YMMV / Street Fighter

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The series as a whole

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Ryu. Is he an exceptional example of the warrior spirit and also one of the finest examples of how a Blood Knight can be a genuinely good person? Or is he a flat out generic "karate man" who doesn't have a life outside of fighting? The former often like to point out his Character Development in the Alpha series. The latter often point that aside from the first game, Ryu is very much a Supporting Protagonist as well as a Living MacGuffin in the main series.
  • Broken Base:
    • The series is extremely popular, but there are many fans who believe that Capcom is outright shilling this series to death, for several reasons. It certainly doesn't help that they've basically shoved Street Fighter into several titles already (Street Fighter X All Capcom being an example of this taken way too far) and announced Ultra Street Fighter IV, yet another add-on to the Street Fighter IV games. The announcement of Darkstalkers officially is on indefinite hiatus and Ono's infamous comment "Street Fighter is definitely not dead" during said announcement finally did in Capcom's overall Fandom and the hatred for Street Fighter proceeded to rise to unprecedented levels.
    • Street Fighter V only being available for the PlayStation 4 and PC has not been well received by Xbox One owners, while PlayStation fans say this is retribution for Rise of the Tomb Raider being a timed exclusive on Xbox platforms.
  • Complete Monster: M. Bison is responsible for much of the evil in the franchise. Head of Shadaloo, Bison desires world domination and ultimate power. Once a talented martial artist, he killed his mentor and willingly cast away the good side of his soul, which became Rose, to pioneer the sinister Psycho Power. Bison killed Chun-Li's father, Dorai, during a mission to uncover the drug-trafficking arm of Shadaloo, something he taunts her about. Additionally, since Juri's father was a lawyer in charge of prosecuting organized crime operations, Bison had Shadaloo kidnap the whole family and kill her parents, resulting in her left eye being gravely wounded. He also kidnapped teenage girls and had his scientists brainwash them to be loyal assassins called Dolls. When Cammy rallies the Dolls against them, Bison calls them expendable and, because of their link to him, they will die if he does. In an attempt to get a new vessel for his ailing body, Bison set his sights on Ryu. On one occasion, Bison forced Ryu to fight his best friend and rival, Ken, and, after beating Ryu himself, Bison subjected him to Psycho Power exposure to gain a grip on his mind, a move that horrified even Sagat. In a different instance, Charlie Nash confronts Bison near a waterfall but gets shot and sent down, confirming Shadaloo's corruption even into the military. Bison uses manipulation, threats, and coercion by force to move his plans along, resulting in unwilling participants or more victims on his list. Finally, allowing F.A.N.G. to head the operation, Bison intends to use seven Black Moons, a powerful satellites capable of causing havoc via electromagnetic pulse wave. The ensuing terror and chaos would fuel Bison's Psycho Power to a near godlike level, the horrific preview of which was seen in one destroyed city and another burning with screaming people. A sociopathic Social Darwinist, Bison is a man whose relentless ambition lets him do whatever he pleases to live on and fulfill his goals.
  • Fanon:
    • It's a general consensus in the fandom that Ken beat Ryu when they met during the events of II. Ken promised not to marry Eliza until he defeated Ryu in a fair fight (during their match in Alpha 2, Ryu was preoccupied with other matters, namely the aftermath of his fights with Sagat and Akuma) and by the time of IV (one year later), Eliza is expecting a child and actually gives birth to Mel in SSFIV; Mel appears as a child in III.
    • Chun-Li is usually given a surname of Xiang/Zhang (originating from the live-action movie, where most of the characters were given full names). It might actually be Chung, but this piece of info reportedly came from a source in the early '90s and was probably forgotten or kicked out of canon by Capcom. The games don't bother giving Chun-Li a full name.
    • Thanks to the first live-action movie and American cartoon, several additional names have stuck such as Ryu's last name (Hoshi), Sagat's first name (Victor), Guile's full name and rank (Colonelnote  William F. Guile), and since he was called Dr. Dhalsim in the movie, Dhalsim would be his last name.
    • In the EX series, a common theory claims that EX is meant to be a retelling of Street Fighter Alpha/Street Fighter II. This one isn't so far-fetched, given the appearance and apparent motivations of the cast, the SFII and SFA vets in particular, and also how some of the Arika characters' stories was entwined with the SF universe (like Doctrine Dark being an ex-USAF soldier under Guile's command or Allen having a rivalry with Ken).
    • Ibuki is highly subjected to this, particularly in rumors that she's the daughter of Geki from the original Street Fighter.
    • Fans often assume that the Shadow transformation from Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter happens in the series as well. UDON even used it in the comic.
    • Until Capcom canonized it, Charlie Nash, which is the combination of his American and Japanese names.
    • Many fans claim Rose is a grown-up Anita from Darkstalkers.note 
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
  • Foe Yay: Vega has a one-sided case with Chun-Li. She's a cop who's only concerned with arresting Bison (and him, by association) by any means necessary, but Vega shows concern for Chun-Li for the same reasons listed in the Pet the Dog entry below. As long as she is alive and oh so beautiful, he looks forward to the next time when they may cross paths. Before fighting a female opponent in CvS2, he will throw a rose at them, acknowledging their beauty. He also does the same to Kyosuke Kagami and Benimaru Nikaido. In SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos, he even compliments Kyo Kusanagi on his appearance, although he also acknowledges that Kyo still doesn't hold a candle to him. Kyo... does not enjoy this fact one bit. In the same game, he has an average opinion of Iori Yagami's looks, but starts thinking otherwise once he sees Iori's disposition for violence.
  • Fountain of Memes: Any depiction of Bison.
  • I Liked It Better When It Sucked: A minor example. The first live action film and the cartoon series are both meme fountains for their cheesiness. More faithful adaptations like Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie and the UDON comics, despite being well-received throughout the fandom, don't get quoted anywhere near as much.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks: Pretty much one of the biggest complaints about Street Fighter is that it's one of the most popular fighting game series. Some newcomers who are interested in the games may start to despise them since the series attracts so many pro-gamers and fighting game champs who've mastered all the characters and their tactics, resulting in a Curb-Stomp Battle for newbies trying to get into it. The fact that certain characters can spam attacks until an opponent can die also results in some players rage quitting and ditching the games entirely. It certainly doesn't help that even some of the most dedicated fans of the franchise view the series as Capcom's primary source of easy money.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Many fans tend to complain whenever a Street Fighter adaptation that has M. Bison as the Big Bad casts Guile as The Hero instead of Ryu. It is a well known fact, though, that Bison's main arch-nemesis in the video games is actually Guile, not Ryu.
  • Moe: Chun-Li is the biggest source of Badass Adorable fan art. Sakura, Ibuki, and Elena, all of whom are spunky, happy-go-lucky fighters who attend high school (formerly in Sakura's case), aren't too far behind in this department.
  • Ugly Cute: Blanka. A green-skinned feral guy with fangs, clawed fingernails, and orange/red masses of hair on his head, chest, forearms and shins, who can electrify his opponents. But he loves his mother and friends (like his "master" Dan and Sakura), and can be very nice if he doesn't consider you a bad guy.
  • Values Dissonance: Also overlaps with Artistic License Sports as well, from a Japanese POV with both Mike in SFI and Balrog in SFII: In their original backstories, they were originally both expelled from boxing after they accidentally killed their opponents in the ring. In Japan, killing your opponent in an official-sanctioned martial arts match (boxing, karate, judo, etc.), even if was accidentally, could and can destroy the career of the person responsible for it. Since both Mike and Balrog are Americans, their backgrounds were retconned with more realistic explanations why they don't practice professional boxing anymore.

The first film

The American series

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • In "Getting to Guile," Guile has a dream where Escher turns into, of all things, a werewolf. The same episode had giant versions of the cast pushing Guile around. That's not even getting into the bacon house monster that Guile and Bison walk inside of in said dream sequence.
    • Every time Blanka flips out in later episodes.
    • "Final Fight":
      • A restaurant patron is caught and dragged by a hook after Damnd throws a smoke bomb inside the building. It isn't revealed who caught him or what happens to him afterwards.
      • Damnd sticks electrical equipment into his mouth for no apparent reason.
  • Bizarro Episode: "The Warrior King." Even if you knew about the crossover event that was going on at the time between this show and all the other USA Network original cartoons (Savage Dragon, Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm, and Wing Commander Academy), the presence of the eponymous character, his homeworld depicted in the opening scene, and the orb that powers it just make the whole episode an Out-of-Genre Experience for the show.
  • Broken Base: There are many fans who feel that this is a bad adaptation of the series, much like the 1994 movie. Others, however, feel that while the series is flawed, it is not as bad as most make it out to be. Those who like it have noted that the series started to become a bit more accurate to the games as it went on.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: One similar to the example in the movie. Chun-Li tries to call Bison out for having her father killed. A completely unfazed Bison replies "Yes, yes. I killed your father. What is is with you women anyway? I killed my father too and you don't hear me whining about it!" in such a hammy and gleeful manner you can't help but laugh.
  • Evil Is Cool: Bison is one of the most popular characters in the series due to his Fountain of Memes.
  • Fountain of Memes: Bison has several memes that are very popular today.
  • Growing the Beard: The second season has several character arcs through its episodes (i.e. Blanka's accidental further mutation, a growing rivalry between Ken and Ryu, Cammy's brainwashing, and Bison's acquisition of an ancient healing statue that, over the course of the season, drives him to world-destroying insanity). All this and Final Fight, too!
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • When Rose looks at her cards, the final one is "Doom," which is portrayed as a flaming tower. In almost every of her endings in the games, she bites the dust or is somehow otherwise imperiled.
    • In "The Warrior King," Bison gains control of the Orb of Power, which can create all sorts of weather and nature phenomenon, and holds the world for ransom with it; one of his demonstrations of power is to create a flood in Tokyo, Japan. Fourteen years later...
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Fans cried foul when Akuma merely "injured" Gouken. Then comes Street Fighter IV, which established that Gouken did not die and was simply hiding while recovering all this time.
    • In "The Warrior King", Chun-Li wears a formal dress to a ball. 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. In Street Fighter IV, she wears a dress as an alternate outfit. The popularity of the dress would eventually lead to it being her default alternate outfit.
    • "No one has ever defeated Sagat, and no one ever will!" Cut to Street Fighter IV, when Sagat is top tier.
  • Idiot Plot: In "No Way Out," the villains probably would have won if they just used the tanks to bust down the gate first.
  • Memetic Badass: Bison.
  • So Bad, It's Good: For those who consider the series to be a guilty pleasure.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: In "Final Fight", Mike Haggar is relegated to the sidelines while Cody, Guy, Ryu, and Ken save Jessica from the Mad Gear gang. In the game, Haggar is one of the three playable characters and, to some, is an example of a Memetic Badass. So his limited role in this episode is a letdown.
  • Wangst: Blanka is sometimes criticized for being incredibly whiny about the whole "mutation" thing. While he was unwillingly mutated, literally every single appearance that centered around him had him angsting in some way or another.
  • Watch It for the Meme: Admit it — you're watching to see Bison yell stuff in a hilarious manner.

UDON's comic books

  • Hilarious in Hindsight: There's one story in the New Generation GN where E. Honda and Hakan argue before the Olympic Wrestling Committee to have their respective sports represented in the games. They're outraged when they're told the next available spot for both sports would be in the 2032 games. The IOC dropped wrestling from the Olympics (starting in 2020) about two weeks after the GN came out.