for South East Asia. The copious number of gumtrees make it rather obvious.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Julia wanted the money for the role so he'd be able to make sure his two sons were taken care of.
  • Recursive Adaptation: Had not one, but two video games based on it, both titled Street Fighter: The Movie, one for the arcades and the other for home consoles. Despite having the same title, they're not ports of each other.
  • Romance on the Set: Jean-Claude Van Damme claims that he and Kylie Minogue had an affair while the former was married.
  • So My Kids Can Watch: Julia knew that he was about to make his last film, because he was dying of cancer, so he let his kids choose his last role.
  • Star-Derailing Role: Street Fighter became a minor case of this for Jean-Claude Van Damme; he was relegated to the B-list of martial arts superstars for 15 years until his self-titled movie, but kept a large following.
  • Throw It In: Julia ad-libbed Bison's "I guess you didn't SEE that, did you?!" line.
  • Troubled Production: This was Stephen de Souza's first time directing a film. Executive Meddling from Capcom, Julia's health and Van Damme's inflated ego put the movie over budget and behind schedule. Polygon went into more detail.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Early drafts of the script focused on Ryu and Ken as the main characters. However, when Van Damme signed on to appear in the film, he insisted on being Guile and making him the central character. So the script was rewritten.
    • The production team had originally made Guile and most of the "good" characters UN peacekeepers. But due to visits from representatives of the UN, they changed it to AN or Allied Nations.
    • In 2003, the movie was slated to finally have a sequel. Van Damme and Damien Chapa were to return as Guile and Ken, respectively, Holly Valance was to take over for Kylie Minogue as Cammy, Byron Mann was in talks to return as Ryu and Dolph Lundgren was supposed to appear in an unspecified role. However, once the rights to the franchise left Universal and went to Fox, the sequel was scrapped and turned into a reboot called Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, which was far less received than this cult classic. In the sequel, it would have been revealed that Blanka and Dhalsim survived and the chemicals that made Dhalsim bald also gave him his stretching powers.
    • The producers originally wanted Fabio to play Vega.

Street Fighter: The Animated Series

  • Actor Allusion: Akuma, voiced by David Kaye in "The World's Greatest Warrior", drops a dramatic "Yeeesss..."
  • Follow the Leader: The premise resembles G.I. Joe more than it does Street Fighter since Will Meugniot and Jim Graziano both worked on G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Initially released on DVD by ADV Films on two DVD sets, "Code of Honor" and "Soul Powers". Both releases went out of print when ADV Films went under. Fortunately, the show has since been rescued by Discotek Media for a DVD re-release. Before that, those who purchased Street Fighter 25th Anniversary - Collector's Set were treated to a Blu-ray Disc that contained the entire series.
  • Meme Acknowledgment: The Discotek re-release has an amusing back cover, with screenshots of Bison saying "YES! YES!", the infamous shrinking Dee Jay, and Guile shouting "BISON!" while flames shoot up behind him. You can tell the Discotek crew knew about the show's meme-filled nature and took advantage of it.
  • The Other Darrin: In "Strange Bedfellows" and "The World's Greatest Warrior", Akuma was voiced by David Kaye. However, in the former, the scene where Guile and Bison are in his cave, Akuma was voiced by Dale Wilson.
  • Role Reprisal: The Colombian Spanish dub shares the same voice cast with the dub of Street Fighter II V, due to the fact both series were sold to Latin American broadcasters as a part of the same package and were broadcasted one after the end of the another.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Ken, Blanka, and Rolento are all voiced by Scott McNeil, while Balrog, E. Honda, Dee Jay, T. Hawk, and Fei Long are all voiced by Paul Dobson.
    • It is very common to notice when a random mook or innocent bystander is voiced by one of the main characters' voice actors. Humorously enough, this actually gets subverted in one episode, where Burke (voiced by Gary Chalk) is spoken to by a random person that was also voiced by Chalk, but Rory (voiced by Scott McNeil) is the one that replies to the man, even interrupting Burke before he even uttered a single word to the other person.

The UDON comics