Before the fight in the ultimate world tournament, there was the fight...to fit in.
They would become the world's ultimate fighting champions. But first, they had to survive high school.
Street Fighter High is a Web Video series that was created by Jennifer Zhang and released in 2010, depicting the cast of the Street Fighter video-game series (or younger versions thereof) as students in high school, going through the usual (and not-so-usual) trials and challenges of high school life. The characters aren't portrayed very faithfully as according to the actual series' canon, but it's all Played for Laughs.At current, the series consists of two videos, Street Fighter High: Original and Street Fighter High: The Musical, both of which are presented in the format of extended movie trailers. There's also a trailer video for The Musical, plus behind-the-scenes videos and interviews with the creative team.The series has its own website where all the videos are placed, which can be accessed here, and the videos are also available on YouTube (there, The Musical is split into two videos). It's also got a Facebook page, where updates are regularly posted.
Tropes present in the Street Fighter High series include:
Acting for Two: A number of the actors get to do this. For example, Matthew Lewis plays both Vega and El Fuerte, while Megan Marsh plays Shadaloo doll Juni and a random cheerleader.
The Cast Show Off: Although the characters haven't actually had any on-screen fights so far outside of the second video's ending credits, some of their actors have been trained in martial arts. For example, Jennifer Zhang (who plays Juri) is trained in Bak Fu Pai, a Southern China Shaolin-style kung fu; Matthew Mercer (Dan) is a Taekwondo and Hapkido student; and Will Magno (Guy) is not only a Wu Shu (kung fu) master, but choreographed the fight scenes in said ending credits.
Jennifer Zhang:(about Magno) He will wu the hell out of your shu.
The Ditz: Ibuki, who is so ditzy she's reading a book on attention-deficit disorder while holding the book upside down. Then there's C. Viper, who's apparently slow to recognize the signs of pregnancy despite being eight months pregnant herself.
C. Viper: So, um, I think I might have an issue. I haven't had my period in eight months...I'm always hungry, but my boobs hurt all the time.
Fat Slob: Rufus, naturally. Also Ken Masters, who in this universe seems to have put on quite a bit of poundage.
Hopeless Suitor: Sakura admires Ryu and even tells him as much (in not-quite-subtle tones) as she openly admires his physique and uniform. Unfortunately for her, though, Ryu's only got eyes for Chun Li.
Mean Character, Nice Actor: Anyone familiar with Juri knows she's an absolute bitch in canon, and here she's not much different, albeit trimmed somewhat for the high school setting the story's placed in. Her actress Jennifer Zhang, who's also the series' creator, once co-authored a book on childhood attention-deficit disorder (the same book Ibuki's reading in one scene) as outlined in this interview.
Mistaken for Gay: Hakan gets this treatment from the other wrestlers in the cast when he offers some of his oil for them to use on themselves.
Hakan: What's the matter with you? This is the only way we wrestle in Turkey!
Mistaken for Racist: In The Musical, Dan is rapping a song that includes the word "Oreo" just as Dudley and Cammy (black and white, respectively) are walking past; both immediately turn on him to give him a thrashing. note The word "Oreo" is used to describe a black person who is perceived as acting white; in other words, black on the outside but white on the inside, like the cookie.
Mythology Gag: This being a Street Fighter parody, it's to be expected. For example, in one scene a frustrated Ryu beats up a car, in a send-up of the bonus stage from the games where you have to destroy a car by beating on it.
Narrator All Along: Ken Masters, played by a different and skinnier actor who also provided the voice for Fat!Ken.
Oh Crap: Four instances in The Musical: Bison has a moment when Justin Wong challenges him for the class presidency, Dhalsim has one right before he's raped by Juri, and Dan has TWO, the first when Dudley's about to beat him up for a perceived racist remark, and the second during the end credits when his Gadouken attack doesn't go far enough to hit Sakura during their fight.
Record Needle Scratch: When Guile shows up in The Musical, his familiar stage-theme starts playing...then this trope comes into effect when it's revealed his hair is now black and very untidy.
Dhalsim: I hate to tell you this, man, but it's because you're a ginger. How many red-headed dudes do you know that score chicks?
Later subverted with Ibuki, who loves gingers.
The Rival: Ryu has a football rivalry with Ken instead of a martial arts rivalry. Unlike canon, however, the rivalry here is less than friendly.
Romantic False Lead: In Original, Chun Li is in a relationship with military-minded Guile, but by The Musical they've broken up and she's started dating Ryu instead. We're never told what led to her breaking up with Guile, either.
Shout Out: Oh, so very many, mostly in the background musical pieces. As early examples, the theme for 90210 plays at the beginning of Original, as does the theme for Smallville at one point later in the same video.
Stalker with a Crush: Ryu hides behind trees to look at Chun Li...while Sakura does the same thing for him.
Unsettling Gender-Reveal: A character-reaction example in The Musical—in her boy-crazy state, Ibuki mistakes Makoto for male and glomps her as a result, and Makoto has to forcefully push her away and correct her.
Wardrobe Malfunction: Taken Up to Eleven in Original...seriously, Cammy, how the bloody hell do you manage to peel off your skin-tight one-piece outfit in a few seconds without realizing it till after the fact?