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Characters debuting in Street Fighter IV.
  • For Ryu, Ken, Gen, Adon and Sagat, check the Street Fighter I sheet.
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  • For Dan, Sakura, Rose, Cody, Guy, Rolento and Evil Ryu, check the Street Fighter Alpha sheet.
  • For Dudley, Ibuki, Makoto, Yun, Yang, Hugo and Elena, check the Street Fighter III sheet.

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    C. Viper
Ms. Perfect
"I don't care about pride or ego. I'm just here to do my job."
Origin: USA flag 
Fighting style: Hidden spy gadgets
Voiced by: note 
Full name Crimson Viper. A spy from the CIA acting as a mole in Seth's organization. She was sent to gather data on S.I.N. (Shadaloo Intimidation Network) and its BLECE Project, and to stop them. Her real name is Maya and she has a daughter named Lauren.
  • Action Mom: She's stated to have a daughter in the game, and in the tie-in film, the little girl is shown in several scenes. And in the ending animation sequence of her Arcade Mode in Super Street Fighter IV, she meets up with Lauren, giving her a hug and telling her that she loves her.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Not so much in her fighting style but in her story, she's arguably Capcom's interpretation of Vanessa from The King of Fighters (both being female secret agents with a family life back at home).
  • Ambiguously Brown: In some artwork. She's likely mixed-race.
  • Animal Motifs: Her code name is Crimson Viper. Her red hair is styled to resemble a snake, with a loose strand forming the tongue, even.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Her main outfit.
  • Badass Longcoat: As her alternate costume.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her default and first alternate costumes, the alternate more so than the default.
  • Bifauxnen: Subverted—When first introduced, her back braid was not seen a lot, and if it wasn't for her breasts, she might've passed as a guy, what with wearing a tuxedo. Now that it's known that she has that braid...
  • Boobs of Steel: Has the largest bust of the playable cast and is a huge damage dealer.
  • Breakout Character: She joined the cast of Marvel vs. Capcom 3, being the first of the new Street Fighter characters to be in a Vs. game. This meant she achieved in three years what several Capcom characters have failed to do in many: appear in a Vs. game.
  • The Cameo: She appears in Street Fighter V during Bison's story mode.
  • Cleavage Window: Divided in two by the tie.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Her powers come from her clothes.
  • Code Name: Crimson Viper.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Because she uses a battle suit to fight, she's been labeled a cheater and dishonorable to some of the World Warriors. See the win quote at the top of Viper's bio for her response.
  • Combat Stilettos: Her boots are apparently part of her combat suit.
  • Confusion Fu: In the hands of a master, fighting against her is a constant guessing game.
  • Cool Shades: She has big yellow shades.
  • Dark Action Girl: Subverted: she seems to be a reverse mole in regards to S.I.N., and while cold to the other warriors does have a kinder side that she shows to her little girl.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Although, her skin is not that dark.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: She's generally thought of to be the hardest character in the game to learn, because her moves demand a very high execution curve. However, her unpredictable mixups and raw speed and power more than make up for it, if she is mastered.
  • The Dragon: She's played as one for Seth in Street Fighter IV and in the tie-in film, but she's apparently a reverse mole instead.
  • Fragile Speedster: C. Viper is not only quick, but her combos deliver a ton of damage. But what makes her a Fragile Speedster instead of a Lightning Bruiser is that her health is below average like most female characters. And her stun rating is poor as well.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Her use of gadgets puts her at odds with most of the other fighters. Even Gouken initially has nothing nice to say about her. However she's fundamentally working for the good guys nonetheless.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: Viper has lousy normals, but great specials and mix-ups. This makes perfect sense when you consider that she's not a trained martial artist, but a fit woman who just happens to have a powered suit.
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: She boasts a delinquent pompadour, hinting at her duplicitous nature.
  • Gorgeous Gaijin: American, and her 98cm bust is the biggest among any female in the series. Ironically, Chun-Li is still bigger in-game.
  • Groin Attack: C. Viper pulls off a rare female version on Cammy in The Ties That Bind. With a fistful of lightning no less.
  • Guile Heroine: Viper works for the CIA, is the reverse mole to S.I.N., investigates Shadaloo, apparently drops anonymous tips to the other fighters, etc.
  • I Have a Family
  • Internal Homage: Some of Viper's normal and spcial moves are strikingly similar to Captain Commando's, specifically in his Marvel vs. Capcom 1 and 2 appearances.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She can be kinda icy to the other World Warriors. Still, she is sweet and cuddly with her little daughter as seen at the end of her arcade mode in Super Street Fighter IV.
    • It also shows in some of her win quotes against certain opponents in SSFIV; while most of her comments are rather caustic, some of them express a genuine interest in and sympathy for her opponents' personal situations.
    (to Guile) "Whose dog tags are those? Ah, I see. You're fighting for a lost friend..."
    (to Ibuki) "I used to skip school all the time, too. Those were the days..."
    (to Hugo) "I'll let you go. Just promise to take good care of your mother."
  • Mysterious Woman: Even provides the page quote.
  • Nothing Personal: She's here on an assignment, nothing more and nothing less.
  • Playing with Fire: Burning Kick? Burst Time? Burning Dance? Does the ring bell?
  • Powered Armor: Her suit includes a number of gadgets (glasses with heads-up display and recording bugs, taser gloves and jet boosters on the shoes that she can use as flamethrowers).
  • Punch-Clock Hero/Punch-Clock Villain: She seems to be highly uninterested in fighting, only using this as a means to an end to complete her mission.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her braid reaches down to the back of her knees.
  • Reverse Mole: Heavily implied that she's a CIA agent working undercover.
  • The Rival: To Chun-Li, every time they encounter each other.
  • Sensual Spandex/Sexy Backless Outfit: Her second DLC costume.
  • Shock and Awe: If Thunder Knuckle is any indication.
  • Shockwave Stomp: Seismic Hammer — She can punch the ground underneath her really hard, generating localized shockwaves at different distances, depending on the strength of the punch used.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's 5'9", tying with Poison, Laura, and Falke as the third-tallest female Street Fighter character after Elena (6'0") and Rose (5'10").
  • Tarot Motifs: C. Viper represents Temperance in the 30th Anniversary Tarot Deck. Temperance is associated with synthesis, harmony, and the merging of opposites, alluding to Viper's leading of a double life as a CIA agent and a loving mother.
  • X-Ray Sparks: Thunder Knuckle has this effect on her opponents.

Man Without a Past
"Fighting will help me to remember."
Origin: France flag 
Fighting style: MMA
Voiced by: note 
A ridiculously tall and large young Frenchman who uses mixed martial arts. He is an amnesiac who was taken in by a mercenary who rescued him from one of Shadaloo's bases. After the mercenary died, he decided to hunt down surviving members of Shadaloo, believing them to be the connection to his lost memories. He enters the Street Fighter IV tournament to find out Shadaloo's connection to the S.I.N. corporation.
  • Apologetic Attacker: More than one of his quotes have him either apologizing to his opponents or showing some worry for their well-being.
  • Body Horror: Abel occasionally makes some allusions to his body feeling very strange and how similar Seth looks to him. While the mainline games have not yet followed up on the implications, a costume in Street Fighter X Tekken fully confirms them...
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In V, he attacks his allies because of being infected by Psycho Power while undercover. Nash breaks him out of it.
  • Cloning Blues: It is hinted in Seth's story mode and Abel's ending that Abel is nothing more than a genetically engineered replacement body for Bison.
  • Confusion Fu: One of his unlockable titles is "Mixup Master."
  • Depending on the Writer: His storyline and characterisation are played seriously in Street Fighter IV, but for whatever reason, his slightly naive, blank-slate personality is hugely exaggerated in Street Fighter X Tekken, turning him into a childish, ditzy Cloud Cuckoo Lander.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Only his default costume lacks shoes. Humorously, he doesn't even bother to wear shoes as part of his Shadaloo soldier disguise in V.
  • French Jerk: Nope.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Super Street Fighter IV introduces his faible for dogs. And in Street Fighter X Tekken, he really wants to pet a bear. Also in that game, he finds aliens, who resemble bears, cute.
  • Gentle Giant: Has a thing for dogs, specially the white puppy he befriends in his Super SFIV prologue. Who happily comes to greet him in his ending, as Abel happily says "It's good to be back home."
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: While is more apparent in the art for the character than on his actual in-game model, Abel has his body Covered with Scars from head to toe, similarly to Zangief.
  • Gratuitous... Something: His voice in English has a particularly muddled accent that randomly switches from English to French to German to... well, you get the picture. You wouldn't know he's French if not for the flag in his selection screen picture.
    • Gratuitous French: He starts speaking a little French in his Street Fighter X Tekken appearance - "En garde, s'il vous plaît." ("Get ready please" more or less) and "Aidez-moi!" (Help!) when he tags out. Come his appearance in Street Fighter V, and his dialogue uses French words a lot more frequently.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He has blond hair and is a really Nice Guy. This is also a contrast to Seth with his Bald of Evil.
  • Happily Adopted: By a French mercenary, after he was rescued him from Shadaloo by Charlie Nash. However, the mercenary died prior to the events of IV, leaving Abel alone again.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: He befriends a puppy and later adopts it.
  • Hunk: He's ruggedly handsome, with a charming side to him due to his love for small animals and overall personality.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Linked to Shadaloo. As such, he's something of an Manchild. Just see the below trope.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Unlike other grappler characters, he's surprisingly not slow. Though, since it's Street Fighter, it's not that much of a surprise.
  • Loony Fan: In IV, his rival battle is against Fei Long. He's a huge fan of Fei Long's movies; when Fei Long meets him in Fei's rival battle, Abel expresses his admiration of the guy by picking a fight with him. You'll laugh when a sound byte of Abel saying, "I've seen all of your movies~!" plays after, say, Abel using his HCB + P command throw on Fei Long.
  • Nice Guy: Similar like Ryu, most of his arcade win quotes show his sympathy for his opponents.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Abel's Shadaloo uniform in V doesn't do much to hide his identity. His face is uncovered and he still walks around barefoot, making it rather obvious that he's Abel. Thankfully, nobody seems to notice who he is, except for F.A.N.G at one point, but he manages to re-infiltrate Shadaloo after Guile's character story is over.
  • Quest for Identity: "Someone out there must know something about me. I've got to find them!"
  • Protagonist Without a Past: He suffers from amnesia.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: After Abel, the second son of Adam and Eve.
  • Reverse Mole: Goes undercover in Shadaloo to learn more about S.I.N. in V.
  • Spear Counterpart: Of Cammy, arguably. They're both young, amnesiac clones of the Big Bad of the game they first appeared in, and both enter the tournament in order to find out who they really are. They're also both blond, Western European with light blue eyes, and also share a scarred face. However Cammy prefer cats while Abel chooses dogs.
  • "Uh-Oh" Eyes: His eyes briefly turn black during his Soulless Ultra, hinting at his connection to Seth.
  • Unnecessary Combat Roll: Abel incorporates the Marseilles Roll, a rolling maneuver, in his fighting style. Although, this move is actually effective when it comes to closing the distance on projectile-spamming foes, or dodging attacks, so it's actually a necessary combat roll.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: If he didn't pepper in a few French words into his dialogue, it'd be impossible to tell where he's from.m

    El Fuerte
Hurricane of the Gulf
"It's Super Dynamic Cooking Time!"
Origin: Mexico flag 
Fighting style: Lucha libre
Voiced by: note 
A luchador/aspiring chef. He enters the tournament to find the perfect recipe for his new delicacy. El Fuerte is an old friend of T.Hawk.
  • Berserk Button: Insulting his mask, professional wrestling, or R. Mika.
  • Captain Ersatz: Bears some resemblance to mexican luchador Mistico.
  • Chef of Iron: Type 1. He enters the tournament to find new recipe ideas.
  • Confusion Fu: El Fuerte has a normal move called Habanero Dash, where he runs towards you. Doesn't sound that bad, no? Well, this move has six different followup moves: evasive actions, high attacks, low attacks, air attacks, and throws. Given that they all start with that running animation, you might be realizing the big picture about now.
  • Cool Mask/Masked Luchador
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: The opinions on his cooking are mixed throughout the series, but his ending is another story: He mixes Chanko stew and Borscht, Honda and Zangief's favorite national foods, trying to quell the argument between them as to whose dish is better. One bite and they're both blue in the face.
  • Fanboy: Of Rainbow Mika.
  • Fighting Clown: He's a lethal chef with no concept of good cooking (and that is sadly what drives his motivation to fight). He's got ludicrous premises, hammy voice actors, comical-looking attacks with silly food-themed names — it's difficult to take him seriously. But he also has a level of mobility second only to Vega, an unpredictable array of attacks, rapid aerial defense, and high comboability. In the right hands, he's got quite a lot going for him.
  • Forgotten Childhood Friend: He only remembered his childhood friendship with T. Hawk after an insult-sparked brawl.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: Averted. He's shown wielding one in his fight intro, but he doesn't use it in battle.
  • Gratuitous English: In Japanese, he randomly shouts out English, despite being Mexican.
    • Makes sense, considering who his Japanese voice actor is.
    • Gratuitous Spanish: In T. Hawk's rival match with him, El Fuerte drops an audible "amigo" in his opening line. El Fuerte's English VA, J.B. Blanc, adds a few more Spanish words to his dialogue. He even refers to Zangief (during their rival fight) by using the Spanish translation of Zangief's own Red Baron moniker: "Tornado Rojo."
  • Incoming Ham: See catchphrase, and his intro cinematic Big "OMG!" — over meal preparation.
  • Lethal Chef: Figuratively and literally. Chanko Stew + Borscht + a pinch of Chili Pepper = The taste that will send you straight to heaven.
    • His ending in SSFIV has his cooking assistants flat out asking if he really knows what the heck he's doing.
    • Subverted slightly, as he is very good at making Mexican dishes, but is played straight when he tries to cook anything else.
    • He does seem to find a happy customer in Elena, though. Her arcade mode ending shows an image of her happily about to dig into a feast prepared by El Fuerte, and her win quote against him has her say that she likes his cooking. Then again, she also adds in that she has to leave, so it could be that she's just too nice to say anything negative about his cooking.
      • In Dan's victory quote against him, he specifically asks him to cook for him, wanting to let his taste buds judge him instead.
  • Loony Fan: Of Rainbow Mika. In the UDON comics, when T. Hawk says R. Mika looks ridiculous, El Fuerte feels he has no choice but to start a fight over it. Decked in full R. Mika cooking merch. Given that Mika is herself a Loony Fan of Zangief, this makes it recursive loony fandom.
  • Masked Luchador: A pretty straightforward one, though his chef gimmick makes him stand out.
  • Master of None: One serious critique of El Fuerte that many other characters level against him is that his attempts to multitask between fighting and cooking has left him with wasted potential in both fields.
  • Meaningful Name: "El Fuerte" is Spanish for "The Strong One."
  • Red Baron: "The Hurricane of the Gulf of Mexico."
  • Shout-Out: The El Fuerte Ultra Spark. The finishing hold looks very much like the Muscle Spark.
  • Theme Naming: His attacks are named after Mexican food.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Justified. He is a luchador.
  • Wall Jumper: Another one in this game.

Acrobatic Giant
Origin: USA flag 
Fighting style: (What he thinks is) Karate and Kung Fu
Voiced by: note 
A morbidly obese man who wants to fight Ken to prove that he is the number one fighter in the USA. Rufus doesn't actually know what Ken looks like, having only heard about Ken's win in the U.S. fighting scene. He's a very talkative person and usually doesn't stop talking if given the chance. His fighting style is an amalgamation of the numerous kung-fu movies he's watched over the years with a bit of correspondence course work and travel abroad to sort out the fact from the fiction. He has a beautiful girlfriend called Candy, who was once rescued by Rufus when they first met while she was doing a dine and dash. Aside from his pride in his fighting abilities, he's also proud of his motorbike.
  • Acrofatic: It says something that Rufus has one of the highest jump arcs in the game. In addition, he is capable of cartwheels, pirouettes and Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: "You just can't compare!"
  • Big Eater: As you can probably tell by looking at him. His win-quote against El Fuerte drives it home with some overwhelming exceptions:
    "Sorry, pal. I´m a pretty picky eater. I only eat burgers, hot dogs, fries, pizza, onion rings, spaghetti, sandwiches, chicken, steak, pork chops, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, roast beef..."
  • Big Fun: A fat guy who is more a Plucky Comic Relief than a serious fighter.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Several characters comment on how surprisingly strong Rufus is, and fathom how powerful he could be if he just lost weight.
    • He is also apparently knowledgeable about the finer points of the rules of Sumo. Enough that he is capable of pointing out to E. Honda that what E. Honda now fights with isn't really sumo wrestling at all.
  • Brooklyn Rage: He speaks with a strong Brooklyn/Bronx accent.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Some of his rants are really random, to say the least.
  • The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right: Though some of his winquotes are actually true. The most obvious one might be the winquote against E. Honda, when Rufus notes that fighting outsiders outside of the ring is illegal for Sumo fighters.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: A big moron, but a very skilled fighter.
  • Carpet of Virility: Unusually for this trope, rather than having hair on his upper-chest, he instead has a bushy "Treasure trail" rising part of the way up his belly.
  • Eagleland: Mostly "boorish", but not entirely. He's loud, obnoxious, dumb, clinically obese, and obsessed with sci-fi. He's also legitamately skilled, basically well-intentioned despite his worst tendencies, has an attractive, loving girlfriend, and is enjoying his life.
  • Fat and Proud: He scoffs at "skinny dudes" (i.e., the majority of the roster), frets about losing too much weight with exercise, and tells the enormous Zangief that he should fatten up like Rufus to be healthy.
  • Fat Bastard: Mainly when the name "Ken Masters" is brought up.
  • Fat Idiot: Really fat. Really dumb (though, he has smart moments).
    • It says really something that Zangief looks smart in comparison to him when they team up in Street Fighter X Tekken.
  • Fighting Clown: He's considered one of the best characters in the game, and in Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (Version 2012), Rufus is (still) a top pick for tournaments.
  • Girlish Pigtails: In his alternate costume, whereas his normal outfit displays a single one (technically it's a braided topknot, but still).
  • Gonk: He's intended to be ugly and disgusting to create a shock factor for the players, which should make him memorable.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Subverted. At first glance, it looks like Rufus came up with his elaborate fighting techniques simply by watching kung-fu movies and eating like a pig. However, it's revealed that in order to refine his Kung Food, Rufus took on correspondence courses and later went to China to study under various masters. Not to mention he built muscle by carrying motorcycles on his back.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Him and his girlfriend Candy.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: The crux of his fighting style, as it is wholly based on things that he gleaned from watching martial arts flicks in his youth. Gets some credit because he traveled the world in order to sort out the reality from the fiction.
  • Incoming Ham: The moment you see him fly onto the screen, you had better brace yourself.
  • Jiggle Physics: His belly.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Some of his quotes has him do this to certain characters, such as Chun-Li's hips or asking Seth what it's like being a robot.
  • Large Ham: Talks himself up to a ridiculous degree. Everyone else seems to think he's just a windbag.
  • Lethal Joke Character: He's only a joke until he's landing on you.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He seems to be quite similar to Tekken 6's Bob as an incredibly agile fat guy. Hilariously, Bob is his rival in Street Fighter X Tekken.
  • Motor Mouth: He does not only talk a lot, he talks fast as weell.
  • Moveset Clone: Because of his obsession with kung-fu movies, he trained fervently in Chinese martial arts so much so that many of his normal moves and special attacks are similar to those used by Chun-Li, Gen, Yun, and Yang if somewhat tweaked to accommodate his larger size and lack of high-class training (while Gen only needs to use one finger for his Hyakurenko, Rufus needs to use both his hands to perform the comparable Snake Strike). However, his Galactic Tornado and its various offshoots are techniques unique to himself.
  • The Münchausen: Rants a lot in his winning quotes. Toned down in Street Fighter X Tekken, where his win quotes are regular-sized, but some of them still look like he'll go on droning.
    • Even his Versus Mode quotes are like this. See, every character has at least two short win quotes among the random quotes that may pop up when you win a Versus Match. Rufus' short quotes are the size of the regular win quotes. Behold.
  • Oh, Crap!: He says this upon being KO'd.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: His Snake Strike.
  • Rescue Romance: How Candy became his girl, as implied in his exchange with Rose:
    "I'll never forget when I first met my girl. It was a rainy day in October and I was on my way home from a fight. Suddenly, this chick came outta an' was all like 'Help!' I guess she pulled a dine an' dash, so I beat up the waiter that was chasin' after her!"
  • Seinfeldian Conversation: Many players has read his win quotes (yes, it is possible) and thought, "What the heck is he talking about?" Check them.
    • Averted in SSFIV. He actually does stay on topic better, even if he goes off from time to time.
  • Shown Their Work: An in-universe example. Rufus watches a lot of movies, and when he wanted to become a fighter, he traveled around the world to confirm which techniques in movies can or cannot be performed, in the process becoming a formidable fighter that is very, very easy to underestimate.
  • Spin Attack:
    • His Galactic Tornado, which can blow through projectiles.
    • Messiah Kick begins with a series of mid-air spins. More visible in the EX version where his spinning actually causes hits.
    • His second Ultra from SSFIV, Big Bang Tornado, is also this, mixed with Snake Strike and brought Up to Eleven.
  • Stout Strength
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Girlfriend: Rufus' girlfriend is a hot little number named Candy who thinks he's super awesome. Doubles as a Huge Guy, Tiny Girl couple.
  • Unknown Rival: Inverse example. He counts himself as Ken's rival, but doesn't know who Ken actually is, and mistakes every blond character for him. Then played straight, as Ken has no knowledge of his existence prior to their match.
    • He mistakes Cammy for Ken, because of her hair color. Even besides the no pants, different appearance, and being female thing, you'd think he'd keep both hair color and length in mind.
    • He mistakes Makoto for Ken, because she uses a gi and goes barefoot. Try and top that.
    • This even goes beyond universe - in one of the trailers for Street Fighter X Tekken, he mistakes Bob for Ken, because he is blonde and wears red. It gets even more amusing when he goes flying past Ken himself later on in the trailer.
      • It only gets worse there. He also mistakes Steve, Paul, JACK-X, Lili, Nina and King for Ken. That's right. He mistakes a guy whose entire head is covered in a jaguar mask for Ken. We can't tell if this is more absurd than the two preceding examples (a French girl and an Irish woman) or not.
    • Then, in Ultra, he goes on to mistake Decapre and Poison for Ken. Nothing more needs to be said.
    • Yet strangely enough, he's never mistaken Akuma for Ken, despite the fact that Akuma wears a gi.
  • Unreliable Voice Over: He narrates his long road to becoming such a formidable fighter in the UDON comics... except when he talks about his tireless effort we see him watching TV late at night and eating like a pig. Though it's subverted when we're shown him jogging with two motorcycles strapped to his back.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Though he's not too fond of doing so.
    "I don't get my jollies beatin' up on schoolkids, alright? This is a tournament an' I was just followin' the rules is all."

The Unstoppable Force
"No illusion is safe when bathed in the pure light of the moon. Now is the time to test your strength!"
Origin: Japan flag 
Fighting style: Ansatsuken
Voiced by: note 
Gouken is the master of Ryu and Ken and Akuma's older brother; he trained with Akuma under Goutetsu until Akuma killed their master in a Duel to the Death. Gouken refined the special techniques from the assassination art taught to him by Master Goutetsu into a non-lethal martial art, then passed on his knowledge to Ryu and Ken. He was believed to be dead, but he managed to survive his battle with Akuma by using the Power of Nothingness — which empties the mind and soul of all thought and sin — to render the Shun Goku Satsu useless. As a side effect, however, he was rendered unconscious for several years. Gouken now hopes to reunite with his pupils and test their strength.

He makes an appearance in Street Fighter V as an NPC during the game's tutorial mode, which involves Ryu having a flashback to the Alpha era, back when Gouken was training him.
  • The Ace: In his backstory managed to beat Akuma in the first fight, and when they fought again he had resort to the Shun Goku Satsu to win.
  • Ascended Meme/Defictionalization: From the infamous EGM "Sheng Long" April Fools' joke. He even has all of the moves (in one way or another) that the joke detailed!
    • One of his win quotes:
    "You must defeat me to stand a chance!"
    • One of the unlockable profile messages actually name-checks 'Sheng Long' as another name Gouken apparently goes by.
  • Badass Beard: As befits an Old Master.
  • Badass Boast: "I may be old, but my time is far from over."
  • Big Good: The closest thing the series has to one. Being extremely wise, powerful, and benevolent certainly helps. And unlike most of the other protagonists who could fill the role, he is actively aiming to snuff out evil.
  • Bonus Boss: You mustn't lose any round before defeating Seth, you need to Perfects, ten first attacks and five Super or Ultra finishers, but do not finish Seth of with a Super/Ultra.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": Like Akuma, Gouken has a personal kanji of his own, although it is rarely displayed. It can be seen faded on the back of his gi; it is Mu (無), meaning "nothingness".
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Akuma's Cain. And Akuma nearly killed him.
  • The Cameo: He appears as an NPC in Street Fighter V, although he could easily be Promoted to Playable later down the line via DLC.
  • Canon Immigrant: First appeared in a Street Fighter II manga before appearing in Akuma's ending the first Alpha and as a hidden challenger in IV. Before that, Ryu and Ken's master was just a nameless unseen character.
  • Convenient Coma: One that lasted years.
  • Cool Old Guy: An old man who not only trained Ryu and Ken, but also survived the Shun Goku Satsu is really a cool guy.
  • Counter-Attack: His Kongoshin ("Diamond Body") will stop any non-armor breaking attack (in the right direction), then he simply stomps and sends his opponent flying across the screen. "It's no use!" indeed.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Unlike most other practitioners of Ansatsuken, Gouken only has the Shoryuken available to him as Super and Ultra combos. Assassin's Fist may give a story explanation for this oddity; while training Ken and Ryu, Gouken demonstrates each of the three principle techniques of his own variety of Ansatsuken, with a fairly average Hadouken and Tatsumaki Senpukyaku. However, when he demonstrates the Shoryuken, he performs it with such skill that Ryu and Ken are left in awe. Presumably Gouken spent so much time trying to remove the Satsui no Hado from the Shoryuken that he managed to devise two incredibly powerful forms: the Forbidden and Shin Shoryuken, his Super and Ultra combos. Gouken probably decided to use these "purer" forms of the Shoryuken, while abandoning their more violent and basic variations.
  • Dead All Along: In the Japanese dialogue in SSFIV, it's heavily implied that Gouken did die shortly after Akuma attacked him, and that his appearance in the game is actually his spirit. Traces of this were removed from the translations however. Street Fighter V makes it clear that he is very much alive.
  • Defeat Means Playable: In Street Fighter IV. Starts as playable in SSFIV.
  • Deus ex Machina: The Power of Nothingness (or Mu no Ken in Japanese), a technique never spoken of before IV, is the reason behind Gouken's survival of the Shun Goku Satsu and subsequent coma, as well as how he purges Ryu of the Satsui no Hadou.
  • Diving Kick: Like Akuma (although he performs the technique differently), the Tenma Kujinkyaku, which can be done from a jump or during his Hyakkishu.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Like his disciples, he goes around barefooted.
  • Good Counterpart: To Akuma.
  • Fatal Flaw: Compassion. He refuses to kill his brother Akuma both times he defeats him, which comes back to bite him in the form of a ten year long coma.
  • Flash Step: Gouken's answer to his brother's Ashura Senku was to weaponize it in the form of the Senkugoshoha (Flashing Air Piercing Wave). When executed, Gouken rushes forward, ignoring attacks, and strikes his opponent with the flat of his palm so hard they go flying, depending on the variation used sometimes high enough to land another Senkugoshoha afterwards.
  • Hero Ball: Gouken refuses to kill Akuma, even after Akuma makes it clear, on multiple occasions, that he has no qualms about killing Gouken if he ever defeats him. Justified since his goal is to show Akuma that their arts do not need the Satsui no Hadou and that strength is attainable even without sacrificing one's humanity. Thus it does make sense that he would not kill the brother who intends to kill him, as doing so would not only make him a hypocrite, it would prove Akuma correct instead. Furthermore, should Oni manifest and consume Akuma to the point that his soul is all but dead, Gouken is willing to drop this compunction in no time flat, since it's the force of pure destruction that he'd be killing.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: He kicked Dan Hibiki out of his school because he feared that his desire for revenge would corrupt him. Years later, it's the two pupils he chose to keep that wind up wrestling with violent dark sides while Dan has grown into a largely heroic (if hapless) martial artist.
  • Hurricane Kick: A particularly awesome rising variation called the Tatsumaki Gorasen.
  • I Have No Son!: His win quote to Evil Ryu.
    "You are no pupil of mine."
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Why he refuses to kill Akuma, despite defeating him twice.
  • It's Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Exclusive to his japanese VA; Gouken is the only Ansatsuken practitioner to emphasize the "ken" in Shoryuken, while every other practitioner emphasizes the "Shoryu".
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Has a chargeable, angle-able variant.
  • Martial Pacifist
  • Meaningful Name: Gouken (豪拳) means "strong fist."
  • Nice Guy: Just check his win quotes, if Gouken has something bad to say about you, you deserve it.
  • Nice Hat: A huge-ass one in one of his alternate costumes.
  • No-Sell: In Akuma's ending of the base version of IV, the State of Nothingness allows him to do this to Shun Goku Satsu.
  • Not Quite Dead: This seems to be the explanation for him appearing in IV.
  • Old Master: Never mind that he's the sagacious old man who taught Ryu and Ken how to fight, he canonically defeated Akuma prior to the first game (although Akuma would seemingly pay him back in a second duel, one which ended with the infamous Shun Goku Satsu). And when he comes back to settle the score, he manages to momentarily one-up his brother again by shrugging off the SGS.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Possibly, depending on your interpretation. His victory quote against Oni is a short and dry "Goodbye, brother.", which can be interpreted as him killing Oni.
  • Parental Substitute: To Ryu, his adopted son. He's also something of a second father to Ken.
  • Passing the Torch: Gouken knows he won't live forever, and entrusts Ken and Ryu to continue the legacy of Ansatsuken once he passes.
  • Physical God: Downplayed compared to Oni, but Gouken, after having just recently awakened from an almost ten year coma comes to blows with Akuma, and not only nullifies the Shun Goku Satsu but, judging by the fact that Ryu is still alive, defeats Akuma as well. He is also one of the few characters who, in story, has a solid fighting chance against Oni.
  • Power of the Void: Somewhat. His "Power of Nothingness" or "Fist of Nothingness" (無の拳, Mu no Ken) refers more to the power that one gains when one reaches the state of inner peace, pure reason and clear mind, free of emotions, and understanding one's place within the vastness of all creation, i.e "voiding your mind". It's rooted in Zen Buddhism and their use of "Mu" in their philosophy.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He tells Bison that he has never seen anyone abuse power worse than him and that his foolishness knows absolutely no bounds.
  • Religious Bruiser: According to the comics, he is a devout Shintoist. He even has a shrine to Goutetsu in his dojo. Assassin's Fist, however, mentions him as a Mahayana Buddhist. The two are not mutually exclusive, so he may just practice both.
  • Restrained Revenge: Refuses to kill Akuma for fear of becoming just like him. He settles for humiliating him in battle.
  • The Rival: Ryu and Akuma.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Spent a decade, give or take a couple years, in a coma.
  • Shirtless Scene: He has a shirtless alternate outfit.
  • Shoryuken: Although he only uses it as a Super/Ultra.
  • Shotoclone: Surprisingly subverted. Despite Gouken is Gouki/Akuma's brother and is Ryu and Ken's master, Gouken's fighting style is very different from all shoto characters. He doesn't have a Shoryuken as a basic special move, his Hurricane Kick works different than the typical Tatsumaki Senpuukyaku, and the angles of the Hadouken, which he can fire with one hand, depends on the punch button that is pushed.
  • Stroke the Beard: In his opening and victory animations.
  • Take That!: To his own brother, no less; "Neither man nor demon. You are but a deluded fool, Akuma! Nothing more!"
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Gouken despises killing so much that he formed an entirely new branch of Ansatsuken just to tone down the lethality of the art.
  • Tough Love: Raised Ryu and Ken with a mixture of this and honest compassion.
  • Triumphant Reprise: His theme is a more lively and heroic version of Akuma's.
  • True Final Boss: His role in the first two ''SFIV" games.
  • Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: The first battle between him and Akuma played out like this. Older information has them exchanging Hadoukens so powerful that they leveled a mountain range.
  • Warrior Therapist: A textbook example; Gouken is old, supremely powerful, and a font of wisdom for younger fighters. Gouken even tries to instill wisdom and goodness into people like Seth and Bison.
    to Dee Jay - "Quiet your heart and truly listen, and you will be surprised at what you hear."
    to Cody "Rethink what you are doing, young one. You cannot run from yourself forever."
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Earlier sources during both II and Alpha mentioned the existence of a daughter (nicknamed "Ojou-san") who witnessed Gouken's death at the hands of Akuma, was hopelessly smitten with Ryu, and provided him with the white headband he wore until II.
  • Worthy Opponent: Sagat. Apparently, Gouken has wanted to face him for years. Subverted with Akuma in that while Gouken does recognize his strength and the danger he poses, he simply views him as a fool less than a man.
  • X-Ray Sparks: His Denjin Hadouken in Super IV has this effect. Note that Ryu could use the exact same technique in 3rd Strike, and had the same electrifying effect on the opponent.

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"Etch my name upon your soul, and know that the one who killed you is called Seth."
Origin: S.I.N. flag 
Fighting style: Transcendent fighting style beyond human knowledge
Voiced by (Seth): note 
Voiced by (Doll Unit Zero): note 
Seth is the CEO of S.I.N, the (former) weapons division of Shadaloo. Seth modified his own body to include an S.I.N invention known as the Tanden Engine; the device is used to help Seth assimilate the abilities of anyone he fights. Seth also created the BLECE Project, which relies on ki to create super-soldiers (in this case, the Ki Seth uses is the Satsui no Hadou); he sees Ryu as the "ultimate test subject" and desires his untapped Satsui no Hadou to complete the BLECE project. Seth has another goal in mind, as well: surpassing his creator, M. Bison, before destroying him once and for all.

Seth returns in V, but in a very different way. During IV, it's revealed that Seth, or rather #15, is actually one of 27 spare robot bodies created for Bison in the event his current one gives out due to his Psycho Power becoming too powerful and exceeding the limits of what it can hold. To further his plans, Bison decided to give one of them complete sentience and propped it up as head of Shadaloo's weapons division - a puppet figurehead to throw off Bison's enemies. With newfound sentience, the unit named itself Seth and believed that with his unique power, he could betray and kill Bison and take over Shadaloo for himself, in order to cement himself as the true world ruler. This did not come to pass, as Bison had already foreseen the possibility of his betrayal when he granted Seth his sentience, and fatally wounded him, leaving his dying body for Juri to finish off. Seth's body was completely destroyed beyond repair...but not his mind. Juri had somehow managed to obtain his mind from an old S.I.N laboratory, as well as a prototype body known as Doll Unit #0 which was based on her. With his mind implanted within a brand-new, female body, Seth lives once again, and is eager to continue his plans to gather the data of the world's greatest fighters and destroy all traces of Shadaloo.
  • A God Am I: He's always been a megalomaniac with delusions of grandeur, but he often explicitly refers to himself as a "king" in V. Again and again and again...
    Within my body lies the whole of the universe. I am eternal.
    Data is the tapestry of human history. Therefore, I am the world!
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: Despite his time as a megalomanical, murderous CEO of a vicious crime syndicate, certain characters note Seth is really just the way he is because of Bison and pity him. In particular, Gouken easily sees through his bluster and Karin even says she has nothing against Seth and only desires to punish Bison.
  • Abusive Parents: Bison is essentially an abusive father figure to Seth, and Seth is the child desperate to prove to him his worth. To hammer in the point, Seth almost calls Bison something along the lines of a father in V before his Death of Personality sets in.
  • Adaptational Badass: While he's no slouch in the games and the anime, the UDON comics have him holding his own against Akuma of all people. He even manages to survive the Shun Goku Satsu, which can kill anyone with a soul.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Many characters express pity for Seth's state in V, with Cammy outright calling him a victim of Shadaloo, a sentiment echoed by Rose in IV. Despite attacking them in a demented frenzy, even Ed and Falke recognize Seth as such and declare him to not be their enemy.
    Falke: You are no enemy of ours. Just a specter wandering aimlessly...
  • All for Nothing: Gouken expresses that Seth will not find his truest desires through his evil ways and suggests he turn to good. Surely enough, his ending crawl of his V arcade route in Street Fighter V cements this. It sees Seth killing Bison and absorbing his power, ascending to becoming a Shiva-like deity worshipped by mortals, just like how he always claimed to want. However, the narration suggests Seth's troubled mind has still yet to find any peace.
  • All Your Powers Combined: His moveset in IV consists of Guile's Sonic Boom, Chun Li's Hyakuretsukyaku, Dhalsim's Yoga Teleport and the long-armed Hard Punch, the Shoryuken, Zangief's Spinning Piledriver and a Command Dive Kick. His new moveset in V not only combines moves from other Street Fighter characters, but from characters from other fighting games as well.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: He has greyish blue skin. It also becomes dark when he's using the Tanden Engine.
  • Amazonian Beauty: His second body, being modeled after Juri, is both gorgeous and extremely fit. Amusingly, he shares the same general body proportions in his Nostalgia costume (read: his male body), so some aspects bleed into it as well, mostly legs that make up half his overall height.
  • Ambiguous Gender Identity: His appearance in V where he inhabits a female body raises many questions regarding this. While he's generally still referred to with male pronouns and retains his distinctly male voice, by Capcom's official word, "Seth is more machine than human, and was never male or female to begin with", and the blog post doesn't refer to him with any pronouns whatsoever. In the story mode, Juri is told while activating Seth's new body that it has a gender, yet Falke refers to Seth with gender-neutral "they"/"them" pronouns, in English at least.note 
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Seth has always been very proud of his fighting skills, but this is taken up a notch in V owed to his Sanity Slippage. In gameplay, he can be seen frequently striking poses and taunting gestures at the end of his attacks if the player lets him be, even having a long-winded special taunt if left idle.
  • Arms Dealer: S.I.N.'s primary function before revolting against its benefactor, Shadaloo, was manufacturing and selling highly advanced weaponry on a global scale.
  • Art Evolution: A positively microscopic and downplayed example given how simple Seth's original appearance was: As of V, his male body's slitted pupils are completely visible and shades of black spots dot around his hips.
  • Artificial Human: Seth is one of hundreds of clones created to serve as replacement bodies for Bison, a trait he is most ashamed of.
  • Arch-Enemy: Bison is this to Seth, big time, although Bison does not hold Seth in such high regard.
  • Ascended Meme: "Downloaded" is a popular phrase in the fighting game community when a player has completely caught on to their opponent's habits and turns the tides. Occasionally in V, Seth will strike a triumphant pose and enthusiastically utter the phrase.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: His non-existent health values, high damage output, and extraordinarily versatile moveset encourage players to go on the offense and never let up. Further played up in Street Fighter V, where he has lost all of his defensive options from IV and noticeably suffers from being kept out by spacing fighters.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Seth's new body is based on Juri so he, of course, looks very attractive.
  • Ax-Crazy: Oh yes! He hides it well, but Seth is just as murderously insane as his creator Bison. His mental state is so chaotic that his underlings are scared shitless over the prospect of incurring his wrath, because it's heavily implied that he kills anyone who does. In V, his Humiliation Conga, "death", and subsequent resurrection have actually made his temperament worse. Seth is completely unhinged, prone to frequent mood swings and unnerving facial expressions and constantly sounds like he's on the verge of a complete mental breakdown. Although to be fair, whether the Seth in V can truly be seen as the same one from IV is left vague.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Outside of battle, Seth is usually seen dressed in a stylish business suit.
  • Bad Boss: Implied. He exclaims to Dan the penalty for wasting his time is an excruciatingly painful death and his interactions with his subordinates have them quite nervous about bringing up bad news. However, given that he cultivates enough loyalty to successfully instigate a mass coup against Bison, it's likely no different from how that man runs Shadaloo.
  • Badass Armfold: In V, if Seth is left idle, he will perform the exact same armfold Bison has by default. Complete with the same smug smile.
  • Bald of Evil: His original body was completely hairless. His new (female) one has long black hair with some of it stylized into a ring behind her head.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Completely lacking in obvious sexual features despite being naked.
  • Beating A Dead Player: We actually see him absorb his unconscious opponent's fighting techniques in V. Seth does this holding his opponent up by the face before dropping their lifeless body like a doll.
  • Berserk Button: He has several.
    • He is not to be referred to in any way that doesn't describe him as his own individual, such as his model number 15. As in, ever. And he won't thank you not to, he simply won't kill you on a dime if you don't.
      Seth: Never call me by my number!
    • It's heavily implied that failure is another one. After all, disruption of his grand schemes implies that he isn't as powerful as he believes himself to be, and damages his pride.
    • Don't hold back against him or go against his philosophies. Ryu learned this the hard way in The Ties That Bind.
  • Big Bad: Of the Street Fighter IV games.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Despite his efforts, Seth waged a war against Bison and Shadaloo that he ultimately lost humiliatingly, taking S.I.N. to the grave with his sanity.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: His eyes in IV, and by extension his Nostalgia costume in V, have black sclera. Averted with his new Doll Unit Zero body in V.
  • Blow You Away: His second Ultra Combo, the Tanden Typhoon, he bends over, bridges out, and blasts a tornado out and up from his Tanden Engine. Looks really ridiculous.
  • Blown Across the Room: Seth's standard Critical Art (unaided by his V-Trigger 1) sees him sucking his opponent into his Tanden Engine and blowing them straight into the other wall rather than the center screen.
  • Broken Record: Owing to the insanity he suffers from in V, the majority of his dialogue consists of just him asserting that his name is Seth and that he is a king.
  • Came Back Wrong: For vague reasons, Juri was instructed to revive by Seth by an unknown party, but did a poor job of it. This causes Seth to beat the crap out of her then go on a demented warpath for Bison's head, having gone off the full deep end of Ax-Crazy.
  • Camera Abuse: His first Ultra Combo in IV has him launching his opponent toward the screen, comically splattering their face over it if it wins the round. Carries over into V with his Critical Art while Seth's V-Trigger 1 is active, which has him again sucking his opponent into a black hole and launching them at the screen.
  • The Chessmaster: He's described as a marionette master.
  • Cleavage Window: His female swimsuit outfit in V has a very prominent cleavage window cut in the middle of his attire, moreso than his default appearance.
  • Cloning Blues: Seth is the 15th out of 27 identical robot bodies which serve as spare vessels for Bison. A fact that he hates with insane fervor and wants to prove otherwise.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Orders Juri to capture the Dolls so he can experiment on them.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: As a Final Boss Seth's Ultra Combos deal more damage than they do when used by the player.
  • Contortionist: With his new body in V being modeled after Juri, Seth seems to have inherited Juri's flexibility. His official character artwork has him balancing on one leg like Juri.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: His battle with Ryu in The Ties That Bind has him kicking the everloving crap out of him until Ryu enters the State of Nothingness and returns the favor.
  • Dance Battler: With his new body in V being modeled after Juri, Seth seems to have incorporated Juri's Taekwondo into his fighting style as he is far more graceful and agile, attacking opponents with a variety of elegant spins, twirls, and flips.
  • Dark Reprise: Seth's theme music in V is a highly twisted, erratic reprise of his theme from IV.
  • Death of Personality: Seth's story in V and many win quotes illustrate that the Seth as we knew him from IV has ceased to be. What is alive now is simply a personality that possesses Seth's memories and calls itself Seth, but does not know what itself really is.
    Gill: You appear to have no idea who you are.
  • Defeat Means Playable: In the original SFIV, Seth can be selected after he has been defeated at least once by every character. He's playable from the start since SSFIV.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: Thanks to his All Your Powers Combined gimmick, a Seth player has the right tool for every conceivable job, and his specials are flashy enough that you get to look good whilst doing it. The downside is that your health is very low, meaning that any mistakes will cost you greatly, and your similarly low damage output means that you can't just hope for a quick end to the match before you have a chance to make those mistakes. A poor Seth player is dead in seconds, whilst a good one surgically dismantles their foes without giving them the slightest chance to hurt him.
  • Ditto Fighter: In IV, his moveset is a smorgasbord of other fighters' moves in combination with a few unique of his own (albeit his own versions, and some with different input commands); he possesses Ryu and Ken's Shoryuken (which he can repeat multiple times), Guile's Sonic Boom, Chun-Li's Hyakuretsukyaku (although it appears very differently), Yosokyaku and Wall Jump, Zangief's Spinning Piledriver (although he performs it by uppercutting his opponent then teleporting up to catch them), Dhalsim's long-arm-hard-punch and Yoga Teleport, Akuma's Tenmakujinkyaku, and Abel's Focus Attack. This was revamped in V, giving him a more unique moveset with a Power Copying gimmick.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: Downplayed. While Seth did not resemble another character's playstyle on the roster of SFIV, most of his moves were taken from existing characters. In his transition to V, Seth has been given a complete overhaul, with Seth's base moves now being entirely original to him and his V-Skill II allowing him to copy one of his opponent's moves.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: He snarls this verbatim when using a V-Reversal in V. Considering most characters only pity him now...
  • Doppelgänger Attack: His V-Trigger powered Critical Art in V has him create a white clone of himself and together, they suck the opponent into a black hole before launching them at the screen.
  • Dramatic Irony: A crazed Seth's goals in V are first and foremost to destroy Bison and Shadaloo. By the time of his revival, Bison and Shadaloo are long dead.
  • The Dragon: Before F.A.N.G. was introduced, Seth was described as Bison's right hand and the second highest known authority in Shadaloo politics (Balrog and Vega are really just mercenaries). To the point that in the event of Bison being Killed Off for Real, Seth would seen as the nominal leader of the organization. It's only when Seth forgoes the nominal bit does Bison decide to get rid of him.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: He sports a very feminine body in V, with Juri acting as a basis for it, but he's still referred to with male pronouns and his deep male voice remains unchanged. Though some of his new alternate costumes have him dressed very femininely.
  • Empty Shell: To further cement Death of Personality, this is what spiritual characters in V claim Seth has become: a ghost wandering aimlessly without purpose.
    Zeku: Masterless puppet...a piece of driftwood an empty sea...
    Dhalsim: I pity you. Reduced to nothing more than an empty vessel...
  • Evil Is Hammy: His speech about humanity in his opening prologue in Super Street Fighter IV. The hamminess is virtually overflowing.
    Seth: Juri... That power... That eye... She's no ordinary fighter. She is an untamed animal who seeks to destroy and consume all that enters her sight. And that includes me. Still, as long as I can manipulate her like a pawn in my grand game, I shall leave her to her own devices. She has altered her own body in her insatiable quest for power. She respects no law. No morality. She does whatever it takes to achieve her goals and quench her limitless thirst. In that way, she's no different from me. Of course, all of humanity walks that path, whether they admit it or not. Strip away the restrictions of law and common decency, and it becomes clear that the engine that drives humanity is their own selfish ambition. To achieve one's own goals necessitates trampling those of others underfoot. Yet mankind is all too anxious to label those who would do so as evil. What tragic irony. Humanity's defeat at my hands will serve to strengthen me. I will be baptized in the fire of their unabashed ambition and be born anew, ready to usher in a new age free from the restrictions of artificial morality. Ha ha ha... I can then hunt down this emotionless animal for sport and put her down for good...
  • Evil Laugh: Does this when teleporting. Or when he grabs his opponent. Or when he uses his Ultra Combos. Or when somebody enters his stage. Or when he gets up after losing the first round. Put simply, Seth never misses an opportunity to cut loose.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Especially his Japanese voice, though his American voice is no slouch in that regard either.
  • Evil Twin: Considering they share the same origin, the same height, the same weight and the same face, Seth is one to Abel.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: A Mad Scientist who seeks world domination.
  • Face Palm Of Doom: His Tanden Engine V-Skill has him palm his opponent's face with one hand, the other clenching their abdomen. His match outro also sees him holding his opponent up by the face before dropping them.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Seth is considerably more poised and calm compared to his creator, often speaking in an intellectual and philosophical manner. Some of his winquotes have him genuinely complimenting his opponent's strength and skill. But he is certainly no less cold and ruthless. Averted completely in V. Seth has lost most, if not all, of his calm and sophisticated mannerisms for a churlish, openly insane, and childish personality.
  • Final Boss: Of the SFIV games.
  • For Science!: His motivation. As well as potentially ruling the world, naturally.
  • Foil: To F.A.N.G. Like him, Seth shared a role of significant standing in Shadaloo as Bison's other number two. However, Seth completely despises Bison and desires to usurp him, with Bison in turn showing nothing but contempt for him. F.A.N.G., on the other hand, is slavishly loyal to Bison and shares a distinctively close relationship that could almost be described as Villainous Friendship. Their stories after V also end on similar but markedly different notes: F.A.N.G's obsession with Bison causes him to spend his time looking for ways to resurrect him and Shadaloo; Seth's obsession with Bison causes him to go mad chasing an already-dead man.
    • Surprisingly, Seth is also this to Urien. Much like Urien, Seth serves under a leader of an organization with designs of ruling the world. Both of them also hate said leaders and wish to overthrow them in order to become "kings". However, this is where their similarities end. Urien wants to usurp Gill, a benevolent but stern leader who wishes to lead the world to a new age of prosperity, in order to change destiny and gain the undivided attention and admiration of the man he once called "brother". Seth wants to usurp Bison, an evil dictator who wishes to lead the world into a dark age of chaos, in order to prove that he is stronger than his "father" and get revenge on him for making him to be just a tool to be used and discarded.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: In his default and second alternate costume. Subverted in his first alternate costume, where Seth dons pants. Though outside of combat, he does wear clothes.
  • Gambit Pileup: Believes himself to be pulling the strings behind Shadaloo, when it could also work the other way around. Then, there's also the fact that unbeknown to him, Juri is using his tournament as a cover for her own takeover of S.I.N. Then there's the fact that Bison knew exactly what he was trying to do, and was using Seth to further his own as-of-now unknown goals.
  • Gender Bender: He arguably underwent this between IV and V, going from a male body to a female body modeled after Juri. Strictly speaking, Seth is an AI who knows no "true" gender (albeit one still referred to with male pronouns and possessing a deep, masculine voice), but the prominent physical changes are still very obvious.
  • Glass Cannon:
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: His blue eyes glow at times.
  • Heart Drive: In V, it's revealed that Seth, or rather the consciousness that calls itself Seth, is an Artificial Intelligence within a mechanical "biological brain" that gained sentience. Despite the original body being destroyed, Juri managed to recover this brain from an abandoned S.I.N laboratory and placed it inside a new vessel: another machine model designed by Shadaloo called Doll Unit Zero.
  • He Knows Too Much: Of the non-lethal variety. He sent his goons to beat down Fei Long's movie crew not because they're just making a movie about S.I.N., but because it's implied the movie hit a little to close to the truth on S.I.N. trade secrets.
  • Hidden Depths: Underneath his ego and megalomania is an AI construct who simply wants to be recognized as his own unique existence and not just a robot created by Bison to be a spare vessel. Gouken puts it thusly:
    Gouken: You seek individuality and identity, but you will not find it this way.
  • Homing Projectile: His Tanden Maneuver V-Trigger II has him fire off a projectile that he can guide to hit opponents.
  • Hypocrite: For all his rants about how different he is from Bison, his actions in the story show that he’s every bit as churlish, unhinged, and psychopathic as Bison is.
  • Humiliation Conga: Bordering on Mind Rape. Seth's plans fall to ruin and Bison and Juri both humiliate him in every way physically and psychologically before leaving him for dead. It's clear that the events that transpired in IV have left a significant toll on Seth's state of mind following his resurrection.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: While he's reasonably dignified and threatening in IV, he falls into this status hard in V. Having utterly lost his mind as a result from death, self-loathing, and a furious vendetta against Bison, he's become too consumed by blind rage to even realize that Bison is already dead, with his futile scrambles for revenge against him being played for tragedy. Even his opponents see him as spiralling so violently that he isn't worth treating as a threat.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Seth's arrogance and bluster is merely a facade and a coping mechanism to hide the fact that he is fully aware he is nothing but another of Bison's backup bodies. His driving motivation is to prove to himself and others that he is a unique being. This complex reaches its absolute peak in V. In Seth's intro, his new body will broadcast itself as Doll Unit #0, only for Seth to nervously butt in after with saying his name is Seth instead. His new lines also have him constantly acknowledging he is a "king" or someone of importance. However, the most notable example is when Seth wins a round on low health, he undergoes a Villainous Breakdown, almost sounding like he is on the verge of tears, demanding his opponent not call him "defective."
  • Internal Homage: His moveset in V makes references to other Street Fighter series characters that didn't make the cut as well as some of Capcom's older, non-SF-related fighting games, such as Darkstalkers and Jojos Bizarre Adventure Heritage For The Future.
  • Ironic Hell: Boy howdy, even if he is not aware anymore to recognize it, his state in V is all over the place with this.
    • Firstly, he inhabits a new body. This completely undermines the old Seth's belief of his body being pure perfection. Furthermore, the body is based on Juri, who Seth hated almost as much as Bison and died swearing revenge on. The body with a pre-existing codename also constantly refers to itself as "Doll Unit Zero", as if to undermine Seth's own identity and press his Berserk Button of being called a "doll."
    • Seth desired to be an all-powerful being acknowledged by all as nothing short of ultimate greatness. Most characters in V either pity his miserable state or express serious concern for his mental health. Falke and Ed don't even bother fighting Seth after deducing his state and calmly walk away from him.
    • In the conclusion of his story in V, Seth is trapped in a demented state chasing after killing Bison, who is already dead and thus depriving him of any purpose in life.
  • Irony: For all his desire to be recognized as a unique being, Seth is essentially Bison in all but name. He's the leader of an evil crime organization (S.I.N is merely an offshoot of Shadaloo, serving as its weapons division), he seeks Ryu to complete his evil scheme (much like Bison wishes to possess Ryu's body), and he isn't above manipulating, intimidating, and blackmailing others into helping him. Also, in IV, it was made very clear that despite his sentience, Seth was a cold Artificial Intelligence that had no soul, beliefs, or feelings beyond what Bison intended for him. In V, he ends up gaining a soul when his personality and mind are transferred over to a new body (again serving as symbolic of how he is "just another bison"), but he ends up going insane because he cannot process the overwhelming flow of emotions. And with the death of his very creator, he has nothing left to cling to or strive for but his ingrained ambitions.
  • It's Personal: Taken to Ax-Crazy and pitiful extremes with Bison after he is resurrected in V. Seth's sole purpose for being now is to chase after killing Bison, who is already long dead.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Thanks to his moveset, he is a versatile fighter who can fight in different ranges. His arm-stretching attack and his Sonic Boom are good in long and middle ranged combat, his Spinning Piledriver works effectively in zero range, his Shoryuken is a classic anti-air move, and his Yoga Teleport and Tanden Engine can close the distance to the opponent if needed.
    • Averted by V, where Seth is no longer such a versatile character and must constantly stay in an opponent's face to do well.
  • Jerkass: He was never nice, but Seth was once a calm, polite, and sophisticated villain. By V, Seth drops all of this to become this trope, constantly bragging about himself and insulting his foes in incredibly petty ways.
  • Kaleidoscope Eyes: Red or blue or black eyes depending on the occasion. His new female body in V now adds gold eyes to the mix while his nostalgia costume has green eyes.
  • Kick Chick: His incarnation in V notably features a lot more kicks than before, which one can assume is due to his body being based off Juri, who herself is also a prominent example.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Ordering Juri to capture the dolls so he could experiment on them until they die.
    • Attacking Fei Long's crew to keep them from making a film about S.I.N.
  • Large Ham: Seth barely keeps a stoic and professional demeanor on S.I.N. business, but all bets are absolutely off when he's fighting or off duty. Perhaps the hammiest and most expressive villain in the franchise, Seth makes it a hobby to chew the scenery and spout grandiose philosophical speeches whenever he can.
  • Last-Second Chance: Rose and Gouken suggest Seth could make a Heel–Face Turn and that it isn't too late for him. Unfortunately, this would not come to pass.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Seth suffers from this in V, although fragmented pieces of his old memories linger. As a result of this, despite previously establishing complex relations with much of the returning cast, he has nothing unique or interesting to say about most of them.
  • Laughing Mad: Seth's revival in V has clearly not done his sanity any favors, as his signature maniacal laughter has progressed into full-on demented cackling.
  • Loss of Identity: Seth's story mode in V revolves around this. The results are...not pleasant.
  • Made of Iron: His boss incarnation in IV takes less damage than his playable self. Also, his fight with Ryu in The Ties That Bind has him shrugging off all of Ryu's attacks until Ryu enters the State of Nothingness.
  • Made of Plasticine: He takes the most damage out of all the characters when used by a regular player, comparable to Shin Akuma and Ultimate Rugal in Capcom vs. SNK 2.
  • Madness Mantra: Chillingly, Seth doesn't see Falke or Ed as individual people but hallucinates Bison in their place. He repeats the exact same monotonous droning against Bison on loop vs them non-stop, even sharing the same win quote against them.
    Seth: I am your tool no longer, Bison!
  • Man on Fire: One of Seth's DLC costumes in IV that also carried over to his nostalgia costume in V as an input easter egg sees him literally on fire!
  • Megaton Punch: If Seth uses his V-Trigger 1 on himself, he will gain an entirely new move called "Brutal Impact" where he bulks up into Abigail's frame and launches one of these.
  • Mind Rape: The end result of what happens to him in V. His humiliating defeat in IV, realizing the Awful Truth of what happened to him and he is now as of V, and the effects of Bison's horrible abuse towards him have rendered every second of Seth's new life nothing short of torture. This leaves him a sad, broken shell of a being chasing a dead man while raving and screaming out of desperation to assure himself that he is not Just a Machine and that he is someone powerful and of importance.
  • Motive Rant: He loves giving these out, such as the one he gives Ryu while beating the stuffing out of him.
    Seth: I understand, Ryu. I know why we are here. You see, I simply could not resist to test out the legendary power you possess myself. You struggle against the temptation of that power. Oh, it must be torture! Still, some questions must be asked, some situations faced head on. Surely you, who are most at home in the ring, find this power inside to be a great temptation! And yet you struggle in vain against it even as it seeks to control you utterly! Why do you fight it?! WHY?! Keep it inside and you will die! Your death will garder nothing, it would be without meaning! Power only has meaning if it is put into action. It defines you. Power like that is what rules the world! Everyone seeks power, seeks to grow in strength, but this goal is out of reach by ordinary men. The poor seek riches, the ugly beauty, we compare ourselves to others and seek to cover our own inadequacies to find peace of mind. The mere existence of those who are better than us becomes intolerable. We fight in retaliation! If beauty is not enough, we use money. If money does not work, we resort to violence! This energy is what powers our world! It is essential! All I seek is to help this natural process along! This destructive force begotten from conflict! This power that everyone lusts for, I will spread it over the world with but a touch! It is like a well that can never run dry! A precious mineral flowing from an inexhaustible mine! This power will be mine!
  • Mood-Swinger: In V, Seth's mood is all over the place, going from arrogant and child-like to furious or incredibly insecure and miserable at the drop of a hat.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: For an android, Seth is jacked with muscles. Averted with his female body in V, where he has a muscular but slim physique.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: After Seth Killian, former Community Manager at Capcom and ex-tournament player. This led to jokes after Peter "Combofiend" Rosas took over the position, and Seth (the character) was subsequently nerfed in Ultra.
  • Narcissist: Stemming from his raging Inferiority Superiority Complex, Seth always likes to assure himself as being the greatest being to ever grace the universe itself, and his Tanden Engine the greatest power unmatched by anything. Ironically, this only serves to make him all that much more similar to Bison.
  • Nightmare Face: His winpose in V takes a cue straight out of Vega's book, with Seth brandishing a Slasher Smile coupled with Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises. His Nostalgia costume is especially ts especially noteworthy as it adds Black Eyes of Crazy to the mix, withhis Hellish Pupils disappearing completely and leaving his eyes as just empty black voids with small colored dots in them.
  • No Biological Sex: Seth, being an AI construct inside of a spare body for M. Bison, isn't human and technically isn't either male or female, though he is referred to with male pronouns. Even after gaining a new feminine body in V, he's still referred to as male, but Capcom points out that he was never strictly male or female to begin with.
  • Not Quite Dead: Despite being brutalized by Bison and Juri, he was not quite out for the count.
  • Not Worth Killing: After Seth assaults a bewildered Ed and Falke, Falke deduces just how pitiful he actually is and simply leaves with Ed without much of a fight.
  • Not So Different: In his opening in SSFIV, he compares himself to Juri as they are both willing to do whatever it takes to succeed no matter how evil. He then goes on to say that all of humanity is just like him in that regard. He's also very similar to Bison, even though Seth himself would never admit it due to his intense hatred for his creator.
    • Ultimately, it is explored in V that, despite his superior position in the organization, Seth is not any different from the countless that have been victimized by Shadaloo and Bison.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Has designs of this. One of his win quotes claims that, when he has taken over the world, he will be the last sentient being on earth. He similar echoes this in his revised IV arcade opening, claiming he will kill all humans and be free of common morality. In V, he is even described as a king of chaos.
  • Obviously Evil: Just look at him.
  • Parts Unknown: Like previous Final Bosses Bison and Gill, and unlike all of the other World Warriors, his country of origin is never specified.
  • Perfect-Play A.I.: Beating him in the first round is relatively easy. Shit then gets real in the second round.
  • Power Armor: One of his alternate costumes, quite reminiscent of a Steampunk-ish suit of armor.
  • Power Copying: Seth can copy the special attacks of other fighters. V even turns this into his V-Skill I, which gives him the ability to copy one of his opponent's attacks during battle.
  • Power of the Void: Seth's Tanden Engine allows him to create vortexes to draw his opponent in. His Tanden Stream has Seth firing a blast of nothingness at his opponent before vacuuming them into the Tanden Engine, and his Sonic Boom projectiles have are colorless in comparison to Guile's, reflecting his empty, soulless nature. His Critical Art in V has him and a white doppelganger of himself create a vortex to draw his opponent in before launching them at the screen.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Despite all his suave, arrogant, and philosophical posturing, V fully reveals that this is what Seth really is deep down: An insecure child that is desperate to prove himself to his father (Bison) that he is better than him. This reaches its logical conclusion in Seth's story in ''V',' which is essentially him throwing a massive, deranged temper tantrum over all his pent up insecurities.
  • Precision F-Strike: Owed to his sophisticated front, Seth never swears even when facing death and humiliation in many scenarios in IV. In V, he gets precisely one dig at this, calling Ed a "bastard" when seeing him as Bison.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: His Hecatoncheris special in V has him assail his opponent with a rapid barrage of punches. He can also use his Tanden Engine V-Skill to copy Abigail's Abigail Punch.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His character selection art has glowing red eyes. This also happens in his arcade ending in the vanilla SFIV.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: An accidental one, but "Seth" is also the name of Adam and Eve's third son. Due to his connection to Abel, Seth was originally intended to be named "Cain", but he got the name of Seth Killian instead.
  • Rubber Man: He can stretch his arms like Dhalsim. As of V, he loses this ability, though he can still temporary shift his proportions when needed.
  • Same Character, but Different: He might be back in V, but the Seth you know from IV is dead and gone. Long gone.
  • Sanity Slippage: In V, it's painfully clear that his "death" and subsequent resurrection has caused Seth's sanity to take a nosedive, not helped by the fact that his new body is based off Juri, causing Seth to take on many of her unhinged mannerisms. It gets worse in gameplay, as it's clear from his dialogue that he is desperate to assert himself as his own being, going from boasting about how his "new version" is perfect one second, to thinking the opponent is somehow mocking him upon their defeat and then angrily screaming at them to not call him "defective".
  • Slouch of Villainy: Seth does this often on a nice chair when off duty, notably in his original ending in IV. The same shot is reiterated into his IV arcade route ending in V.
  • Shoryuken: From Ryu or Ken or both. Also, he can use it three times in a row. As of V, he trades the traditional Shoryuken for Demitri's Demon Cradle now called Mad Cradle, although he can still use the Shoryuken by copying from Ken.
  • Shotoclone: A minor example, but Seth does have a projectile attack (Sonic Boom) and a literal Shoryuken. The Hyakuretsukyaku compensates for the lack of a Tatsumaki Senpuukyaku. However, he's not easy to play.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: When some insane S.I.N. thugs go rogue, Seth's organization can pull strings to make sure the police are not involved with putting them down.
  • Shout-Out
  • Shower Scene: In the opening scene of his arcade mode in IV. It would count as Fanservice...if it wasn't for the Tanden Engine in his gut.
  • Slasher Smile: He lets out a horrifyingly unhinged one of these in his V outro.
  • SNK Boss: Easily became one of the most notorious in the series. The CPU version of Seth fought at the end of the Arcade Mode in IV has increassed health and stun, and some of the most brutal and unforgiving AI in the series' history. Even if you have the difficulty set to the lowest possible setting, Seth is always programmed to read your inputs and cheat whenever he can. Starting from Super IV, he keeps his 0-frame recovery Yoga Teleport that he lost from the original version, and from Arcade Edition onward keeps his old aerial Heavy Punch (Dhalsim's signature "Yoga Sniper"). And his AI only gets worse whenever you win a round, as he gets up and says "I Let You Win" and a more menacing version of his theme starts playing.
  • The Sociopath: Like his creator Bison, Seth has no empathy or remorse, manipulates others with ease, and is driven by staggering arrogance and ego. As of Street Fighter V, it's wholly revealed Seth leans much more toward being a psychopath than an unfeeling sociopath, being plagued with severe emotional issues that manifests in violent and evil ways.
  • The Soulless: Being an Artificial Human created by Shadaloo, Seth has no true soul, a trait commented on by several characters. Ironically, this ends up saving his life in the UDON comics during his fight with Akuma. Akuma notes that Seth has no soul and uses the Shun Goku Satsu on him. Because Seth has no soul, the Shun Goku Satsu has no effect on him. This causes Akuma to deem Seth not worth his time.
    • This is retconned by V, where a divine being like Necalli recognizes Seth as having a soul, unlike Kage.
  • Spinning Piledriver: From Zangief, no less. As of V, he needs to copy Zangief in-match to use it again.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: In V, As shown in this video, Seth's V-Skill I not only lets him copy one of opponent's moves, but also lets him copy any weapon his opponent wields such as Falke's staff or Menat's crystal ball.
  • The Starscream: Seth's goal in life besides world domination is to overthrow Bison and take over Shadaloo.
  • Straw Nihilist: Ironically, despite his philosophical nature, Seth doesn't believe in anything mystical, which frequently shows up in his winquotes against Dhalsim.
    Seth: Your illusions don't fool me.
    Seth: If your moves were truly born of the divine, I would not be able to use them.
    Seth: (Against T. Hawk) Destiny...Gods...Spirits...All are the product of delusional minds!
  • Super Toughness: Shown in Street Fighter IV: The Ties That Bind in his fight with Ryu, which was a Curb-Stomp Battle in Seth's favor until Ryu entered the State of Nothingness.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: His design and fighting style combine some elements from Urien and Twelve from the Street Fighter III series.
    • Design-wise, he and Urien are both muscular men with no clothing. Seth also shares Urien's color-changing skin, going from bright silver skin to dark purple when he uses certain moves, or is defeated. Also, the two have similar motives: Urien wants to overthrow his brother Gill and be the leader of the Illuminati. Seth wishes to overthrow his creator Bison and be recognized as his own person rather than another of Bison's backup bodies. And on top of that, he has access to Urien's Chariot Tackle as a Focus Attack, though he has it as a proper attack in OMEGA Mode.
    • Similarly to Twelve, both are naked synthetic humanoid beings with unnatural skin colors, and the both of them have the ability to copy the moves of other fighters, although the way they do this differs. Seth takes moves from others, while Twelve can outright transform into other fighters. Additionally, before he was named Seth, he was just #15, so both of them were named after numbers as well.
    • The concept of a Shadaloo-created being that collects battle data on fighters was already used in Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie, with the Monitor Cyborg. The difference, however, is that the Monitor Cyborgs simply collected the data and didn't fight, unlike Seth, though the Japan exclusive tie-in game had one of these cyborgs as the sole playable character and a Shoto Clone.
    • He also calls to mind the Cycloids. They were similarly humanoid but without all the features and also had a mix of attacks from other fighters. Seth has more of a personality than they do, however.
  • Teleport Spam: He knows Dhalsim's Yoga Teleport. The SNK Boss version really loves doing this. This can be quite annoying, when he fires a Sonic Boom at you and then teleports right behind you, so you block it as a cross-up. His Tanden Ignition V-Trigger I in V lets him cancel his moves into teleports.
  • Temporary Bulk Change: In V, some copied attacks cause Seth's body to mimic the fighter it comes from, such as becoming larger and more muscular like Abigail when using Abigail Punch.
  • Through the Eyes of Madness: Seth's story reveals that his insanity is so severe that he can no longer distinguish the difference between Bison himself and his Psycho Power. When he tries to track down Bison, he encounters Ed and Falke instead, but rather than seeing the two of them, all he sees is the same twisted hallucination of Bison that they both saw in their nightmares.
  • Tragic Villain: It's made very clear in V that even though he is evil and he relishes in it, it's all because Seth doesn't know any better. He was created and programmed that way by Bison: as a heartless, soulless machine meant to be nothing more than a substitute and a pawn for the dictator.
  • Tron Lines: His new feminine body in SFV features numerous, brightly-lit seams across the skin.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: When Bison "died", he saw this as his chance to usurp him as ruler of the world.
  • Turns Red: The first round against him may be easy for some. Then crap gets real.
  • Two Voices, One Character: In his new body, Seth talks with his usual masculine voice, but his body irregularly broadcasts notifications in another female AI voice.
  • Uncertain Doom: The ending of Seth's story is left fairly ambiguous as to whether or not he, or rather his consciousness, dies. He is left stuck in a delirium trying to kill a twisted image of Bison that isn't actually there, and the Doll Unit Zero body notes that a serious error has occurred and that the personality module needs to be reset, meaning that he could either be stuck in an infinite loop of dementia or that his new body has just suffered a catastrophic system crash, thus causing both his consciousness and his body to cease functioning and effectively killing him.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Bison. Everything he is and has is all because of Bison's machinations. He was created solely to be either a backup body or a figurehead leader to take his place until such a time when he is able to be revived, whichever comes first or is more appropriate at the time. S.I.N itself is nothing more than a branch of Shadaloo without any official connection to it so as to keep their profile low. Vega tells this to Seth as his initial plans are foiled and he has to be rescued by the other Shadaloo Kings in The Ties That Bind. Then at the end of IV, he is finished off by Bison and told to his face that he will never amount to anything except being a tool to him. In addition, Seth's own creation, Juri, ends up betraying him when his plans go belly-up.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Despite how his face looks, Vega's opening in Super Street Fighter IV shows he drives around in public. Of course, given he is essentially a crime lord and constantly surrounded by bodyguards, no one is going to speak up about it. Also, in V, despite inhabiting a new female body, very few characters already familiar with him take mind of this. Instead, most characters commentate on Seth's mental health.
  • Villain Has a Point: His winquote against Akuma, where he rightfully points out that embracing a power you can't control is stupid and dangerous.
    Seth: Bah! What kind of fool willingly embraces a power he cannot even control?!
  • Villainous Breakdown: If V is any indication, he's currently in the process of undergoing this big time. Not only is he having an existential crisis due to being in a new body and his story taking place after his creator Bison dies, leaving him with no ambition and no one to surpass, but his dialogue is incredibly unhinged and prone to drastic mood swings. Sure enough, by the end of his story Seth has completely lost his grip on reality and is left cackling like a maniac and violently flailing around trying to kill a hallucination of Bison, trapping himself in an infinite loop of egomania that causes his new body to suffer a complete system crash.
  • Voice Changeling: Averted. In V, when he copies an opponent's move, he explicitly rephrases their catch phrases when calling out attacks, but in his own way.
  • Vocal Dissonance: For Seth's return in V, he has a new, female body that resembles Juri, but he still has the same deep voice he's always had.
  • Vocal Evolution: Both Michael McConnohie and Akio Ohtsuka have markedly changed the tone of Seth's voice from his debut to reflect on his newfound twisted personality. In particular, the cold confidence he once had in IV is gone. Instead, Seth now sounds a lot more arrogant and emotionally unhinged, coming across as more vulnerable and insecure. Which, of course, he is.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Usually Full-Frontal Assault, but he also wears pants in his first alternate costume.
  • Wall Jump: Probably from Chun-Li, since he has one of her special moves and another one of her unique moves.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: His goal, aside from world domination, is to prove to himself and others that he is not just another of Bison's puppets.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Seth could definitely qualify. He was born into a world of evil, with Bison being the closest thing he has to a father and is seen, at best, as a temporary substitute leader. All he wants, in the end, is to be recognized as an individual, not just an empty body double for Bison. Though he's certainly playing the role of the villain with his obsession with power, and goal of world domination, given who is "father" is, and how power is the only thing he cares about, it seems to be the only thing Seth has ever considered to have any value. That, and being recognized for the individual he is. In many ways, he's like a child doing what he's learned from his father. V runs with this trope to its logical conclusion.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: The Tanden Engine allows Seth to utilize light and dark ki.
  • You Fool!: When he throws his opponent backward in V, he seethingly snarls this
  • You Are Number 6: Among the Super Soldiers engineered by BLECE, Seth is #15, but calling him that presses his Berserk Button.
    NEVER CALL ME BY MY NUMBER! My name is Seth, and I am unique. I am not a toy that can only blindly obey Bison's orders! Defy me, and perish! That includes you as well as Bison!
  • You Will Be Assimilated: What he says to his opponents, although played with in that he doesn't physically absorb their bodies; he merely absorbs their fighting styles.
  • Your Size May Vary: Despite towering over most characters in his original body at a height of (198 cm), his nostalgia costume in V has him controversially at the same height as his female body based on Juri, making him seem noticeably tinier than before. This is enforced for gameplay balancing, as no one would want to use a costume that increases a character's proportions.note  The boss Seth faced in the IV arcade route notably sees Seth in his nostalgia costume and scaled up to his original height.


Debuting in Super Street Fighter IV

Purple Smoke of Deception
"Let me hear your sweet scream..."
Origin: South Korea flag 
Fighting style: Taekwondo
Voiced by: note 
Full name Juri Han, codename "Spider"; she is a Taekwondo prodigy from South Korea whose family was killed by Shadaloo. She then became an agent of S.I.N, becoming the test subject of one of their most advanced pieces of technology: a cybernetic eye implant known as the Feng Shui Engine. The implant, which a smaller version of Seth's Tanden Engine, takes ki energy from the surrounding nature and feeds it to the Engine's user to heighten their abilities and make them more powerful. Juri pledges loyalty to Seth in exchange for the "new toy", then enters the new Street Fighter tournament to test her new abilities... and further her own dark agendas. Juri is a dangerous, hedonistic sociopath who likes to taunt her opponents — and she doesn't care about anything but satisfying her dangerous whims.

She returns in V, sporting a brand-new outfit consisting of biker gear, a skin-tight bodysuit undersuit, and an eyepatch covering the eye that is her Feng Shui Engine. Her prologue story reveals that she has lost her original Feng Shui Engine, her eye having been ripped out again by Bison after she launched an attack on him. The reason for her appearance at the abandoned SIN laboratory, as shown in Guile's story, is also revealed: she was there to acquire the prototype version of the Feng Shui Engine to replace the one she lost. She is then contacted by Helen and joins the Illuminati in their plot to destroy Shadaloo and Bison.
  • Absolute Cleavage: Her second alternate outfit in IV. Her outfit in Street Fighter V as seen here was originally going to have this as well, but the final design adds a skin-tight rubber suit where her exposed cleavage was, giving a similar effect but without showing any skin.
  • Adaptational Heroism: She is portrayed much more sympathetically in the UDON comics. In SFIV, the main motivation for her actions are sadism and a lust for power, as she desires to take over Shadaloo by pitting Bison and Seth against each other. She also doesn't seem to be too concerned about the fact that the organization is responsible for her parents' deaths. In the comics on the other hand, everything evil she did was a means to get close to Bison in order to get revenge for her murdered parents. The moment she sees Bison in a moment of weakness, she immediately betrays him to avenge her family (though unfortunately for her it turns out to be a Twelve impersonating Bison). She even teams up with C. Viper once she learns that M. Bison may still be alive, in order to end him once and for all.
  • Adaptational Villainy: She is already evil, but crossover games tend to turn her psychopathy Up to Eleven.
    Win quote against Sakura in Street Fighter 4: "I'm not here to tussle with weak little schoolgirls. I prefer a challenge."
    Win quote against Sakura in Street Fighter X Tekken: "No fair finishing before I’ve had my fun…"
  • Affirmative Action Girl: Part of the reason she was created was to fill two voids: a proper female villain and a Korean character. In her villainous role's case, while Cammy was a villain during the Street Fighter Alpha days, it was because she was brainwashed into being Bison's assassins Killer Bee, while Juri is straight-up FUCKING. EVIL. In her ethnicity's case, she is Capcom's first Korean character ever.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Chun-Li = legs; Juri = abs and arms.
  • And Then What?: Disscused in the UDON comics. Juri dedicated her entire life to killing Bison and avenging her parents, even cybernetically enhancing her body to give her the power to kill him. But now that Bison is (seemingly) dead, Juri tells Seth that she has nothing left but the thrill of violence and wanton destruction.
    Juri: Between you and me, Seth, violence and chaos are all I have left. I focused my mind and body, my whole being, on training so that when given the opportunity to pay back Bison, I'd be more than capable of doing just that. I was so obsessed with becoming a powerful fighter that I wasn't just doing it to settle a score with Bison anymore, I was doing it for me. But with him dying during that tournament somewhere in the middle of the ocean, that chance was stolen from me. Where did that leave me? What could I do with the drive for my entire existence taken away? Turns out I still had one purpose left: fighting. I'd become so obsessed with becoming a more powerful fighter that as much as I was doing it all to settle a score with Bison, I was also doing it for me. Apparently, I had developed a taste for delivering pain and mayhem and Bison's death didn't stop my cravings for it. I discovered that this hammer was too good at smashing things to be stashed away in a toolbox just because it'd lost its nail. Smashing other things, anything, was pretty fulfilling too.
  • Animal Motifs: Insects, especially spiders and butterflies.
  • Anime Hair: She sports hair-horns.
  • Anti-Villain: She wants to kill Bison, but her methods aren't exactly legal... or sane for that matter. In V, she teams up with the Illuminati to kill Bison and even saves Cammy and Decapre from the police despite the two being enemies and having nothing to gain by doing so.
  • Arachnid Appearance and Attire: The backside of her outfit has a spider net motif. Also, the front of it has a spider insignia on it. Her new outfit in V has a spider insignia on the back.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Cammy.
  • Artistic License – Martial Arts: She uses the Flamingo Stance as her default pose. Most Tae Kwon Do schools don't use it as part if their curriculum (and the default stance is usually the more Boring, but Practical Front Stance, which looks more like an upright version of the Orthodox Stance in boxing). It gets worse in V, where she completely relaxes both her arms. Not as bad as Bison's Badass Armfold, but certainly not in any kind of good defensive position.
  • Ax-Crazy: Oh yes. Being a Depraved Bisexual with unabashed sadism, Juri is basically an untamed animal when left to her own devices.
  • Badass Biker: Street Fighter V shows she is quite skilled with a motorbike, often riding one throughout the Cinematic Story Mode. The bike gets destroyed during the final fight with Vega.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her default costume, her first alternate costume, Ultra Street Fighter IV's Summer Costume and her standard DLC outfit in V.
  • Becoming the Mask: Since she only joined Shadaloo to get close enough to kill Bison, it's likely the growing number of atrocities she's committed over the years brought her past the point of no return. Or at least very close to it, but this only proves the trope. After enough time away from Shadaloo following a failed attempt to kill Bison, she was willing to work as part of a team against him in which someone else would deal the killing blow and even helped out Cammy and Decapre for no real reason beyond vague curiosity and pure disgust towards Vega. She's still not very sane or a model human being, but is at least capable of some small virtue.
  • Big "NO!": In her Game Over animation. Seeing how she covers her eye, it looks more like a Skyward Scream of agony.
  • Blood Knight: Derives an almost erotic pleasure from fighting and killing.
  • Card Carrying Villainess: She knows she's evil and relishes every second of it. In fact, she'll tell you herself. She loves killing people.
  • Boobs-and-Butt Pose: Her pose in the Versus Character Splash screen has her bending her spine in a way that you can see the front of her as well as her rear in one shot. More justified than usual in this case, because Juri is a Contortionist.
  • Broken Ace: Yes, the girl needs to be locked in a rubber room and pumped with enough drugs to tranquilize a tiger after the horrifying shit she's taken and dished out over the years, but given that she managed to defeat Chun-Li, Guile, and Cammy in straight-up fights during her OVA, she's undeniably skilled. Some characters even take notice of her inner sadness.
    Menat: So, don't take this the wrong way, okay? But it seems to me that you're actually very lonely.
    Zeku: Suffering is pain. In pain, you will not find joy. Your sadness, profound.
    Blanka: You're like an injured animal. I feel bad for you.
    G: O, citizen of Earth, even when sorrow and pity till our hearts—no, precisely in such times, we are one!
  • Casting a Shadow: Her Ki Manipulation is a dark purple, and in V it's now a smoky grey.
  • Cat Girl: The buns in her hair and the sash on her waist gives her the appearance of one. Not to mention her amazing flexibility.
  • Character Tics: Her tendency to lick her lips and her weird and unsettling facial expressions.
  • Code Name: "Spider".
  • Combat Sadomasochist Whether it's getting hurt or giving hurt, it's all fair game to Juri.
  • Combat Stilettos: In her alternate costumes.
  • Continuity Nod: Her Shikusen special can be linked for 3 hits; the second hit is called "Second Impact" and the third is named "Third Strike".
  • Contortionist: She likes to show off her incredible dexterity, which is enough to place one of her legs over her head and pull on it. Her Kaisen Dankiraku right before impact has her shove her foot via back kick into the opponent, she then leans back in order to caress them before finishing them off.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Dishes these out with alarming regularity in her OVA. See One-Woman Army below.
  • Cyborg: Thanks to the bionic eye and all.
  • Dance Battler: Many of her moves in Street Fighter V make it look like she's breakdancing or doing ballet.
  • Dark Action Girl: The most straight-up example here.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Juri's father was a fearsome prosecutor who relentlessly pursued people connected to Shadaloo to bring them to justice. He became Shadaloo's target and one day Juri's family car was attacked. Her mother died,Juri was severely injured losing her left eye and her father was abducted and later executed live by shadaloo presumably to send a message.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Her OVA.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has her moments.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Her opponent's gender makes no difference to her as long as she gets to torture them.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Played With and Deconstructed in the UDON comics. As Juri discusses with Seth, her entire purpose in life was to avenge her parents' murder at Bison's hand and now that Bison was (seemingly) dead, that purpose was stolen from her. When Bison is revealed to be alive and in the service of the Illuminati, she turns on Seth and sides with Bison, biding her time and waiting for the perfect opportunity to take her revenge, only to find out that Twelve had been impersonating Bison all this time. With her reason for living gone once more, Juri turns to underground fight clubs to sate her bloodlust until she's confronted by Crimson Viper, who tells her Bison isn't dead and she can still take her revenge.
  • Disability Superpower/Artificial Eye: Her powers come from the Feng Shui Engine in her eye.
  • Distaff Evil Expy: Could be seen as one to Kim Kaphwan and Jhun Hoon. In V, Juri's new move Ryodansatsu, while intended to be a knock off to Chun-li's Hazanshu, ends up looking like she stole Kim's Hangetsuzan.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Subverted with her alternate costumes, where she dons Combat Stilettos, otherwise she's either completely barefoot or wearing Taekwondo straps. Her Street Fighter V outfit covers most of her body, but she keeps her toes sticking out.
  • Double Entendre:
    • A few of her win quotes against the other fighters are a bit...questionable.
    Juri: (Vs. Hugo) Finished already? Looks like size isn't the only thing that matters.
    Juri: (Vs. Evil Ryu) Keep staring at me like that and I may get a little more...frisky...ha ha ha...
    Juri: (Vs. Akuma) Ha ha ha! You sure know how to show a girl a good time! That was a blast!
    Juri: (Vs. Elena) Unfortunately for you, I'm not here to make friends. I'm after playthings.
    • The entendres continue in Street Fighter V.
    Juri: (Upon winning with low health) Was it good for you, too?
    Juri: (Vs. Birdie) I know better ways to use a chain. Want me to show you?
    Juri: (Vs. Chun-Li) Be a little more obedient. You want me to like you or not?
    Juri: (Generic Winquote #1) Hey, are you kidding me? You can't be done just yet!
    Juri: (Generic Winquote #2) I want to have extreme stimulation in everything I do.
  • The Dragon: For Seth. Briefly.
  • Didn't Think This Through: While it was likely best for Juri considering Seth contemplated killing her off for being too successful, she wasn't aware of that part and betrayed and murdered him For the Evulz. This leads to the end of S.I.N, a steady paycheck, and maintenance and development of the Feng Shui Engine. Once Bison destroys her cybernetic eye, she has to scrounge for and settle with a grossly inferior prototype version of it.
  • Dragon Lady: A Korean villainess with Asian looking attire.
  • Dragon with an Agenda:
    • She does not serve Seth out of loyalty, only for the chance to kill. She also has been pitting Seth and Bison against each other.
    • Happens again in the UDON comics. When Bison is revealed to be alive and in the service of the Illuminati, Juri turns on Seth and sides with Bison, biding her time and waiting for the perfect moment to kill him. When she finally does... It turns out to be Twelve masquerading as Bison. She's not too thrilled to find out.
  • Education Mama: In the comics, her mother is the martial arts version and she harshly berates a young Juri when she messes up during Taekwondo practice. Her father, though strict, is more openly caring as he is visibly distraught when she is shot in the left eye.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Her powers come from the Feng Shui Engine in her eye, but even without it, her Taekwondo skills make her a deadly force to be reckoned with.
  • Enemy Mine: Rescues Cammy and Decapre from the police and protects them from Vega.
  • Energy Ball: Like many characters in the series, Juri is able to throw projectiles though it's actually a wave. Unlike any characters in the series, she throws them with her feet.
  • Establishing Character Moment: After recieving the Feng Shui Engine in her OVA, the first words she says tell you all you need to know about her.
    Juri: "So... let's go kill something."
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • In her OVA, Juri seems to hesitate when her only remaining possible victim (before Chun-Li rushes onto the scene) is a young child crying over his dead mother whose casualty was an unintended outcome of Juri's Feng Shui Engine test run. This likely stems back to Juri's own tragic backstory. Furthermore, it's stated on multiple occasions that even she has nothing but hatred for Shadaloo. That even shows in her win quotes against Ibuki and Sakura.
    Juri: "Whipping schoolgirls isn't my idea of fun, sister."
    • If her win quote against Blanka in V is to be believed, she's normally against cruelty to animals, but is willing to make an exception with Blanka.
  • Evil Counterpart: She is one to Chun-Li. They both had their fathers murdered by Shadaloo for actively trying to take down the organization when they were just kids and subsequently swore revenge on M. Bison, but they differ in that while Chun-Li was able to move past her hatred and was able to turn herself into a force of good that defends the weak (she even forgives her father's killer, Cammy, in the UDON comic), Juri succumbed to her hatred, despises heroes (possibly because no one saved her family) and became an instrument of death to the point she admits to Seth that the fun of wanton destruction is all she has going for her at the end of it all (when she thought Bison died). They have similar move-sets ex: Juri spins vertically while Chun-li spins horizontally they both have an unusual dive kick of sorts one coming straight down and the other coming in at an angle, they both have fireballs that can't reach the full length of the screen, etc. Street Fighter V adds another element by making Juri's thighs look bigger, making her even more similar to Chun Li. Chun-Li's win quote against her in the same game also lampshades this.
    Chun-Li: If we've both lost the same thing, then why are we so different?
  • Evil Laugh: Happens a lot.
  • Evil Tastes Good: Licking her lips is practically her Catchphrase. It's also the sign she's going to beat you within an inch of your life.
  • Extremity Extremist: Averted. She, despite being a Taekwondo practictioner, uses punches. However, she's still a Kick Chick, more or less. She only has medium and light punches. Her hard "punches" are kick attacks.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Wears one temporarily in the SSFIV OVA, after her left eye malfunctions as she's about to kill Chun-Li. Also wears one in the UDON comics. She now wears it as a part of her default outfit in Street Fighter V. Though she takes it off after activating her V-Trigger or Critical Art.
  • Eye Scream:
    • The UDON comics reveal she was shot in the left eye during Shadaloo's assassination attempt on her father.
    • Happens again in her story mode in V where a fight with Bison results in him ripping the Feng-Shui Engine out of her eye, forcing her to infiltrate an abandoned S.I.N lab to find a new one, resulting in her wearing an eyepatch.
  • Fan Disservice:
    • Mostly an In-Universe example as Poison flat out calls her this, what with the Ax-Crazy attitude.
    • The Street Fighter V story mode provides an excellent example. During her introduction scene, Rashid and Azam just stare at her, but a moment later she pulls a Nightmare Face while calling them both out for a fight and Rashid immediately changes his view of her.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Makes no excuses for who she is and her crazy behavior.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Her default outfits in both IV and V include these.
  • Flash Step: Her Kasatushi. Juri makes a teasing gesture and if her opponent hits her, she dashes to a different location depending on which punch button is pressed. However, this will not work with throws or attacks that break armor.
  • For the Evulz: She joined S.I.N. for fun and it's pretty much her raison d'etre for everything she does.
  • Freudian Excuse:
    • Downplayed. Her parents were killed by Shadaloo and it's the driving force behind her motivations, but Juri rarely mentions her parents nor does she seem to dwell on it too much. Played straight in UDON when she finally runs into Bison after finding out he's not dead and she has him at his most vulnerable. She proceeds to savagely beat him all while giving him the "remember my face" speech about how he killed her family and left her for dead and how she's been waiting her whole life for this one moment to finally have her revenge, even throwing Bison's iconic Catchphrase right in his face…
    Juri: I've bided my time working for S.I.N. and Shadaloo for an eternity, waiting and dreaming of the pain I'd inflict upon you the instant you showed a moment of weakness. You still don't even know who I am, do you? Do you even remember killing my parents and leaving their disfigured daughter for dead? Of course not. It was such a trivial matter for you. It was like stepping on a bug while taking a stroll, wasn't it? Just another ordinary Tuesday. Look at me now, Bison, and let this little spider be the last thing you ever remember.
    • …and then it turns out to be Twelve impersonating Bison. Needless to say, she's none too happy.
  • Glass Cannon: She's a fast character, and unlike Chun-Li or Cammy, Juri does not lack strength. But like most female characters, her health is below average.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: When her left eye's glowing, that's a dangerous sign.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Seth plans on offing her if she becomes too successful.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: Her English voice has some random Japanese words.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Delivers one to Cammy, evoking Not So Different and calling her out for thinking that her brainwashing will allow her to avoid responsibilities for her actions as an agent of Shadaloo. Cammy doesn't give a Shut Up, Hannibal!, but there is a pretty fierce Death Glare directed at Juri.
  • The Hedonist: She outright says that as long as she's having fun, she's happy. Too bad her idea of "fun" involves people getting hurt.
  • High Collar of Doom: Her outfit in Street Fighter V has one.
  • Hime Cut: Has one as part of her alternative outfits. Though she is definitely not a proper lady by any means.
  • Horned Hairdo: Her hair is tied to resemble this.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Seems to believe this.
    Chun-Li: "All the innocent lives you destroyed!"
    Juri: "Give me a break, sweetie. There's no such thing as innocent. It must suck to be so stupid."
  • Hypocrite: She has a habit of calling people out on things she's arguably more guilty of. She calls Vega a pervert for attacking the dolls to sate his obsession with beauty when she treats pretty much all of her fights like a BDSM session. Also calls Cammy out for the "sins" she committed while brainwashed when she does horrible things for kicks, and loves every minute of it.
  • Insane Troll Logic: In addition to ignoring the fact being someone's mind-puppet is pretty much the most blame absolving excuse there is, she conveniently ignores the fact that Cammy's been fighting Shadaloo partially to make up for her past (the other reasons being it's her job and the right thing to do) where Juri does and serves evil because it's her idea of a good time.
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: For Juri, Sex Is Violence.
  • Jerkass: Easily one of the most violent, sadistic, psychopathic, and flat out unpleasant characters in the series next to Bison and Vega, a stark contrast to Cammy and Chun-Li. She only seems to show begrudging respect to those who can put up a good fight, but even then that offers no protection from her sadism. Her dislike of hurting children and her hatred of Shadaloo (see Even Evil Has Standards) seem to be the only real redeemable traits she has.
  • It Amused Me: Her reasons for doing anything, whether good or bad. Juri does what she wants and seems like the most "fun" (aka, leads to violence or at least mischief). For example, she decides to help Cammy and Decapre escape from the law in Brazil because the idea that the straight-laced Cammy would go on the lam for her brainwashed "sister", whom she would still probably have to kill anyway, was just too good an opportunity to pass up.
  • Kick Chick: Probably even moreso than Chun-Li, to the point that her "heavy punch" is in fact a kick.
  • Lack of Empathy:
    • Juri cares only for herself. Everything else is either a toy or an insect as far as she's concerned. Best exemplified by this exchange between her and one of the scientists she's sent to kill in her OVA.
    S.I.N scientist: You're crazy! Get any closer, and I'll start taking out hostages! (Fearfully points his gun at a mother and her child)
    Juri: Go ahead, what do I care? These people are worthless. And you, you're worth even less..
  • Lag Cancel:
    • Her Feng Shui Engine performs this mechanic in SFIV, allowing Juri to cancel normal attacks into other normal attacks.
    • Her "storage"-based moveset in SFV also revolves around it, with one stored move able to cancel into another; typically, the fireball is cancelled into last because the other two are unsafe. The Feng Shui Engine (her V-Trigger I) performs the same job it did in IV, with the added benefit of requiring no storage for any move.
  • Laughing Mad: Whenever she's beating the stuffing out of someone.
  • Lean and Mean: Though not without some muscle.
  • Magitek: More like "Kitek", but, hey, technicalities.
  • Male Gaze: During her Street Fighter V battle intro, the first thing you see is her booty.
  • Mana Drain: Her V-Trigger II gives her the ability to drain her opponent's EX gauge by standing next to them.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Possibly the biggest one (after Poison and Laura, of course) in the series, not helped by her revealing costumes and seductive personality.
  • Nightmare Face: Is known to make these quite often to intimidate or even lure her opponents, with two of the most infamous occuring in Bison's SSFIV ending, and before fighting Rashid during the cinematic story of SFV.
  • Not So Different:
    • Pulls this on Cammy in their rival battle and in her OVA, stating that the both of them are cold-blooded killers and that Cammy is merely being the hero to try to hide her "sins".
    Juri: I bet we have a lot in common. After all, you were a member of this little fan club once. I bet you killed tons of people. And you still think you're the good guys. Makes me want to puke.
    • The Street Fighter V cinematic story mode makes this even clearer, with Juri going out of her way to protect Cammy and Decapre, while later helping them retrieve the other dolls.
  • Obviously Evil: At no point can this girl pass for a good guy with her violent sadism.
  • One-Man Army: In her OVA, a bunch of armed soldiers, Chun-Li, Bison's elite guard, Guile, and Cammy are no match for her.
  • Orgasmic Combat: Tends to let out some pretty erotic moans during combat.
  • Parental Abandonment: Thanks to Shadaloo.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Want proof? Look at her OVA. She manages to completely destroy an amusement park and kill everyone in there save for one person using the Feng Shui Engine. Keep in mind that she was using a prototype at the time.
  • Pet the Dog: She gained nothing from helping out Cammy and Decapre, yet she helped them out anyway, even defending them from Vega.
  • Photographic Memory: Claims to have this.
  • Power High: After gaining Ki-based powers from the Feng-Shui Engine she proclaims, "Mmm... I like it. I can feel waves of ki energy surging through my whole body," in a very suggestive way.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Juri wants nothing but chaos and violence (and the destruction of Shadaloo). However, she's very perceptive and knows quite well when to hold back on doing something immediately evil or destructive because it'll pay off with an opportunity for more later on.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Her default expression.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Her eyes, clothing, and special moves are colored purple and she's quite strong.
  • Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": If you hear her laughing hysterically, it usually means someone's getting beaten up.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Though it's normally tied up in a Horned Hairdo. Her summer costume in USFIV and has her letting it all hang out.
  • Revenge: In the UDON comics, she wants revenge against Bison and Shadaloo for killing her parents. In the games, it is less clear if this is still the case, as her SFIV ending insinuates that her desire to kill Bison has less to do with avenging her parents and more to do with appeasing her lust for violence and taking over Shadaloo for herself.
  • The Rival: To Chun-Li. While her rivalry with Cammy is a huge case of It's Personal, she merely sees Chun-Li as a fun distraction at best. Likewise Chun-Li holds no personal animosity towards Juri and sees putting her away as just part of her job. She even expresses sympathy for Juri, knowing full well what it's like to have one's parents murdered by Shadaloo.
  • Sadist: She really gets off on hurting others.
  • Sensual Spandex: Juri's default outfit in Street Fighter V.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: Doesn't help that the straps of her shirt look more like a tattoo than clothing material.
  • Sexy Walk: Her normal walk looks like this.
  • Shadow Archetype: To Chun-Li. Juri represents what Chun-Li would've been had she let her hatred for Bison and her desire for revenge consume her.
  • Slasher Smile: Her Psychotic Smirk upgrades into this when she's feeling particularly sadistic.
  • The Sociopath: Simply put, Juri does what Juri wants. And if people get hurt, she's cool with it.
  • Spy Catsuit: Her default outfit in Street Fighter V is a skin-tight bodysuit that covers everything but her fingers and toes.
  • Straw Nihilist: Implied. As her win quote in Versus Mode shows, Juri feels that life is meaningless and only seems to find any real joy in fighting and killing.
    Juri: "Learn to fight like me, and you'll realize how boring everything else is."
  • Stripperiffic: Almost all of her costumes.
  • This Cannot Be!:
    • In Japanese, she says "Sonna bakana!" when K.O.'ed. Translated, it'd be along the lines of "I can't believe it!"
    • In English, however, it's "I'll have my revenge!" If you K.O. with a light punch, light kick or Focus Attack so that she K.O.s in a crumple state though, she still says "I can't believe this..."
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Says this word for word in Seth's V Story Mode when she sees how transplanting his mind in a "female body" and calling him a toy causes him to go after her.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: She enjoys receiving pain as much as she enjoys giving it, particularly if she's fighting strong opponents.
  • Turned Against Their Masters:
    • In her ending, she used Seth's tournament as a distraction while she plotted to take over S.I.N.
    • But the reverse happens in Seth's ending, as she decided to follow him because of the fun she's having.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: The UDON comic gives an insight into Juri's backstory and shows was once a kind, innocent, and somewhat reserved girl who wanted to make her strict, but loving parents proud, a far cry from hedonistic, sociopathic sadist she is today. It took Shadaloo murdering her parents to turn her into cold-blooded killer obsessed with becoming a pure embodiment of death. Compare this image of her as a kid to this image of her now and it's quite jarring to see the difference.
  • Vapor Wear: Her second alternate costume.
  • Villain Team-Up: Teams up with the Illuminati in V to take down Bison.
  • Whole Costume Reference: Jolyne Cujoh from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
  • Wild Card: In SFV, she isn't on anyone's "side". She doesn't want Bison to win, but she isn't on friendly terms with the heroes, either. Her assistance only lasts as long as she finds it amusing.
  • Worthy Opponent: Has shades of this with Ryu, Ken, Akuma and Oni as they're the only fighters in the game that she does not have resounding contempt for.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Pretty much Juri's only redeeming factor. As sadistic and violent as she is, she draws the line at hurting kids.
    • However, Juri's win quote against Makoto suggests she intends to kill the latter. Could be justified by the brutal nature of Makoto's fighting style, though.
  • You Killed My Father: Lost her parents to Shadaloo and Bison.

Oil-Covered Daddy
"Never fought a Turkish wrestler before? Glad I could enlighten you!"
Origin: Turkey flag 
Fighting style: Yağlı Güreş (Turkish oil-wrestling)
Voiced by: note 
The Turkish CEO of the world's leading cooking oil company, and a practitioner of the national sport of Yağlı Güreş otherwise known as oil-wrestling. His in-game self reflects this with lots of oiled-up grappling and even a move that has him apply more oil to his body, powering up his moves for a short time and making him faster.
  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: His wife Melike has a fairly petite build, despite having given birth to seven daughters.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Tomato red skin, sky blue hair(?).
    • There's an explanation for that: Hakan stays oiled up all the time. Turkey is a sunny place. What does Oil + Sunshine create? At first, a tan. But Hakan did go beyond that. Ken even notes that he "looks a little crisp." The hair is probably blue because he uses oil for that, too and they didn't want to give him black hair.
    • In reference to his hair—the appearance of Hakan's hair is a pun, as he is Turkish and the Japanese word for Turkey is "Toruko", his hair resembles stone and the Japanese word for stone is "Ishi", and his hair color is turquoise and the Japanese word for turquoise is "Toruko Ishi". This holds true for European languages as well: the English word turquoise comes from the Old French turqueise which literally means "Turkish [stone]".
  • Animal Motifs: Both his beltbuckle and the barrel that he uses to "oil up" seems to share the same leonine theme.
  • Anime Hair: His hair is curled into very short ringlets that look like giant barnacles. In one of his taunts, he expresses concern that his opponent will mess it up. His daughters appear to have inherited this style, or at least style it like their father.
  • Badass Mustache
  • Bear Hug: One of his special grabs. (However, because he is slippery, the opponent flies off instead of getting crushed.)
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Very much so.
  • Catchphrase: "Looks like it's time to oil up!"
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: In his versus silhouette.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: While he loves and cares for his wife and daughters, he's rather pleasant to the major part of the Action Girls in the cast (barring Viper and Juri), if his post-battle lines are signs. i.e., he's concerned about Cammy being a bit young for the army in his view, praises Elena's height, cheerfully supports Ibuki's quest to find a boyfriend and Makoto's trecking in search of good opponents, tells Poison that he'll be her sponsor if she gets enough fans, etc.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He definitely doesn't look that threatening, and can seem to be quite silly. But underestimate him at your own peril.
  • Cultured Badass: In his own Turkish cultured way, he's pretty refined as well.
  • Doting Parent: Implied in his first line in his character trailer and confirmed in his ending, when the seven little girls come greet him and Hakan is quite happy to see them.
  • Dreadful Musician: As much as his daughters love him, they can't stand his singing.
  • Dumb Muscle: Has shades of this, as shown in his opening or in Seth's rival scene. Could be more of a Genius Ditz, though, considering he's rich and a good fighter.
  • Everybody Knew Already: Despite Capcom's best efforts to keep him under wraps before his planned debut, he was mentioned as far back as September '09 when details of the game first emerged.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: C. Viper almost says this word-for-word.
  • Family Man: Hakan certainly loves his wife and his children.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry
  • Friend to All Children: He has children himself.
  • Gentle Giant: Though not a bad guy and he's a friendly father, he actually subverts it during his opening, when he attacks a man he mistakes for an industry spy without listening to him.
  • Happily Married: And he's got the multitude of daughters to prove it!
  • Honest Corporate Executive: He runs his huge oil company without falling into corrupt tactics, and in his quote against M. Bison he openly rejects the idea of cutting any economic deals with Shadaloo.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Him and his wife Melike.
  • I Have a Family: A wife and septuplet daughters, to be specific.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's a giant of a man, and yet all that oil means he moves across the screen like (literally) greased lightning.
  • Monochromatic Eyes: His eyes are completely white, though unlike villainous characters such as M.Bison and Sagat, who also possess eyes of this type, he's a good-hearted character.
  • Murderous Thighs
  • Nice Hat: In one of his alternate costumes, he wears a classic turkish Fez.
  • No Brows
  • No Indoor Voice: He's not a quiet man.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: "Looks like it's time to oil up!"
  • Remember the New Guy?: Hakan and E. Honda are old friends, to the point where the former casually calls the later "Edmond". SSFIV marks Hakan's debut in the Street Fighter continuity. Also both of their fighting styles are similar.
  • The Rival: Has a Friendly Rivalry with E. Honda. Strangely, Hakan is the second rival of both C. Viper and Seth.
  • Slippery Skid: His oiled-up body allows him to slide along the floor into opponents.
  • The Idiot from Ankara: He speaks in Kansai-ben in the Japanese version, despite being Turkishnote . In the English version, he speaks with a thick Turkish accent instead.
  • There Are No Good Executives: Averted: Hakan has his own company, but aside from his hot temper, he's one of the good guys.
  • Theme Naming: Hakan's every single Special, Super or Ultra move has the word "oil" in it. No idea why.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Hakan is a very strange looking man, but he has a gorgeous wife and seven children.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: A rather odd case. Most characters in Street Fighter who are clearly human in appearance run the entire gamut of naturally occurring hair colors. Hakan's is turquoise colored, probably as a result of oils. But when looking at his seven kids, it could be hereditary.

Debuting in Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition

Destroyer of Heaven
"I alone have mastered the art of combat! My murderous intent shall never fade!"
Origin: Japan flag 
Fighting style: Ansatsuken
Voiced by: note 
Fully named Kuruoshiki Oni ("Mad Demon"). He is a non-canon What If? character that explores the question "What if Akuma fully mastered the Satsui no Hado?" The answer is Oni: an even more demonic version of Akuma with blue skin, completely red eyes, and glowing light-blue hair. Upon completely mastering it, the Satsui no Hado within Akuma consumes him, body and soul, transforming him into a divine monster. Akuma's consciousness, and with it his code as a warrior, are now locked away inside his own psyche as the evil energy takes over. Now, as Oni, he only craves destruction, and utilizes virtually godlike power in order to fulfill the Satsui no Hado's will.
  • A God Am I: And take our word for it, disputing this is inadvisable.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: His skin and hair are blue.
  • Badass Boast: His intro quote, and a large majority of the things he says to those he is about to do battle with certainly qualify, but his Ultra 2 activation quote stands out.
    "My power... MOVES WORLDS!"
  • Barbarian Long Hair: Oni has longer and wilder hair than Akuma.
  • Battle Aura: Oni has a purple one, to be exact. Interestingly, instead of Akuma's Ten kanji(which is burned into Oni's back) it forms an amalgamation of the kanji Kami and Oni, which can mean demon god. Alternatively, it can be read as Kon, meaning Soul.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind/Enemy Within/Enemy Without/Your Mind Makes It Real: Akuma and Oni's quote for one another confirm that Oni plays this role to Akuma, as Oni represents the one thing Akuma doesn't want to become (luckily, as canon dictates, Akuma being consumed by the Satsui no Hadou will most likely never come to pass, if III is any indication).
    • Rose's winquote against Oni actually raises the rather frightening probability that Oni will come to exist eventually...when Akuma has mastered his most dangerous techniques.
    "Why...I never expected you to appear now.."
  • Beating A Dead Player: The only character in IV to directly interact with the opponent during their win screen pose, Oni grabs his defeated challenger by the head/neck and slams them face-first into the screen, presumably killing them. That last part happens just off-screen, of course.
  • Blood Knight: Both more and less so than Akuma. On the one hand, Oni actually admits to enjoying battles with a much wider variety of fighters than Akuma. On the other hand, he isn't particular about fighting actual fighters and will murder anybody he comes across if the whim strikes him.
  • Bonus Boss: Oni appears as a secret boss by completing Arcade Mode under certain conditions, namely not losing a round, getting two Perfects, five Super or Ultra combo finishes, ten first attacks, and defeating Seth with a Super or Ultra combo.
    • True Final Boss: Oni falls into this, considering he's stronger than Shin Akuma, who is known to split small mountains without much effort.
      • Evil Ryu and Oni appear to be rivals of sorts. So it's likely give and take with their power levels. Both are off the charts and by far the most powerful "evil" characters in the cast.
      • SNK Boss: Oni's A.I. is also harder than the aforementioned characters. He has more vitality and stun than the playable version and his moves are altered (for example, all of his chargeable moves are fully charged when he uses them).
      • Although the bonus boss doesn't get nearly as many complaints as Seth does. Evil Ryu is actually easier to abuse due to his ability to cancel his teleport into anything at any time. Capcom has long made the boss characters different than playable characters (Shin Akuma, Shin Bison, etc). Evil Ryu and Oni are seen to be rivals of sorts and are somewhat comparable in power, Super Saiyan Aura and all.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": Oni has both the Ten kanji, which is burned into his back, and a personal kanji of his own; Kishin, meaning Demon God.
  • The Bus Came Back: Makes an appearance in Kage's Arcade Mode ending.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He flat-out says that he's evil in his intro. Averted with the original Japanese dialogue, where he says nothing of the sort.
  • Charged Attack: His Gohadoken. The more it's charged, the farther it goes.
  • Dark Reprise: Oni's theme is a darker, more chilling version of Akuma's theme that retains only a few chords of the original song.
  • Deadpan Snarker: With heavy emphasis on the "dead" as his pre-fight quote against Adon shows.
    "Time to skin this jaguar..."
  • Demonic Possession/Superpowered Evil Side: Could be one or the other, depending on how you interpret a person's consciousness when they become this consumed by the Satsui no Hadou (were they taken over by the real essence of the Satsui no Hadou or did they surrender themselves to it). Either way Akuma is barely in there anymore.
    • This is averted in the UDON comics. After successfully tricking Ryu into giving in to the Satsui No Hadou, Akuma transforms into Oni on his own volition and at no point refers to himself as Oni, implying he is in full control of himself.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Oni loses Akuma's sandals and goes completely barefooted.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: This is essentially Akuma's "Evil Ryu" but since Akuma was much further down the path than Ryu ever was, his tipping point is also much further along.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In one of Akuma's SFII endings, he speaks to what identifies itself as the shadow of his soul, that will eventually overwhelm him and drag him into darkness. This is the first hint of Oni's existence. Akuma also had a color pallette that resembled Oni cut from Street Fighter 3, which also had a stage presumably meant for Oninote  removed very late in developement.
  • Enemy Within: Oni serves as this to Akuma. In several endings of various games, it turns into Enemy Without.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: His voice is the same as Akuma's, but distorted even more by Power Echoes. Averted in the English version, where even with the Power Echoes his voice is surprisingly tenor.
  • Fighting from the Inside: The playable version of Oni is being held back by what remains of Akuma in hopes of somebody killing him. Shin Oni manages to shrug off this restraint.
  • Flash Step: An offensive variant; his Rakan Dantojin (Arhat Severing Tower Blade, or Demon Slash) involves Oni suddenly rushing forward and passing through attacks while delivering a strike to his opponents midsection that sends them flying.
  • Flaming Hair: The effect of this look is given.
  • Flat Character: From what little he says of himself, he seems to simply be malevolent intent made manifest, and has little in the way of personal motivations, goals or personalities. Either that, or he now operates under such a degree of Blue-and-Orange Morality that his purpose is now inscrutable, making him flat to our eyes.
  • God of Evil: Outright declares himself to be such. Averted in the original Japanese, where he's more implying that he has ascended to become a demonic being (kind of a malevolent Physical God), whose essence is malevolent but has no causal relationship with evil.
  • Guest Fighter: Oni becomes a Alicorn at one point
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Like Akuma.
  • Ground Pound: This happens at the beginning of his Ultra II and his Sekisei Jiraiken special move.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: His first Ultra Combo, the Meido Gohado ("Dark Painful Great Surge"), which can be thrown forwards, straight up, or in the air diagonally downward. If thrown forwards and at point blank, the blast will pin the opponent to the far "wall" and then he throws another one that rips through them to finish them off.
  • Kneel Before Zod: His taunt orders the opponent to do so.
  • Obviously Evil: Blue skin, what look like horns emerging out of his forehead, zero humanity, and a pretty mean Battle Aura. Heck, Akuma is Fighting from the Inside to reclaim control of his body because even he thinks he went too far this time.
    "I am evil incarnate!"
  • Omnicidal Maniac: His intro quote, if it is to be believed. Again, only for the English version and averted for the Japanese.
    "I shall grind beneath my heel...all that exists."
  • Made of Evil: Oni is the pure physical manifestation of the Satsui no Hado, and as such is literally nothing but malevolent energy (Along with some dry wit) massed into a corporeal being.
  • Made of Plasticine/Chunky Salsa Rule: One of Oni's alternate costumes has cracks running throughout his body. As he is hit with progressively more damage, his body slowly crumbles away, revealing a swirling mass of dark Ki. Subverted in actual gameplay terms, as he has average health like Ryu.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The fact that his name literally means "Demon" should be enough to get you worried.
  • No Brows
  • One-Winged Angel/Superpowered Evil Side: Is this to Akuma.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Several of Oni's quotes would imply he sees himself as this, as well as how utterly powerful he is.
    "Oni shall usher in unimaginable calamity"
  • Physical God: Easily among the top five most powerful characters in the Street Fighter universe, considering normal Akuma pales in comparison to him.
  • Power Echoes: Oni's is heavily distorted.
  • Power Floats: Shin Oni does not walk towards his opponents like the playable version. He glides across the air, levitating slightly off the ground.
  • Power Limiter: Word of God is that the playable version of Oni is being held back by remnants of Akuma's will, and that the True Final Boss‎ version of him, "Shin Oni", is not.
  • Power Incontinence: The tiny Soul Fragment of Akuma left inside Oni is wasting and reallocating power in order to allow somebody to kill him. This is presumably why he cannot throw a normal fireball in the air, but can throw airborne Ultra fireballs, and why he cannot perform a true Ashura Senku nor the Kongou Kokuretsuzan.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Like Evil Ryu, Oni as a boss character has for each character an individual pre-fight quote.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Like Akuma, he has glowing red eyes.
  • The Rival: His rivalry with Ryu carries over from whatever little part of Akuma is left in him. Oni even seems pleased that Ryu's finally given into the Satsui no Hadou if you face him with Evil Ryu. Oni is also intrigued by the power/potential of certain characters and seeks to test them in a Worthy Opponent-like manner; most notably, Oni remarks that if Cody were to stop voluntarily holding himself back by wearing those handcuffs, he'd prove to be quite the challenge.
  • Say My Name: His Ultra activation quote in his Rival Battle against Gouken has Oni furiously belting out the name of his nemesis at the top of his lungs. Nothing more would probably suffice.
  • Shotoclone: In a way. He hits all the important points (Shoryuken, Hadoken, and Hurricane Kick) but gains some nifty extras for some as well (his Hadokens can be charged like Gouken's in order to travel farther and his Shoryuken becomes a Shin Shoryuken-like move if done at close range; he also replaces the Shakunetsu Hadoken with the Gorai Hadoken). He also has some unique attacks (a Misogi-like jumping chop, a sliding palm slash crossup, and a mid-air ki burst that can send him forward or back) but lacks regular Akuma's mid-air Zankuu Hadoken (although he has an Ultra Combo equivalent) and Ashura Senkuu teleport. He retains the Shun Goku Satsu as a Super Combo but can also perform it while jumping.
  • Shows Damage: In his second alternate costume, bits and pieces of his body crack and break like old plaster as he takes damage, revealing pure energy underneath.
  • Sliding Scale of Villain Threat: Oni is a much larger threat then Akuma ever could, or might desire to be. Whereas Akuma only ever sought strong, individual opponents, Oni seeks murder and destruction on a planetary scale, and, judging from how powerful he is, it's very feasible that he could accomplish just that.
  • Super Mode: During several of his Supers, Oni turns jet black with glowing eyes and hair and Volcanic Veins on his fists and arms.
    • In a way, Oni himself. The transformation from Akuma to Oni isn't a voluntary one, but Oni is several magnitudes more powerful than Akuma.
  • Third-Person Person: Oni speaks this way in some of his winquotes.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: The upper part of the gi is ripped off.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • Cody, one of the few people Oni implies can actually stand up to him and stand a good chance of winning.
    • Evil Ryu as well, Who even Oni admits was an obstacle in his path.
    • Perhaps Sagat, for Oni says that he would "enjoy matching wits with him".
    • And possibly Sakura, as he acknowledges that she has come far.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Like his skin. And his hair glows.

Debuting in Ultra Street Fighter IV

This Rose Has Thorns
"Can't start the show without the star, right?"
Origin: USA flag 
Fighting style: Self-taught acrobatic fighting
Voiced by: note 
An ex-member of the Mad Gear gang. Poison grew up in an orphanage along with her best friend Roxy, and the two were eventually recruited by Belger. After the gang's downfall and Belger's death, Poison turned over a new leaf and decided to pave a path for herself to stardom and success. Though she is more known nowadays for her managerial and business savviness via acting as the manager of Hugo Andore, Poison is a capable fighter in her own right, using a fighting style combining the usage of a whip, acrobatics, and pro wrestling.

Confirmed as a returning character for V, now sporting a longer whip and a more stylized version of her iconic look.

  • '80s Hair: Bright pink, feathered tresses complete with wide, angular bangs. Justified, in that she made her Final Fight debut in 1989.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: If one of her old Final Fight endings is still canon, she is madly in love with Cody, who has absolutely no positive or negative opinion of her anymore. note 
  • All Women Love Shoes: According to her biography, Poison loves high heels.
  • Amazonian Beauty: In IV like Juri, it's mostly in the abs department. In V on the other hand, she straight-up looks like a fitness model, with feminine curves, but being muscular all over.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Her most famous trait, and sufficiently debated to the point that a fan actually made a documentary about Poison's sex. According to Final Fight Director Akira Nishitani, Poison was originally intended to be a cisgender woman, but became a "newhalf"note  in order to mitigate American concerns about hitting women. This alone has led to debate due to the fact that the term "newhalf" is used both in the Japanese manual and the concept art, while Nishitani said this change happened after release. (In fact, the whole issue was initially side-stepped by having Poison's sprite replaced with an unambiguously male character, and later appearances of Poison in the west referred to the character as a male crossdresser). Since then, interviews with current and former employees are all over the place — Nishitani has said that Poison "could be male" but in his personal view Poison was female, while Street Fighter IV producer Yoshinori Ono once indicated that Poison is a post-op transsexual in the West, while in Japan she was simply "tucking her business away to look female", but has more recently indicated Capcom did not have a stance and that it was up to the player to decide. Capcom has made some jokes about it such as a few character quotes in Street Fighter X Tekken (the first game where she was playable) noticing how "manly" she seems for a woman, many of which ended up cut from the Western release after Capcom worked with GLAAD to minimize potentially transphobic content. The issue is also jokingly referenced in Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, where Poison says that being gossiped about is just proof of her popularity. Also, knocking her into the computer in Lair of the Four Kings, which normally causes a reading of the character's stats to appear on the screen, an "unknown" reading appears where the gender normally is, and she has 1000 points of health in Ultra, which some player communities informally call "man health" as most females in Capcom fighters have less than that.
  • Ascended Extra: She has appeared as a background character in the Alpha games, as well as in Hugo's winposes and endings, but (ignoring Final Fight Revenge) it wasn't until Street Fighter X Tekken that she finally became a playable character. She eventually made her first playable appearance in the main Street Fighter series with Ultra Street Fighter IV. Since then, Poison has proven to be very popular among much of the playerbase, both for her gameplay and unique design as a sexually ambiguous character, ranking very high in Capcom's popularity poll. This newfound popularity has since paid off, as Poison once again returns in V. She even lampshades her newfound status among the fandom.
    "Being gossiped about is proof of my popularity!"
  • Bare Your Midriff: She wears a very short top.
  • Berserk Button: While she doesn't care about people gossiping about her personally, anyone gossiping about her failing wrestling venture does get her angry, as her own wrestlers find out the hard way.
  • Combat Pragmatist: If brandishing a whip isn't bad enough, her first V-Trigger in V has her throw MOLOTOV COCKTAILS at her opponents.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Poison's comments in her Character Story in V make some pretty clear allusions to her Ambiguous Gender situation, though she's actually talking about Hugo being a born fighter.
    Poison: There are some things we just can't control. You could be born to a rich family, or to a family living in a garbage dump. Whether you're a man or a woman, you can't choose how you're born into this world.
  • Face of the Band: In-universe, after scouting for talent in Ultra, she manages to talk Rolento, Hugo, Guy, Cody, Ryu, and Ken into forming a KISS-style rock band.
  • Fun Personified: A decidedly sexy kind of fun, but still.
  • Groin Attack: The end of her 2nd Ultra. Ouch.
  • Heel–Face Turn: No longer affiliated with the Mad Gear gang. Moreover, she's 100% done with being a criminal, and has absolutely no intention of going back, as some of her win quotes attest to.
    to Abel: "I can sympathize, but the future is what's important. Not the past." note 
  • Hidden Depths: Seems to have accompanied her growing an actual personality when she transitioned from Final Fight to Street Fighter. Aside from having an unrequited crush on Cody, she has become a successful professional wrestler, and if her ending is anything to go by, has impressive latent musical talents and enough charisma to lead a very popular band.
  • Lower-Class Lout: A boorish street-punk and once gang-member.
  • Meaningful Name: Poison was named after the late '80s glam-metal band Poison, known for their effeminate dress sense and use of make up, by an unnamed female employee at Capcom.
  • Musical Theme Naming: Much like other Final Fight enemies, her name is a rock music reference, specifically to the 80's hair band Poison.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's attractive, she's scantily-clad, the camera makes a great deal out of both, and whilst most characters have movesets based on various real-world martial arts (or some sort of sci-fi/fantasy weirdness), hers is dominatrix-themed.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a leather-queen cap.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Poison.
  • Nice Hat/Chained by Fashion
  • Rapunzel Hair: She has really long hair. Her default outfit in V shortens its length, but also makes it more horizontal.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Subverted with her personality. The hair color is part of her design as a criminal street fighter (no pun intended) from the 80's.
  • Satellite Character: Roxy, who grew up in the same orphanage as Poison and is typically implied to be one of Poison's closest friends.
  • Sexophone: In keeping with her character, her theme music in both IV and V is a sleazy, raspy saxophone piece with a Hammond organ accompaniment, which evokes a stripper taking to the pole, or a drag-queen strutting her way onto the main-stage.
  • Sexy Walk: Carried over from X Tekken.
  • She's a Man in Japan: At the earliest point in her development, Poison was intended to be a cisgendered female, but became transgender in order to bypass American concerns about hitting women; now she's either a woman, a "newhalf" hermaphrodite, or a post-op transexual, and Word of God is that there's no official stance as to what her gender is. The controversy and confusion adds to her popularity which, as of late, is Capcom's intention.
  • She's Got Legs: Thanks to her mini shorts and pumps.
  • Shout-Out: One of her special moves looks like a Rising Tackle.
  • Shout-Out: Poison was named after the late '80s glam-metal band Poison, known for their effeminate dress sense and use of make up, by an unnamed female employee at Capcom.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Actually in the Final Fight series, but since she and Cody are in the SF games as well, this trope does count for Cody's backstory. The corrupt cop Edi. E framed Cody for Poison's own crimes (street fighting), sending him to prison.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's 5'9", tying with C. Viper, Laura, and Falke as the third-tallest female Street Fighter character after Elena (6'0") and Rose (5'10").
  • Stripperific: She sports a miniscule pair of denim daisy-dukes, and a tiny T-shirt that barely covers her boobs.
  • The Tease: Everything about her is sexual, but at no point has she ever been demonstrated as sexually desiring someone else.
  • Third-Person Seductress: Poison is considered one of the sexiest characters in both franchises of the shared Street Fighter/Final Fight universe, both due to her highly sexualized looks, behavior and moveset, and because she's the only transfemale character (maybe). So in addition to the people attracted to her sexually, she's also beloved by the trans community for being their only self-insert character.
  • Transgender: Poison is possibly the first Street Fighter character to be transgender MTF (male-to-female). And an infamously controversial one in her original series to boot.
  • Transgender Fetishization: Provides the page image. Aside from Juri, she's the most provocative character in the setting, and aside from Elena, wears by far the least clothing. Even her fighting style is somewhat based on a dominatrix. In X Tekken, she had very little personality or story beyond that, and her ambiguous sex was often alluded to or joked about; this was heavily toned down in Ultra Street Fighter IV and she gained some Hidden Depths in her winquotes, though she kept the fighting style for gameplay purposes. Nowadays, it's ambiguous whether she is one or not.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Poison does.
  • Whip It Good: Her signature riding crop returns in all its glory. V swaps out the riding crop for an actual whip, and she got more moves utilizing it.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Her back throw is a frankensteiner, and after Love Me Tender can perform a Poison Rana on the foe to boot.

Deadly Shadow
Origin: Russia flag  / Shadaloo
Fighting style: Shadaloo elite fighting techniques
Voiced by: note 
One of Bison's Dolls. While Juri ended up severely crippling the majority of the Dolls, Bison managed to keep at least one of them still active. Decapre's motives are unclear. She works under Bison's direct orders like the rest of the Dolls, and it is hinted that she is searching for Cammy as one of her targets. She also has memories of the scary childhood of growing up as a lab experiment.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Her burns cover a smaller part of her face on Ultra SFIV then when her face was first shown in the UDON comics. And in V, the burns look less severe.
  • Amazonian Beauty: In the same vein as most of the females in the cast. Her Summer Vacation DLC outfit (care of Udon) however emphasizes just how ripped she is even compared to the rest of the cast (even Cammy).
  • Ascended Extra: Her first appearance was in Street Fighter Alpha 3 during the boss fight introduction against Juli and Juni.
  • Ax-Crazy: We're talking Juri levels.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Cammy during the Street Fighter V story mode, fittingly at the Shadaloo base while working to take down Bison once and for all.
  • Berserk Button: Cammy. To the point where she will attack her on sight regardless of her prior orders or mission objectives. As shown in her ending, when Cammy arrives after she's defeated Seth, she goes from calculated assassin to shrieking madwoman as she attempts to kill her.
    I'll end you! I'll destroy every part of you! KILL YOU!!
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: She has a retractable blade in each of her gauntlets.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: She's been heavily conditioned from birth to be an assassin and only follow Bison's orders.
  • Canon Immigrant: While she did show up in Alpha that was a palette swap to give some level of difference between the dolls. UDON was the one that gave her more of a backstory which Capcom ran with, so technically her character is more from the comics.
  • Cat Suit: Like the other Dolls, she wears one.
  • Charged Attack: The "Hold" variety like most other characters in the series. She seems to be a Charged Attack version of Cammy.
  • Cool Mask: Has had three different types of metallic mask amongst her appearances, one which covers her face entirely, one which exposes her mouth and nose, and another with a glowing One-Way Visor.
  • Cloning Blues: She's a clone of Cammy, but unlike Cammy, is still under Bison's manipulation. If Capcom takes anything from her character in the Udon comics (as they have done for other characters), then she's actually a failed prototype of Cammy.
  • Clothes Make the Maniac: The black mask on her face is certainly sinister looking, but it's unknown if it serves any combat purposes. In the Udon comics, the left side of her face is horribly burned and scarred.
    • The pre-production art that Capcom released shows that she's scarred here as well, though not as severely as in the comics, which use the Alpha 3 design, wherein Decapre's mask was full-face, so the artists drew the scars going all the way down to her mouth's height; her Ultra mask leaves her mouth exposed while hiding any nasty bits, so her face is only slightly burnt up until the cheek (still on the left side, though).
    • And then there's her Madwoman in the Attic alternate costume in Ultra...
  • Death Equals Redemption: In her ending, Decapre's body begins to deteriorate. Bison says she only has moments left, but could save her if Cammy worked out an agreement. Even though Decapre swore to kill Cammy until the very end, when she sees Cammy standing over her, ready to defend her from Bison, she tries to comfort Cammy by saying the same words that Cammy said to comfort her when they were children, just before blacking out. She seems to have found some sort of peace in her final moments. Don't worry, the ending is not canon.
  • Demoted to Extra: She appears again in Street Fighter V as an NPC opponent. She was originally meant to be a playable character in the game in lieu of Cammy, but due to the negative backlash of Decapre's debut, Cammy was brought back instead.
  • Dramatic Unmask: We get to see what's underneath the mask in her arcade ending. She's a clone of Cammy, and she's dying.
  • Energy Ball: Her Psycho Stream Ultra fires a large slow-moving one.
  • Flash Step: Has couple of teleporting moves which is accomplished with this.
  • Foil: To Cammy. In a sense, Decapre represents who Cammy would have turned out to be had she not escaped Bison's clutches, and likewise Cammy also represents what Decapre could have been had she only been free of Bison. Their similar design and moveset also purposefully evokes that.
  • Fragile Speedster: Just like Cammy.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It doesn't take much to send her off into a frenzy.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After being rescued by Cammy and breaking free of Bison's control in V, she protects her from Vega.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Inverted, to contrast with Cammy. She's a cold-hearted dog lover.
  • Knife Nut: Uses claws like Vega, except these ones are retractable.
  • Machine Monotone: If she's not going nuts, her voice is usually monotone.
  • Moveset Clone: Averted, she only retains a couple of special attacks from Cammy, both of which she uses very differently. Her Cannon Drill is not only now a charge move, but it can ony be done in the air (while Cammy can only do hers on the ground). Meanwhile, her Cannon Strike is now a follow up to her new Scramble teleport move (whereas Cammy could do it anytime on jump in).
  • Robo Speak: Due to her being a brainwashed slave of Bison's, much of her dialogue and win quotes are comprised of short, to-the-point words or phrases. More prominent in the Japanese dialogue where she speaks in the quintessential dull monotone.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: Like the other Dolls, her Cat Suit exposes her back.
  • Temporal Theme Naming: Decapre is Russian for "December", going along with the names of all the other dolls. However, the proper romanization of the Russian word is "Dekabr", not "Decapre" (which is likely just a phonetic spelling), and her name should be properly said "dee-KAH-br", not "d'CAP-ree".
  • Tragic Monster: One of the most tragic characters in the game. She was a clone of Cammy, an innocent little girl brainwashed into psychotic rage and otherwise emotionless obedience, but still retaining flashes of her traumatic childhood of being conditioned and experimented upon.
  • Unstoppable Rage: She has a near Broly-level hatred for Cammy.
    I hate your lying face! HATE YOU! HATE YOU!! HATE YOU!!!
  • Wrestler in All of Us: As a Cammy clone, she naturally has her German Suplex and Frankensteiner grabs.


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