YMMV / Street Fighter

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The series as a whole

  • 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.
    • Ryu. Is he an exceptional example of the warrior spirit who is 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 in the main series.
    • 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.
  • Fan Myopia: Fans have complained about whenever Street Fighter adaptations use Guile as The Hero when M. Bison is the Big Bad instead of Ryu even though Guile is well known as Bison's main arch-nemesis.
  • 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's father is usually referred to as Dorai, which was the name given to him in II V. His Canon Name, if Capcom has even bothered to give him one, has yet to be disclosed. Similarly, she is usually given a surname of Xiang/Zhang (originating from the live-action movie, where all of the characters were given first and last 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 (Colonel 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fountain of Memes: Any depiction of Bison, but especially the film's.
  • 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-regarded throughout the fandom, don't get quoted anywhere near as much.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.
    • In "Final Fight", 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 series started to become a bit more game accurate as it when on.
    • Blanka being the mutated form of Charlie. Many decry it for being a wildly inaccurate subplot on how in the games Blanka and Charlie are completely different characters and that Shadaloo has nothing to do with Blanka. Some, however, actually liked the idea behind this subplot as it gives Blanka a sense of actual importance in the storyline.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: 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.
    • In "The Warrior King," Bison gains control of an orb that 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:
    • "No one has ever defeated Sagat, and no one ever will!" Cut to Street Fighter IV, when Sagat is top tier.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wangst: Blanka is sometimes criticized as being incredibly whiny about the whole "mutation" thing. In fairness, he was unwillingly mutated, but literally every single appearance that centered around him had him angsting in some way or another, despite common sense dictating that he get over it.
  • 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.