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YMMV: Street Fighter III
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  • Ascended Meme: 3rd Strike Online Edition has a trial where you have to replicate Daigo's famous parry and finish.
  • Broken Base: Ken has been earning a lot of scorn from mostly online players because so many people use him online. No one knows why, but it might be due to his ease of use instead of Ryu, who somehow got harder to use as time passed.
  • Character Tiers: Chun-Li is S+ tier in the new Arcadia list, and Ken is A+, with Akuma not far behind. Especially tragic since this plays into Complacent Gaming Syndrome (see below). Let it be noted that these are not tiers decided at the margins, Chun and Ken all have 7-3 and 8-2 matchups against much of the rest of the cast. Thankfully the high tiers are also populated with new, fun and unique characters like Yun, Makoto, and Dudley.
    • More recent tiers have Chun and Yun at S-tier, with Ken and Makoto at A+. Akuma has dropped down to B-tier and is considered slightly worse than Dudley now (though he still has some disgustingly cheap bullshit according to Kuroda).
  • Complacent Gaming Syndrome: In Street Fighter III, as a result of removing all of the old cast except Ryu and Ken. As a result, 75% of all players picked Ken, 20% picked Ryu, and 5% picked one of the other characters. It got a little better in 2nd Impact. But in 3rd Strike, not only was Ken a tad bit easier to learn than Ryu in the III series, but he was top tier (alongside Chun-Li and Yun) in 3S. In other words, Tournament Play was filled with Ken, Chun-Li, Yun, and the occasional Akuma. This status followed him into Street Fighter IV, with lukewarm reception. There's a reason the trope used to go by the name of "That Damn Ken".
  • Cult Classic: 3rd Strike didn't do particularly well when it was released compared to other games in the series, but many fans consider it the best Street Fighter game for competitive play.
  • Ear Worm:
    Make your first move, so what's it gonna be?
    You're trapped in the new world of Street Fighter III!
    The third chapter, so what's it gonna be?
    The 3rd Strike y'all, it's Street Fighter III!
    Make your first move so what's it gonna be?
    You're trapped in the new world of Street Fighter III!
    Fightin' for the future so what's it gonna be?
    The 3rd Strike y'all it's Street Fighter III!...''
    (Let's get it on now), Select and make your first pick,
    (Let's get it on Yo) 10, 9, 8, 7, 6,
    (Let's get it on Yo) Choose and pick the best one
    (Let's get it on now) 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
    (Welcome to the world of Street Fighter III)
    As I stare at myself in the mirror, and the noises around me fade
    No fear for my health, never give up though the voices around me say:
    "It's a long shot, it'll never happen - don't put you money on that" as they're laughin' (Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha)
    I know I'm up against the best but we fightin' in the streets - left right, right left
    This is what I live for right here - you think I'm gon' fold cause the lights glare?
    Like I don't know what this life is? Well think again cause I won't no hype is
    Ever what they paint it up to be, and the underdog is evidently
    The one who got more to win - I'ma make you taste the ground; here's my Hadouken!
    You know what they say: "The Third Strike is what counts"
    And you can get it too - don't think that l can't knock you out
    Out, out knock knock you out
    Out, knock knock knock you out
    Out, out knock knock knock you out
    Don't think that l can't knock you out
    (Prepare for Battle)
    Out, out knock knock you out
    Out, knock knock knock you out
    Out, out knock knock knock you out
    Don't think that l can't knock you out
    (It's over)
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Ibuki, to the point where she placed 22nd on IGN's List of Top 25 Street Fighter Characters.
    • Dudley. A lot of fans like him better than Balrog, to the point where he actually won a fan poll to see who fans wanted to appear most in Street Fighter IV. Capcom granted the fans' wish by including him in Super Street Fighter IV, alongside Balrog. In addition, he placed 25th on IGN's List of Top 25 Street Fighter Characters.
    • Makoto. Unlike many of the newcomers in III, she has actually been hailed as a great addition to the cast. Episode 33 of 1UP.com's Retronauts podcast actually singled out Makoto as being "pure Street Fighter" in relation to the rest of the cast, when she placed 23rd on IGN's List of Top 25 Street Fighter Characters. Her popularity might also be due to her high-risk playstyle and high-tier status. Perhaps being savvy enough to realize this, Capcom included her in SSFIV.
    • Yun and Yang. The fact that Yun has had the most out-of-series appearances out of all the III characters (CvS2, later revisions of Street Fighter Alpha 3, Capcom Fighting Evolution) and the fandom rejoicing for the twins' inclusion in the Arcade Edition of SSFIV cements them as this.
    • Elena is both this and (unfortunately) Tier-Induced Scrappy: while it's hard to dislike her optimistic personality and you'll find plenty of fanart of her (for obvious reasons), you'll rarely see her actually played, as she's considered to be underpowered.
    • According to the polls for Street Fighter X Tekken, Q is the second most requested character from Street Fighter III after Alex, the main character.
      • And according to an official 2013 poll, Q is the 10th most popular character in the entire series.
  • Fountain of Memes: Dudley.
  • Game Breaker:
    • Gill, natch.
    • Urien, arguably due to his Aegis Reflector combos which, if done correctly, take off an exceptional amount of damage and are UNBLOCKABLE.
      • More or less a Good Bad Bug as Urien is nowhere near as good as the top tiers. A later revision of 3rd Strike actually removed the unblockables and was rejected by the players as it generally made him less rewarding to play.
  • It's Hard, so It Sucks: A common complaint is that the game is too technical compared to other Street Fighter games.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: One of Chun-Li's win quotes is "No, I've never thrown any of my bracelets away. Why do you ask?". While likely intended as a reference to an Urban Legend of Zelda that she could throw her bracelets at the opponent in Street Fighter II, it also works as an unintentional Take That against the (not overly well-recieved) Street Fighter II pinball game and the Street Fighter The Movie arcade game, where she does throw her spiked bracelets as weapons.
  • Memetic Molester:
    • People like to joke that Ibuki, due her goal to meet "cool boys" in SSFIV, is extremely horny and willing to go to great lengths to get some.
  • Moe: Makoto.
    • Also, Shaomei, Houmei's (Yun's girlfriend) little sister.
    • Necro's girlfriend Effie
  • Mondegreen: Elena's theme is a magnet for this.
    BEES GOT BEES GOT BEES BEES IN MY HAIR!
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Ibuki's 2nd Impact stage theme, interestingly enough, sounds a lot like "Copacabana" by Barry Manilow.
  • That One Attack: Gill's Seraphic Wing. You will taste the rainbow.
  • That One Boss: Gill. He can resurrect himself after death.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The series got, and continues to get, a lot of flack for its character roster. A critic of GamesRadar listed their personal worst SF characters; SFIII fighters placed in eight out of the eleven slots.
  • Tier-Induced Scrappy:
    • Ken's top-tier 3rd Strike incarnation receives much flak he gets for being used 99.9 percent of the time online. Oh Ken, how you've been a flowchart over the years...
    • Also Chun-Li's 3rd Strike version.
    • Elena is the low-tiered version, as her lengthy animations make her parry-bait.
    • Twelve is also a low-tiered version, thought by many to be the hardest character in the game to learn.
  • Uncanny Valley: Q. The way he moves and attacks most of the time is most certainly not human.
    • Elena's animation looks pretty out of place compared to the rest of the fighters. That's probably Rotoscoping at work.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion:
    • The kid who appears in Ibuki's 3rd Strike intro sparring with her is a boy named Yuta Homura.
    • While the story takes no pains to hide that she is, in fact, a girl, people not familiar with the series often mistake Makoto for a boy. But given that she is as feminine as a truck driver, that her gi is quite concealing, and that the name "Makoto" is a name for both males and females in Japan, the misunderstanding is almost expected. The fact that she's absolutely ripped for a girl her age and has huge man-like hands and feet does not help matters. Her SSFIV in-game model, however, has the cleavage slightly more exposed, enough to avoid confusion in full. Previously, it was only that visible during her dizzy animation, in which the shoulder of her gi slips off.
  • Vindicated by History: The Street Fighter III series was trashed when it was initially released because it was a complete departure from the considerably more user-friendly Alpha series, and some professional reviewers even went so far as to dock it for looking "like an SNES game." Eventually, about a decade later, tournament-level players latched onto the series as most mainstream fighting games began to resemble Guilty Gear more and more and they desired something a little more technical, and casual fans discovered the game through emulation and a PlayStation 2 re-release, and the series is now a mainstay at the EVO tournament.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: It must have taken the animators a crapton of hard work to make the sprites move as beautifully as they do.
  • The Woobie: Necro.


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