"Colonel William Guile, one of the greatest martial artists in the world, travels the global tournament circuit, using it to conceal his top secret mission as leader of an elite group of international crime fighters, known only by their code name: Street Fighter!! The heroic Man-Beast, Blanka; hard-kicking fighting machine, Chun-Li; and the team of the most amazing warriors ever seen have joined forces with Guile to combat the criminal empire of Shadaloo, and its superhuman leader, Bison. They have their own code of honor: Discipline, Justice, Commitment, and together they will triumph against the forces of evil. Street Fighter!"
In 1995, the USA Network and InVision Entertainment decided to make a kid-friendly Animated Adaptation of Street Fighter. The problem was that they didn't seem to know which Street Fighter to use as the template: the video game Street Fighter II or the American-made movie based (loosely) on Street Fighter II.As the opening narration above explains, Guile leads a group of Street Fighters against terrorism, mainly related to Shadaloo. The majority of the Street Fighter movie's story had taken place in this show and most of the characters who were given full names (William F. Guile, Ryu Hoshi, Carlos "Charlie" Blanka, Viktor Sagat, etc.) and new roles (Dr. Dhalsim, computer-savvy Honda, Dee Jay and Balrog) were kept. However, the characters look like they did in the games, Fei Long and Akuma (who were omitted in the actual movie) appear in the show, and everybody's alliances in the show (except Zangief, who even at the end of the movie was good) reflect how they were in the games.The series had its share of problems. Some fans didn't like how the characters retained aspects from the movie (Guile being the main character rather than Ryu, for example). The show also had inconsistent animation and character designs, mostly generic storylines, and weird moments and dialogue in many episodes.That being said, Street Fighter lasted two seasons for a total of 26 episodes. It had more Street Fighter characters seen throughout its run than any other animated adaptation of Street Fighter, considering the inclusion of the Street Fighter Alpha characters during the second season and an entire episode devoted to Final Fight.
Adaptation Personality Change: Just like the movie, Ken acts like a colossal douchebag. Special mention goes to the first episode, in which he wanted to swipe a bunch of ancient treasure from Blanka's friends.
Aesop Amnesia: Even after being called out for being an irresponsible Jerkass, Ken still acts like one. An especially notable example is "The World's Greatest Warrior". Ken receives the more character development in the series, as he successfully defeats Akuma. However, the following episode is "So, You Want to be in Pictures", in which Ken's jerkiness shines through.
Bison is able to brainwash both Guile and Cammy on separate occasions.
Bison himself becomes brainwashed by the Kali statue after using it on himself one too many times.
Broad Strokes: The series implies that the events of the movie occurred, but not exactly as depicted there. "Keeping the Peace" shows a flashback of Guile being court-marshaled for invading Shadaloo City against his superior's orders, which happens in the movie, but the sole fact that Dee Jay and Balrog are now working on opposite sides, among other inconsistencies, makes it impossible for the movie to fit in the show's continuity.
Bison to Chun-Li: "Yes, yes, I killed your father. What is it with you women anyway? I killed my father too, and you don't hear me whining about it!"
The Cameo: Some Alpha characters make cameo appearances in "The Medium is the Message". Doubles as an Early-Bird Cameo for Rose and the Final Fight characters that appear there.
Canon Foreigner: Escher, Lucinda, Mai-Lei, Satin Hammer, and Sachi (Ryu's cousin). Cammy's former teammates from MI5 (Burke, Rory and Celia) are technically from the games, but the original game versions had different names and character designs (Keith Wolfman, Matthew McCoy, Lita Luwanda and a fourth member named George Ginzu).
Composite Character: Blanka and Charlie were made into one character, just like in the movie. A flashback in "The Medium is the Message" shows a pre-mutation Blanka looking just like Charlie did in Street Fighter Alpha, but with a color scheme closer to Blanka (black hair with a green vest and brown pants). He reverts back to his human form for a while in "Eye of the Beholder."
Meta example with the Warrior King. He would go on to appear in three other shows in USA Network's Action Extreme Team block. The shows are Savage Dragon, Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm, and Wing Commander Academy. He was voiced by Michael Dorn in almost all of his appearances.note Dorn didn't voice him in Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm. In fact, the character appeared only as a silhouette towards the end of the episode he was in.
The episode "Final Fight" revolves around Ryu and Ken helping Cody and Guy rescue Jessica. This happened during Season 2 when Street Fighter Alpha 2 had just been released on home consoles, which had Guy, Rolento, and Sodom as playable fighters. As such, Season 2 had several episodes focusing on Alpha characters instead of the one-scene cameos from Season 1. Too bad the show ended before we could get a episode dedicated to Dan, Adon, or Gen.
Cultural Translation: In two ways. First off, Guile is clearly intended to be the primary character of the series. This goes to the point that he overshadowed Ryu and Ken themselves.note Guile was only absent in four episodes throughout the series, three of them, wouldn't you know it, centered around Ryu and/or Ken: "The World's Greatest Warrior", "So, You Want to Be in Pictures", "The Flame and the Rose" and "Final Fight." Secondly, Ken, the American half of the duo, was the one who received most of the spotlight in comparison to Ryu (the Japanese half). For example, Ken was the only character who actually defeated Akuma in single combat and became "The World's Greatest Warrior" for his success.note In the games' continuity, Akuma considers Ryu closer to being a Worthy Opponent due to his potential to tap into the Satsui no Hado, and sees Ken as an amateur at best.
Curbstomp Battle: Guile tends to knock down most opponents with one Sonic Boom, including Sagat and Zangief, both more physically imposing than him.
Doesn't Like Guns: Guile, who explicitly states that "guns are for wimps!". Not only that but he manages to rip apart the license for getting the weapons by just crumpling it in his hand.
Doomsday Device: In "Cammy Tell Me True," Bison, under the influence of a priceless statue Cammy stole for him in a previous episode, decides not to Take Over the World, but instead destroy it by activating all the nuclear missiles on Earth.
Dream Within a Dream: Seen in "Getting to Guile". Guile first dreams that a bunch of hostages are vaporized and wakes up. He then goes to work and meets with Escher, who suddenly turns into a werewolf.
Escher:The Street Fighters have no more use for you, Colonel Guile!
Easter Egg: An unintentional one is contained in the episode "Face of Fury", with a frame of Blanka heads◊ hidden during the climax of the battle between Guile and Chun-Li vs. Blanka.
Gang Initiation Fight: In "Final Fight", Ryu and Ken go undercover to infiltrate the Mad Gear gang, and are told that the only way to join is to beat Sodom, one of the bosses from the original Final Fight game. They're up to the task.
Heel-Face Turn: Sagat in "Cammy Tell Me True", as he does not want the planet to be destroyed.
Hoist by His Own Petard: In the final episode, Bison's Psycho Power rages out of control, and he can't stop discharging an ever-strengthening magnetic field. This causes the metal computer console he landed on top of to rip him apart and explode.
Just a Kid: In "Second to None", when Sakura says that she wants to go with Guile to rescue her sensei, who is not Dan, he calls her a kid and tells that it is too dangerous. She throws him on the ground and tells him that she knows her way around the area where her sensei is located.
Bison. Richard Newman was obviously having way too much fun with this role. Coincidentally, this ends up making him the most well-acted character in the show.
Ditto with David Kaye as Akuma, and he's in two episodes maximum.
Lethal Lava Land: The island that Akuma leads Guile and Bison to in "Strange Bedfellows" is full of active volcanoes that are getting ready to erupt.
Limited Wardrobe: Many of the Street Fighters wear the same thing all the time, even in places where it would be seen as unprofessional or impractical. Averted by Chun-Li, however, who wears some casual clothes in her apartment in "Getting to Guile", and a business casual lavender skirt when she works as a reporter. This is also averted in "The Warrior King", when she wears a formal dress to a party. She wants to get out of it and into her Street Fighter uniform as quickly as possible, though, because she has a hard time fighting in the dress.
Loads and Loads of Characters: To the point that characters from the Alpha series, most notably Sakura and Rose, and Final Fight, as noted, appeared.
Look Behind You: In the beginning of "Chunnel Vision," Bison is busy fighting MI5 when one of them shouts to look behind him. Bison scoffs, thinking it's a lame attempt at a distraction. He almost gets hit by a train.
If "Desert Thunder" is to be believed, Escher. He takes a shot from a misfired laser superweapon in the arm and head, and suffers no ill effects despite said laser's island destroying power.
Literally in the case of an iron gate in "No Way Out", which takes a lot of punishment from Sagat's platoon before they finally get it out of the way with tanks.
Magic Countdown: In "Cammy Tell Me True", as the countdown to apocalypse happens, it's incredibly slow, even when it speeds up.
Might as Well Not Be in Prison at All: Bison gets captured by MI5 in "Chunnel Vision," but it turns out to be a ruse that allowed his agents to hold all of England hostage unless he is freed. Bison then forces the British government to hand over a ransom of one billion pounds sterling, all while chillaxing in his cell and sipping tea.
A Minor Kidroduction: In "Getting to Guile," the Torture Technician sets the memory-scanning/brainwashing device too far back, resulting in a scene of a young Guile defending a kid from bullies only to be chased himself and forced to hide.
The Mole: Cammy is secretly Bison's sleeper agent, who goes back to working for him after he sends her a certain telepathic message.
Moral Dissonance: Despite boasting about justice, discipline, and commitment, Guile very often attacks his opponents from behind.
Motor Mouth: In "The Hammer Strikes", everyone sounds like this at times, especially Sawada.
Mundane Utility: Bison uses his Psycho Power to do everything from go down a subway tunnel on a handcart to dialing an old rotary telephone.
Never Say "Die": Characters sometimes substitute it with "destroy", but there are quite a few exceptions.
Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Invoked by Cammy at the end of "Cammy Tell Me True". After learning the truth about her brainwashing, she decides not to rejoin MI5, and put everything behind her somehow.
Oblivious to Love: Averted. Guile is well aware that Cammy has a crush on him (due to the not so subtle hints that she has given him). He does not share these same feelings, however, due to the fact that he is still being in love with his ex-girlfriend Lucinda (whom he would eventually get back together with at the end of "Strange Bedfellows"). Despite this, Cammy still hits on Guile until she is brainwashed by Bison in "Cammy and the Bachelor".
In "Keeping the Peace", a sniper takes aim at Sawada and Guile pushes him out of the way. The sniper misses, but the shot appears to hit Guile's shoulder anyway, with no lasting effects.
"Desert Thunder": At one point, a superweapon that Satin Hammer commandeers misfires thanks to Guile and one of her shots goes wide and heads in Escher's direction. It looks as if it was supposed to miss Escher according to script but seems to hit him in the arm and the head. It doesn't affect him in any way despite having the power to obliterate islands.
Sometimes characters are drawn with the wrong emotions, or look like they were. For example, in "Second to None", Ken is in the hospital, injured, and Escher is supposed to be comforting him. But the way he was drawn makes him look menacing as hell.
Guile, Bison, and Akuma in have different facial designs in "Strange Bedfellows". Bison's cape also can't decide if it's flapping in the breeze or not, and often alternates between shots.
Bison has eight different facial designs in "The Warrior King".
In "Strange Bedfellows," Sagat puts his feet up on Bison's desk to reveal he has two right ones. In "Cammy Tell Me True," his iconic chest scar disappears.
Ken's hair flips back and forth between being blonde and strawberry blonde throughout the series.
Shirtless Scene: Due to getting injured in "Cammy and the Bachelor," Bison spends the next couple of episodes with no shirt on.
Sigil Spam: The "SF" emblem that Escher uses to summon Guile to missions can pretty much be anywhere or anything. Among the creative ways it's used, the letters can even be spelled with sandwiches on a dish ("The Strongest Woman in the World").
Soundtrack Dissonance: A brassy, upbeat, heroic fanfare, actually "Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor", can be heard during several inappropriate moments throughout the series. Most notably, it is heard during Bison's famous "YES! YES!" scene, even though he's the Big Bad and might've finally triumphed over the heroes. Guile's Big "NO!", as mentioned above, also features a brassy stinger that wouldn't sound out of place on The A-Team. The former can be heard the during the following scenes:
In "Getting to Guile", when the house Guile and Bison goes into turns into a monster during Guile's nightmare.note The monster is made of wooden planks. Because of the way they're drawn and animated, they resemble strips of bacon instead.
In "So, You Want to be in Pictures" when Ken nearly falls to his death.
In "Final Fight", a much shorter build up of the fanfare can be heard when Belger fires a laser gun at Cody, Guy, and Jessica while they are hiding behind a table.
"It's only a matter of time until you're all FRIED!"
Terrifying Rescuer: In "Eye of the Beholder", Blanka rescues the Japanese Prime Minister. Upon seeing his savior, the Prime Minister yells "Kaibutsu! Kaibutsu!" ("Monster! Monster!") and flees. This is part of Blanka's ongoing characterization of the identity struggle caused by his forced mutation.
Third-Person Person: Zangief often talks like this. Blanka starts speaking like this in "The Flame and the Rose" while fighting Zangief, probably to make fun of him.
Vocal Dissonance: The feral boy in the episode "The Beast Within", who has the voice of a ten-year-old despite having the body of a teenager.
To quote the annotation near the end of this video: "What will Cammy do next? Can Ryu and Ken stop Akuma from murdering fighters and stealing their chi? Can T. Hawk set aside his feelings to stop Satin Hammer's terrorist vendetta against those who wronged her? Will Warrior's World ever be saved and with Chun-Li ever reunite with her lover?note The first part of one is answered in Wing Commander Academy: no. Can Fei Long end the Triad's grip on Hong Kong and rebuild his tarnished career? Will Guile ever regain his old life and will Blanka regain his humanity? And what happened to Vega and Balrog?"
What the Hell, Hero?: Fei Long chews out Ken in "So, You Want to be in Pictures" for allowing his fame to get in the way of his training, making him a sloppy and unreliable mess during filming. To elaborate, he and Ken were filming a scene where Ken's character was meant to die. However, thanks to getting more funds for the film from his dad, and being handed creative control of the film, Ken rewrote the scene to have him get up triumphantly, amongst other things.
You Killed My Father: The focus of the plot in "The Strongest Woman in the World" (Bison killed Chun-Li's father). This receives a callback in "Cammy Tell Me True" during a exchange between Bison and Chun-Li (see Self-Made Orphan above for the quote).
It went double for Cammy here, as she found out in the same episode that Bison had both her parents executed. Hence Bison's "What is it with you women anyway?" line when Chun-Li confronts him.