YMMV: Street Fighter II

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  • Deader Than Disco: Super Turbo originally had a large, thriving competitive community lasting since its release in 1994. But in 2008, the HD Remix version was released, causing the competitive community to descend into a massive civil war amongst themselves over which version should be the tournament standard. The conflict caused both old and newer players to Rage Quit the competitive scene, and both versions eventually stopped appearing at major fighting game events. Classic Super Turbo's competitive scene ultimately lived longer, but it will likely never have its thriving community ever again.
  • Ear Worm:
    • Most of the stage music of Street Fighter II qualifies: there are many gamers who will never stop humming the stage themes of Ken and Guile.
    • Also, the theme tune. If you can't hum that and see a nameless fighter punching his opponent's lights out in your mind's eye, you weren't even alive in 1991... or you were playing the SNES versions.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Zangief is always a fan favorite, even though he's never been in a leading role. Fans clamor for him whenever he's missing from a game, to the point that neither Ken nor Akuma made it to the Marvel vs. Capcom 1 roster, but the Red Cyclone did!
    • Vega is also very popular. He even placed 10th on IGN's Top 25 Street Fighter Characters list.
    • Cammy was the first of the "New Challengers" to be present in most later games, and the only one other than Akuma to be involved in early crossovers. She even made a cameo in Wreck-It Ralph, albeit wearing something more modestnote , along with M. Bison, Chun-Li and Zangief.
    • Not to the extent of Cammy, but Fei Long was the only other "New Challenger" to make it to the console ports of Street Fighter IV. It helps that many players consider him an awesome Bruce Lee Clone.
  • Evil Is Cool:
    • Bison. Must be the uniform.
    • While not as evil as Bison, the three bosses (Vega, Balrog and Sagat) get this as well. Vega in particular.
  • Fountain of Memes:
  • Game Breaker:
    • World Warrior Guile status as a Game Breaker is legendary, to the point that some considered it as one of the most broken fighting game character of all time. In fact, it was considered the same character that invented Touch of Death-esque combo (hit confirm that resulted in a KO) into the genre with his Four Fierce Combo. This, on top of his ussual Flash kick and Sonic Boom.
    • Bison's Champion Edition version has deadly priority with most of his attacks, and he has a scissor kick combo that can completely shut down half of the cast. Even when he was nerfed in Hyper Fighting he still had some ridiculous combos.
    • In Super Turbo and its successor HD Remix, Akuma is banned for having ridiculously overpowered combos and juggles. He was eventually balanced out in later games, with his most balanced form so far being in IV.
  • Growing the Beard/Surprisingly Improved Sequel: The original Street Fighter sucks by modern standards and wasn't considered anything fussing about in its day either: two playable characters that are just a few pixels from Palette Swap, unresponsive controls, special moves that rarely if ever work. Street Fighter II, on the other hand, became the Trope Codifier for the Fighting Game with better controls, more moves and tons of characters.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In Zangief's ending, Gorbachev claims that Zangief's victory has proved that "the Soviet spirit can overcome all obstacles". Just months after the game came out, the Soviet Union, still under Gorbachev, was dissolved.
    • One Japanese commercial for Turbo featured a live action Guile duking out against a live action Bison. One year later...
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Out of all the SF characters, Chun-Li has the most fan-made pairings, namely with Ryu, Ken, Guile, Charlie, Cammy, and Juri). While it's not really bad when it comes to most shipping wars, it has caused a bit of varied mileages in the fandom. The Street Fighter anime from the '90s (and to a lesser extent the manga) have helped Ryu, Ken, and Guile in this regard. Though while they are only good friends in the series one of the reasons why Ryu is fairly popular in this regard is that unlike the other 3 men mentioned here Ryu is the only one whose still alive and not Happily Married. This justified in the case of Charlie since the official storyline states that they posed as husband and wife while traveling in search of Bison.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • Dhalsim. And it's not all memetic.
    Dhalsim: I will meditate and then destroy you.
    • Bison, due to his final boss difficulty and The Movie.
    "For you, the day Bison graced your village was the most important day of your life. But for me... it was Tuesday."
  • Mainstream Obscurity: Even those who haven't played this (read: a lot of people) know it as the grandfather of a modern fighting game.
  • Memetic Molester:
    • Zangief is half man, half chest hair, is Friend to All Children, and has a primarily hug-based moveset. Do the math.
    • Bison. Why else would a super powerful man get twelve beautiful teenage girls brainwashed into becoming his Bodyguard Babes, huh?
  • Memetic Sex God: Vega. Read the comments on this video and you'll see "Chuck Norris Facts" styles comments about Vega's beauty.
    ''Vega once entered the Sexiest Man in the Universe contest. He took first, second, and third place. He later killed the judges for naming him second and third."
    "...The reason Vega wears a mask is because if he made eye contact with women they would instantly get pregnant."
  • Mexicans Hate T. Hawk. and Japan Hates Dee Jay: Although no one seems to be complaining about their inclusion in Super Street Fighter IV. Probably because all the other great characters they brought in at the same time distracted people from complaining, or maybe because of the Nostalgia Filter from having the entire cast of Super II Turbo back again.
    • Brazil Loves Blanka: Hilariously, Brazilian players adore Blanka and actually are disappointed that he's not a native Brazilian.
    • Americans Love Guile: Guile edges on being a parody of the United States and its militaristic culture, yet he's still highly beloved by American players.
  • Mondegreen: Two of Ryu and Ken's special moves (Hadoken and Shoryuken) are easy enough, but their third move is called "Tatsumaki Senpuu Kyaku" (translated "Tornado Whirlwind Legs", typically translated as "Hurricane Kick"). As it's said really fast in Japanese, it ends up sounding more like "Arycheck rucheck!".
  • Nightmare Fuel: M. Bison's ending in Super. Sweet dreams.
  • Porting Disaster:
    • While the simplified moves and character lineup (only nine characters) of the Game Boy port can be forgiven due to the systems obvious limitations, the unresponsive controls, single digit framerate and slow as molasses physics utterly destroy the gameplay, leaving it a barely playable mess.
    • Averted with Turbo Revival for the GBA surprisingly. Despite having to cram a 6-button fighter on a system with only 4, the gameplay is still surprisingly fluid (helped by a optional "Easy Control" mode that simplifies special moves). Not to mention that it sports exclusives stages for many fighters (Even Akuma, who also now has a Super) plus you can even unlock Shin Akuma!
    • Not the whole game, but the Sega Genesis port of Super Street Fighter II had horrible music. Quite pathetic considering the earlier Special Champion Edition had music that was very faithful to the CPS1 original music, even with the Genesis' limited sound hardware.
    • The Xbox Live Arcade version of Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting. The game had serious lag on most stages, even more lag on Balrog's stage, horrible balance, and an infinite timer on the character select screen. That last gaff, when coupled with the ability to de-select your character, led to long times at the character select screen due to counter-picking.
  • Second Installment Wins
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Zigzagged. A casual gamer playing this after Street Fighter III 3rd Strike or IV may wonder what all the fuss was about, but it's definitely averted in Tournament Play.
  • Sequel Displacement: Before the Internet, you could count the number of people who played the first Street Fighter game on one hand. Turns out, it's for the best.
  • Squick: In the games with better animation (SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos, Street Fighter IV), you can see Dhalsim's limbs actually snapping back like a rubber band after doing one of his stretch attacks. Yech.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: One of the well known examples of this.
  • Tearjerker: The True Credits/Staff Roll theme. Even to this day, many people who played this game growing up still get Tears of Joy in their eyes when they hear this.
  • That One Attack: No, Blanka! Not the headbite!
  • The Woobie: Cammy.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The eventual fate of Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. Many top players complained that about the balance changes, specifically that these weren't the ones that they suggested. Combine this with the fact that the game never got an arcade port in Japan and you can see why the game failed to replace the original Super Street Fighter II Turbo as the standard for competitive play.
  • Woolseyism: "Vega" is a fairly common Spanish surname, making it somewhat more appropriate for him than the dictatorial Bison. In addition, a "Balrog" is a fictional creature known for being large and monstrous, making it a more fitting name for the ruthless Boxer than for the narcissistic and graceful Claw.