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M.Bison (Vega)

Street Fighter Alpha 
Street Fighter II 
Fear and respect...the supreme energy that is Psycho Power!

Origin: Shadaloo
Fighting style: Psycho Power
Appears in: SFII, SFA, SFIV, SFV
Voiced by: note 
Portrayed by: note 

M. Bison is the Big Bad and Final Boss of II and most of the Alpha games, the leader of the multinational criminal organization Shadaloo, and the enemy of almost every character in the franchise. He is the wielder of a purely negative energy known as Psycho Power, which is fueled by evil thoughts and desires. Bison's ultimate goal is world domination, and his ambition has made him responsible for nearly every bad thing that happens in the series. Bison personally killed Chun-Li's father and Charlie, murdered T. Hawk's father and pushed his people off their native lands, and abducted teenage girls from around the world (one of them being T. Hawk's childhood friend) to serve as his brainwashed bodyguards and assassins.

In Alpha 3, Bison has completed construction of a superweapon called the Psycho Drive; it can be used to boost his power and as a Kill Sat. He is also looking for a new body, since the Psycho Power is beginning to exceed the limits of his own. He tries to take Ryu's body by brainwashing him and setting him against his friends, but they free him, and shortly afterwards, Bison is killed — but his soul somehow survives, and eventually, Shadaloo's scientists create a new body for him (albeit a severely weakened one).

Bison hosts the Street Fighter II tournament to gain revenge on those who bested him, but before he can extract that revenge, he is attacked by Akuma. His soul survived the Shun Goku Satsu, however, and he was once again given a new body — one which would be able to hold a much larger amount of his Psycho Power (it's a combination of his Alpha and II bodies).

In IV, Bison is attempting to revive Shadaloo from behind the scenes, and the first objective in his new scheme is to eliminate the traitorous Seth. Bison returns once more in V, now with white hair and a trenchcoat variation of his signature red military uniform. Having bid his time until all the pieces were in place, he is ready to unleash his ultimate scheme and announce Shadaloo's revival with a bang. The plan's codename? Operation C.H.A.I.N.S.

Gameplay-wise, Bison embodies the very essence of what it means to be a dictator. To that end, he is designed around oppressing and bullying his opponents into submission, being armed to the teeth with powerful attacks that have long reach and are usually advantageous when they are blocked. His Double Knee Press avoids all low attacks, covers a significant portion of the screen, and leaves him generally at advantage, either by knocking the opponent down or leaving them staggered for further pressure. His Head Press and Devil Reverse form a deadly guessing game in which the opponent must quickly ascertain whether or not Bison's intention is to bait a reaction from them. His most infamous attack by far, however, is the Psycho Crusher - a full-screen attack in which Bison torpedoes himself towards the opponent wreathed in Psycho Power to inflict massive damage on both hit and block. The Psycho Crusher has gone through various changes as the series has gone on. Regardless, it usually serves as Bison's strongest option.

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  • Actually a Doombot: Since Alpha, and likely since long before, Bison has been inhabiting bodies created for him by Shadaloo scientists. He attempts to subvert this with his plan to make Ryu, or someone of greater strength, his permanent host via possession.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • To Chun-Li, Charlie and Guile. Taken to the point that the Trope Namer for But for Me, It Was Tuesday always remembers who they are.
    • Averted with Ryu despite him being the main character. He merely sees Ryu as a body to possess. Ironically enough, it's Ryu who ends up being the one to finally kill him in V. He even takes note of this when he and Ryu have their showdown:
      As I had expected, you are the one who comes to me in all this chaos!
    • He also sees Akuma as this, due to him coming from out of nowhere and Shun-Goku-Satsu'ing him just as he was about to battle Ryu for his body in SSF2 Turbo. Even though, for all intents and purposes, Akuma is stronger than Ryu, Bison still wishes to settle for Ryu as his replacement body due to the intense grudge he holds against Akuma.
  • Ambiguously Brown: The Dictator's true ethnic background is completely unknown. He has always been depicted as dark-skinned, and was initially believed to be Asian as in his debut game because he was fought in Thailand and had Asian facial features. In later games however, the Dictator is fought in different countries and has more has more inconsistent facial features across appearances. He frequently changes bodies, and both of his names, "Vega" and "M. Bison", are not tied to any particular language. On top of that, most of the characters who were/are potential replacement bodies created by Shadaloo for him tend to of varying ethnicities, making it ambiguous if any given body is the original. Overlaps with Mysterious Past.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Though Bison's body was destroyed by Ryu at the end of V, his consciousness lives on in the form of Phantom Bison, an incorporeal form created through his Psycho Power.
  • Assist Character: Cammy's Psycho Streak Super in Alpha 2 Gold has Bison appear on the scene to mow down the opposition with a Psycho Crusher. Juni would later gain this super in Alpha 3.
  • Attack Reflector: Has a new attack in SF5 called the Psycho Reject that gives him the ability to reverse projectiles thrown at him and turn them into balls of Psycho Power.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the leader of an international terrorist organization and is typically implied to be one of the strongest characters in series. He's often been an upper tier character as well.
  • Ax-Crazy: It's very clear that this guy has many screws loose. He's extremely violent and almost always has a Slasher Smile on his face, showing his sadistic tendencies.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: Is quite fond of this too. Whether it be teleporting, dodging attacks, or simply taunting his would-be opponents, Bison has a habit of doing this often. And as of V, it's also become his idle stance.
  • Badass Cape: He actually wears it in Alpha. Otherwise...
  • Badass in Charge: He's the leader of Shadaloo and one of the most powerful members of the cast.
  • Badass Longcoat: Seems to have traded in his standard military jacket and cape for a trenchcoat (more in line with a German army officer's winter coat, circa World War II) for his Street Fighter V outfit.
  • Bad Boss: Inverted; most of his employees are very loyal to him, outright plotting against Seth's takeover of Shadaloo in the wake of Bison supposedly being Killed Off for Real. Also, according to official sources Shadaloo has very comfortable provisions, so Bison probably isn't a bad boss at all, as long as you never question him and follow his orders to the letter.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Most of his endings, though non-canon, have him destroying or conquering the world. However, a few of his endings are canon.
    • His ending in Alpha 2 has him successfully capture, torture, and prepare Ryu to be his new host body, which Alpha 3 follows up on.
    • In Rose's ending in IV, Bison ambushes her and reclaims...something (implied to be a significant portion of his Psycho Power) that he accidentally left within her after possessing her post-Alpha. It leaves her in a coma.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: The Psycho Power is pure negative energy that only truly works once you have purged yourself of all goodness. And Bison has done just that.
  • Better Living Through Evil: Shadaloo has a lot to offer anyone who decides to join, from money to political power to settling personal grudges to indulging perverse or sadistic pleasures. Bison doesn't care what motivates someone to do their job, just so long as they do it.
  • Big Bad: Of almost the whole series. The exception is Street Fighter III and Street Fighter IV, where he takes a backseat to Gill and Seth respectively.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: With Akuma for the Majority of the franchise.
  • Big "NO!": With English voices on, this is the result when he loses in IV.
  • Big "WHAT?!": The result of using the Japanese voice in IV, courtesy of Norio Wakamoto.
  • Big Red Devil: His oh-so-fitting Halloween DLC costume in V.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: His squad of "Dolls." And Ryu, in Alpha 3.
  • Bishōnen: His slim, less powerful SF2 body according to some concept art.
  • Breakout Villain: He was defeated during his debut appearance and killed by Akuma in Turbo, but later returns. He overshadows fellow villains Sagat, Gill, and Seth in playable appearances, and is often considered to be the main antagonist of the series.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Raul Julia's Bison is the legendary Trope Namer. SF×T gave it the Ascended Meme treatment as his taunt.
    Bison: For you, the day Bison graced your village was the most important day of your life. But for me, it was Tuesday.
  • The Cameo: Among the many Street Fighter characters to appear in Wreck-It Ralph, present at the Bad-Anon meeting along with Zangief. In fact, it is he who introduces the concept of "Going Turbo", which becomes vitally important to the movie's plot.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Shadaloo is bad, but he's even worse. Bison has no compunction about sharing that with anyone. His character titles say things such as Ruler of Darkness, The Demon from Hell, and Emperor of Evil. His story mode in V calls him the "Bringer of Destruction". Though in his case, it's justified as his Psycho Power is pure negative energy that only works when one purges themselves of all positive traits. In other words, in order to use his powers, Bison can't be anything other than a villain, but he jumps into it headlong willingly and is not the least bit tragic about it.
    Bison: You know, Colonel, Evil is a good career choice. It has a lot to offer.
  • Casting a Shadow: His Psycho Power is normally portrayed as a mass of dark purple flames.
  • Cloning Blues: Has a stable of clones, just in case someone manages to kill him.
  • Commissar Cap: Wears a Nazi-style cap that almost never falls off, no matter what attack you hit him with. The only time it actually comes off is when he removes it briefly for a taunt. When finally killed by Ryu in V, the hat is all that's left of him.
  • Composite Character: His later appearances don't try to differentiate between his Street Fighter II and Alpha incarnations. The former was his new body after his "death" in Alpha, with a slender and more average build and weaker in-story; the latter was where Bison was at the prime of his powers (but at risk of dying because of it) with a more muscular build. Nowadays Bison remains as muscular as ever, with a quick Hand Wave in IV stating that the new body is more powerful than his II incarnation, but grossly inferior to his Alpha form.
  • Continuity Snarl:
    • In his SF4 arcade intro, a Shadaloo scientist tells Bison that his new body will be able to hold all of his Psycho Power, which has been previously been established as utterly impossible, even with the Psycho Drive, without an incredibly powerful host. It should be noted that Alpha 3 Bison wasn't even close to Bison's full potential, and it took Ken, Ryu, Sakura, Sagat, and a massive Metsu Shoryuken to force him to retreat.
    • This was later handwaved away with an official statement that his new body, while immensely more powerful then his SF2 incarnation, is also hugely inferior to his Alpha host.
  • Cop Killer: Chun Li's father, whom he killed, was an Interpol agent. He also killed Juri's father, who was a fearsome prosecutor of Shadaloo.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: His portrayal in The Legend Of Chun-Li, where he plans to take over a slum area in Bangkok to turn it into a prime real estate; he also happens to be a Badass in a Nice Suit during his battles.
  • Crazy-Prepared:
    "I will be reborn no matter how many bodies it takes! Bison is eternal!"
  • Critical Existence Failure: One punch from Ryu filled with his as-of-yet unnamed new power which may be the Power of Nothingness, and Bison's body, filled with pure evil energy, cracks and dissolves away.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Depending on his mood. Such as in The Animated Movie.
      Guile: Bison! I'm gonna rip your lousy heart out, you filthy bastard!
      Bison: (laughs) Afraid I don't have one.
    • And there's his interaction with Rose in Alpha 2.
      Rose: I'll give you until the count of three.
      Bison: 1... 2... 2 1/2... 2 3/4...
  • Dead Hat Shot: After he meets his demise at the hands of Ryu in Street Fighter V all that remains of him is his hat.
  • Death by Irony: Despite ruining the lives of so many characters and making quite a few enemies in his long villainous career, in the end, the Dictator is ultimately slain by Ryu, who not only had the least personal vendetta against him, but who Bison once sought to use as a potential vessel for his soul.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: The leader of a powerful worldwide criminal organization, with more than enough intelligence to run it.
  • Die Laughing: His reaction to his demise in Street Fighter V. Even as his body begins cracking and is about to explode, all he can do is laugh.
  • Dark Is Evil: He’s the most well known user of Psycho Power, a force often described as the dark side of the soul. Bison also gets stronger feeding off the anger and hatred of others.
  • The Dreaded: The amount of known characters who don't hate or fear him can probably be counted on one hand. Put it this way: When S.I.N. hears of his return, the stoic and arrogant Seth and his subordinates are immediately put into a cold sweat.
  • Dub Name Change:
    • Vega in Japan, M. Bison elsewhere.
    • The Final Psycho Crusher was originally named the Psycho Drive Crusher in Japanese editions of Alpha 3. Later games make it even worse by calling it the Ultimate Psycho Crusher or Psycho Break Smasher.
  • Emotion Eater: V reveals that his Psycho Power, being pure negative energy, feeds on negative emotions to grow stronger. This is the crux of his Evil Plan in V where he plans to activate the Black Moons, Psycho Power-fueled EMP devices that can shut down electronics and instill negative emotions in others, allowing his Psycho Power to become stronger.
  • Energy Ball: His Psycho Cannon in Alpha. Also, his Psycho Blast in V.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Bison doesn't turn down potential minions and hires men and women from all over the world in the pursuit of evil. In fact, he's not above taking out any stops to gain allies, recruits or minions by any means necessary. He offers great pay or personal luxuries and vices, makes political allies from bribery or elimination of mutual enemies, promises scientists a spectacular playground free of moral constraints or red tape, and virtually any other means that are feasible. And if none of that works, he's not above forcing you to work for him by taking you or your loved ones hostage, using blackmail, or going with plain old Mind Control, either. In fact, it's safe to say that if Bison wants you to work for Shadaloo, it's harder not to end up doing so one way or another. Referenced and mocked in the live action movie, where Anti-Shadaloo propaganda videos depicted the diverse members of Bison's army as insulting national stereotypes.
  • Eternally Pearly-White Teeth: It's easier to notice with how much evil grinning he indulges in.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He may be referred to as "Dictator," due to the differences in names between Japan and everywhere else in the world.
  • Evil Counterpart: Rose in Street Fighter Alpha uses Soul Power, the good version of Psycho Power. They frequently clash with their opposing powers.
  • Evil Feels Good: According to Bison it does. It also tastes delicious.
  • Evil Former Friend: Bison used to enjoy friendly (well, as friendly as Bison can get) sparring matches with Sagat.
  • Eviler than Thou: To Seth in his ending in Street Fighter IV.
  • Evil Is Hammy:Pretty much a given. And let's not get started on his movie version...
  • Evil Laugh: M. Bison's sinister laugh has become legendary among many fighting game fans.
  • Evil Old Folks: Bison's body sports graying hair and visible facial lines in SFV, presumably caused by his Psycho Power taking a toll on his host body.
  • Evil Plan: World domination, through a combination of Operation C.H.A.I.N.S to disrupt and destroy global electronics and feeding off negative energy to boost his already considerable Psycho Power.
  • Evolving Attack: A rare in-story example: In SFV, Bison's Psycho Crusher is used as a super and is referred to as the "Ultimate Psycho Crusher", implying that Bison has mastered at least one aspect of his Psycho Power.
  • Expy: Bison's whole design is lifted straight from Washizaki from Riki-Oh, right down to the cloak he wears when entering battle (and Washizaki was in turn a point-for-point Expy of Yasunori Kato, the main antagonist of the Teito Monogatari franchise of books, films and anime.) He has since evolved into his own idea, but the two characters remain closely similar
  • Faux Affably Evil: Bison is quite capable of acting like a polite and refined gentleman towards everyone he meets, ally and enemy alike, he compliments his opponent's skill in battle if they put up a good fight, and he goes to great lengths to get others to join Shadaloo, often through bribery. But deep down, he is a remorseless, sadistic and dangerously unhinged psychopath who is the direct cause of all the misery that happens in the series and derives a sick pleasure in carrying out his nefarious schemes and monstrous actions.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Sometimes, when M. Bison is grinning, his canine teeth look a bit like tiny fangs.
  • Fiction 500: While the exact details on what Shadaloo owns tends not get a lot focus, Bison is shown to have a stealth bomber as his own personal jet.
  • Final Boss: Of II and V.
  • First Law of Resurrection: His end was supposed to come after Street Fighter II when Akuma sent his soul to hell, though this was retconned away by Street Fighter IV.
  • Flash Step: In V he can vanish in a wisp of Psycho energy and then reappear a short distance forward and even move behind his opponent while doing it.
  • Flung Clothing: He tosses his cape away during his entrance in II.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's very powerful, and he's also a diabolical mastermind who's made several attempts at world domination to expand his power.
  • Genre Motif: Bison's later appearances have been accompanied by Techno remixes of his original theme. Even more present in Street Fighter V, in which almost the entire theme is techno.
  • A God Am I: Will at times refer to himself as a god. And really, are you gonna argue with the man who can blow a person's face up with a single touch?
    Bison: You come here prepared to fight a madman, and instead, you found a god.
  • Got the Whole World in My Hand:
    • The Lair of the Four Kings has statues of him, Balrog, Vega, and F.A.N.G in the background. The statue of Bison in particular is holding a globe in its hand.
    • Also, his win quote against Elena in Ultra IV:
    "The world rests in the palm of my hand. I've no time for trifling young girls."
  • Graceful Loser: As he dies in V, he accepts his defeat with one last Evil Laugh before his body explodes and his essence is extinguished.
  • Grand Theft Me: Pulls this on Rose to ensure his survival post-Alpha until a suitable replacement body was made. He also planned on using Ryu as his host in Alpha, had Cammy manufactured as a backup body, and sees some value in Juri (according to their Rival Battle).
  • Greater-Scope Villain: In a sense, he is the moving force behind almost everything in the story from the time of Alpha up until some unspecified point before III. Even in IV, where he takes a backseat to Seth (a rebellious creation of Shadaloo and one of Bison's backup bodies, no less), Bison frequently alludes to the fact that he's still pulling Seth's strings; Seth just doesn't know it yet.
  • Hero Killer: Bison killed Chun-Li's father Dorai and is also responsible for the mortal wounding and mutilation of Charlie.
  • Home Stage: He has the "Temple Hideout" in II, "Shadaloo Base" and the "Lair of the Four Kings" in V, and to a lesser extent "Volcanic Rim" in IV.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: His Psycho Punisher ultra, where he impales you with his fist.
  • Invincible Villain: Especially in the Alpha series. No matter what the heroes do, Bison's Psycho Drive will always resurrect him. Charlie's endings in particular are meant to portray how much control Shadaloo has behind the scenes and how resilient Bison is. And even when Charlie and Guile destroy his Psycho Drive in Guile's ending in Alpha 3, at best it's a Pyrrhic Victory as it ends with Charlie mortally wounded and mutilated while Bison survives to terrorize the world. And then Charlie's story mode in V retcons this by making his Alpha 2 ending his canon death.
  • Jerkass: If he has some action involving another character's life, it always involves him doing something evil like murdering somebody close to them, or something else evil that messed with their lives.
  • Join or Die: The only two choices with him: Pledge your loyalty to Shadaloo or die. And usually he's the one making the choice and striving to enforce it at all costs.
    Anyone who opposes me will be destroyed!
  • Joker Immunity: Bison is extremely hard to kill and always comes back no matter what happens to him. Justified in-plot by his ability to exit his own body when it dies, and affix his soul to a new one. He's got a handy stable of clones which he keeps around for this purpose, pretty much ensuring he'll always come back. Even after being completely obliterated by the Power of Nothingness in V he's still alive as a vengeful spirit.
  • Killed Off for Real: After being kept alive for 3 games straight chronologically and 20+ years in real life, he finally dies at the hands of Ryu, who uses a Power of Nothingness-infused Hadoken to completely nullify his Psycho Power. Because Bison is Made of Evil, and the Power of Nothingness seemingly can nullify evil energy, his body cracks apart and explodes in a blaze of glory as he bitterly and maniacally laughs. It's then subverted as he still lives on as Phantom Bison, biding his time until he can possess a new host.
  • Kneel Before Zod:
    • His Psycho Punisher Ultra.
      Bison: Kneel before my Psycho Power!
    • And in Street Fighter V;
      "Bow down before my Psycho Power!"
  • Knight of Cerebus: Whether it's the comics, film, cartoon, or the games themselves, the consistent thing about Bison is that he is a deadly threat and anytime he shows up, things get very serious.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: When Street Fighter III was released interviews stated that Bison realized the threat the Illuminati posed to Shadaloo and that Gill had been exercising limited control over Shadaloo's doings for some time. In response to this, Bison takes Shadaloo off the radar, apparently fooling both Chun-Li and the Illuminati in the process, if one of Urien's dialogues with Chun-Li is to be believed.

  • Large Ham: While his game counterpart is no slouch, his first film incarnation is particularly this. Raul Julia's performance as Bison is practically legendary.
    Bison: For I beheld Satan and he fell from heaven... Like LIGHTNING!
  • Light Is Not Good: His "true" form in Street Fighter EX2. Up to eleven in Street Fighter EX3 with Shin Bison. White uniform, turquoise shoulder pads/shin guards and purple skin.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Bison deals heavy damage, can propel himself across the air and ground, and always has between average and above-average health. Street Fighter V's stat chart specifically lists him as high or average in every category: Power, Health, Mobility, Technique and Range.
  • Made of Evil: Considering that he purged himself of all of his good qualities (which went on to become Rose) to master his Psycho Power (which can be described as the literal interpretation of the trope; nothing but concentrated negative energy), he'd technically qualify for this. This ends up coming back to bite him at the end of V's Cinematic Story Mode, where he takes a Hadoken from Ryu, who is empowered by the State of Nothingness. Because the State of Nothingness nullifies evil energy, Bison, whose very being is fueled by Psycho Power, fades away into oblivion.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: When Bison's body begins to fall apart due to Ryu attacking him with a Hadouken infused with the Power of Nothingness, his reaction is just to scoff. When his entire body begins breaking apart, he starts laughing.
  • Megaton Punch: He pulls out a psycho-imbued one as his second Ultra in SSFIV, the Psycho Punisher.
  • Mind over Matter: His Psycho Power gives him powerful telekinesis, first shown in The Animated Movie. Shown again in V with his "Psycho Impact" throw, where he telekinetically spins his opponent in midair before firing a blast of Psycho Power into their chest and knocking them away.
  • Mighty Glacier: Played with. In V, M. Bison has very high strength, but his walk speed is one of the slowest. However, his traditional dash is replaced with a teleport, meaning he can close the gap remarkably faster than most characters if he so chooses.
  • Mind-Control Device: Although other devices are the primary cause of the victims brainwashing in the Street Fighter II V series and the animated movie—Ryu, Chun-Li, and Ken respectively) in each case Bison also seems to help brainwash them with his Psycho Power which most likely is the cause of the victims getting the rarer Mind-Control Eyes trope where the sclera (the white part of the eye) changes color—in this case pink to possibly emphasize the Psycho Power.
  • Monochromatic Eyes: From Super Street Fighter II onward, his eyes are a pupilless white.
  • Mysterious Past: Nobody knows where the Dictator is from originally. Thailand, Cambodia and Ireland have all been suggested by fans of the franchise as possibilities, based on the Dictator's physical characteristics, but his true birthplace has yet to be confirmed by Capcom themselves. Overlaps with Ambiguously Brown.
  • Narcissist: Has a very high opinion of himself, to say the least.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: He's a megalomaniac dictator who dresses in a red Nazi-like uniform and wants to conquer the world. It's also worth noting that, barring Seth, the characters meant to be potential host bodies for him (Cammy, Abel, Ed, and Falke, with F.A.N.G also showing interest in Alex as a potential host) all have blonde hair and blue eyes.
  • No Body Left Behind: After he meets his demise in Street Fighter V all that remains is his hat.
  • No Brows: He has no eyebrows.
  • Not Quite Dead: Came back to life three times:
    • Ryu destroyed his body after being freed from his mind control (Alpha 3), but his Psycho Drive regenerated him.
    • Charlie killed him again and destroyed the Psycho Drive (ALSO Alpha 3). (Not canon, as revealed in V.)
    • When he was revived in a weaker body and organized the World Warrior tournament, Bison (according to The Ties That Bind) killed himself to prevent his capture by the heroes (or to escape Akuma's Shun Goku Satsu, the sources are unclear). As shown by IV, he's back again.
    • In a Q&A session about SF3, Capcom has stated that, by the time of SF3, both Bison and Shadaloo are still alive and operating, although, given Urien´s quotes against Chun-Li, he is keeping a low profile.
    • And it appears he may have even survived his apparent death in V. If CFN profiles are to be believed, Bison has become a ghost known as "Phantom Bison".
  • Obviously Evil: Wears a blood-red military uniform reminiscent of the Waffen-SS, has pupil-less eyes, and controls an energy that's essentially the very essence of pure negativity itself. Also shows up to some fights ominously draped in a cape and the insignia for his enterprise is a skull with wings.
  • Our Founder: F.A.N.G.'s stage in V, the Lair of the Four Kings, has statues of himself, Balrog, Vega, and Bison in the background, with the Dictator himself holding a globe in the palm of his hand.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Bison's body may have been destroyed by Ryu, but he was reborn as "Phantom Bison", which is Bison's essence manifested into a ghostly form made out of Psycho Power.
  • Parts Unknown: Like the other Final Bosses in the series (Gill and Seth) and unlike all of the other world warriors, his country of origin is never specified.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Bison is almost never seen without a signature Slasher Smile across his face, wide enough to show all of his teeth. In fact, it's so omnipresent that it's become a long-standing meme, symbolic of the character himself.
  • Power Floats: Ever since the Alpha series, he's had the ability to fly. It's implied in II as well, where his jump is very floaty and he doesn't bend at the knees before or after, giving the impression that he's actually levitating.
  • Power Glows: His Psycho Power always emits a dark purple glow.
  • Power Limiter: His own body. Even with the Psycho Drive, his Alpha-incarnation body (the strongest host Bison has ever held) can barely withstand even a portion of his full Psycho Power. Past Alpha his hosts are even weaker and without the Psycho Drive, he is only able to manifest a tiny fraction of his Psycho Power without destroying his body. To counter this, he seeks to either synthesize an incredibly powerful host or possess somebody with great potential, such as Ryu.
  • Precision F-Strike: Says "I don't give a shit" to Dr. Senoh in regards to Interpol's interrogation of Cammy in The Animated Movie. In the games themselves, he keeps things mostly tame, with one exception in V - if he wins against Gill.
    "I have zero interest in what your plans are, but just the sight of you pisses me off."
  • Psychic Powers: Psycho Power, thank you very much. He can do anything from teleporting, deflecting energy blasts, levitation, and separating his body and soul.
  • Purple Is Powerful: His Psycho Power is purple and grants him a variety of powers that eclipses most of the cast.
  • Purple Is the New Black: His Psycho Power is often portrayed as dark purple flames.
  • Putting on the Reich: Pretty much dresses exactly like a Waffen-SS apart from his outfit being red. Not unfitting for a dictator.
  • Rapid Aging: As of V. His hair has gone gray due to premature aging as a result of his Psycho Power taking a toll on his body.
  • Resurrective Immortality: Via an odd form of Body Surf; Bison's Psycho Power allows him to shrug off death as a temporary inconvenience by possessing either weak willed individuals (such as the Dolls) or bodies expressly made for this purpose (such as countless clone bodies Bison has had made of himself). Even having his Psycho Power drained by Charlie before being disintegrated by Ryu only results in him being reduced to an incorporeal form.
  • Secret A.I. Moves: In Alpha 3, M. Bison has access to an entire ISM that only bosses can use. It's generally referred to as the S-Ism and shares the single stock property of X Ism, and the Psycho Cannon of A and V-Ism. It also grants him access to the most damaging move in all of Street Fighter, the Final Psycho Crusher note  Also, unlike every other normal character, he can airblock in this pseudo X-Ism and has another high damage super, the Double Kneepress Nightmare. You can access his S-ISM in the console ports by selecting M. Bison with the select button. It's exactly as broken as you imagine.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: While Bison is far from being particularly sophisticated or polite, exclaiming that Gill "really pisses him off" in a win quote in V is quite jarring.
  • Self-Made Orphan:
    • To quote the American cartoon:
      "Yes, yes, I killed your father. What is it with you women anyway? I killed my father too, and you don't hear me whining about it."
    • Turned into an Ascended Meme via his win quote against Chun-Li in Street Fighter X Tekken.
    • The context of the quote: First Cammy, then Chun-Li, both gave him the You Killed My Father speech while charging in to fight him at one point. He says the quote following Chun-Li's call-out. Likewise, in SF×T, which uses a tag team format, Cammy and Chun-Li are each other's regular partners, making the meme's ascension even more fitting.
  • Shipper on Deck: A dark variation in The Animated Movie when he orders Vega to kill Chun-Li.
    Bison: Speaking of interesting, what do you think of this little number Vega? Why don't you go have some fun with Miss Li? I'm sure you can conjure something in that dark imagination of yours.
  • Shirtless Scene: He has a battle-damaged costume in IV which gives him slightly torn pants and shredded shirts.
  • Signature Move: Psycho Crusher. Even if its not a main special move, he'll usually have a super or two that utilizes it.
  • Slasher Smile: His default expression.
  • Slide Attack: His crouching heavy kick. It goes quite a bit farther than most examples.
  • Smug Super: The man fancies himself a god and has all the power to prove it.
  • SNK Boss:
    • S-ISM M. Bison in Alpha 3 has a screen-filling Psycho Crusher that did the most block damage out of any move in the entire game, could not be air blocked, and if you were unlucky enough to be caught by it, took away roughly 60-70% of your lifebar. And the A.I tends to activate the move during the first frame of animation for your character's attack. Oh, and the attack freezes your character until it actually hits. And you only get one shot at him; if you lose, his ending plays and the game ends right then and there.
    • Bison II in EX2 has an infinite super bar, a souped-up Psycho Cannon super that involves him and his double trapping you between two beams of Psycho Power (which can be charged up to twice its normal size), and a version of the Knee Press Nightmare lifted from the MvC series where he attacks you alongside two illusions of himself.
    • Bison II in EX3 is a much milder version of this trope, but would still probably make those who fear regular Bison tremble. To boot, while he's easier to reach here, he's still more aggressive than regular Bison, makes frequent use of his teleports, starts the fight with full meter, and retains his Psycho Cannon variants (although he can no longer charge them to double size).
    • True Bison in EX3 is much worse than Bison II's EX2 incarnation. Hard to get to his fight, and he'll Double Psycho Cannon the crap outta you before he pulls the Mega Psycho Crusher or Triple Knee Press Nightmare. He can easily take out 2-3 characters in one go.
    • Shin Bison in SFV: Arcade Edition puts all of his other boss versions of Bison ever created to shame. Fought in a special Extra Battle mission, this version of Bison has a special CPU-only V-Trigger that is permanently active and completely changes his moveset and makes it ridiculously broken. He now has the Psycho Crusher, normally only available during his V-Trigger 2, as a regular move, can cancel and link normals that he normally cannot into specials and even his super, he gets the EX version of his Psycho Blast as a regular move, and he also gains the ability to teleport dash through you which is normally only available during V-Trigger 1. Couple this with an extremely aggressive AI that's even harder than Shin Akuma, and you're going to be losing a lot of Fight Money.
  • The Social Darwinist: Only the strongest warriors are permitted to join Shadaloo, according to flashbacks involving him and F.A.N.G.
    Winquote against F.A.N.G: Death to the weak. That's the creed of Shadaloo.
  • The Sociopath: Has all the traits: Arrogant, manipulative, sadistic, devoid of empathy, and willing to do whatever it takes to succeed even at the expense of others. Again, justified as his Psycho Power requires he purge himself of all of his positive traits.
  • Spin Attack: Bison spins while using the Psycho Crusher. Taken up a notch during the Perfect Psycho Crusher.
  • Story-Breaker Power:
    • Psycho Power. The Animated Movie first showcased just how ungodly strong it makes Bison, and then the games made it canon. If he decides to go all out, he becomes a Physical God that can slaughter everyone and everything on the planet as though he were swatting flies. S-ISM M. Bison from the Alpha series is nowhere close to his full potential, just the maximum amount of Psycho Power his body can hold, and with just that he's able to hold his own against Ryu, Ken, Sakura, and Sagat at the same time. Literally the only downside to Psycho Power is that it requires a strong-enough host to fully wield it, and will deteriorate its user's body rapidly over time, eventually destroying them if they cannot withstand its full extent.
    • V takes this even further by revealing that Psycho Power grows stronger by feeding on negative emotions. This is the crux of his Evil Plan in V where he plans to activate the Black Moons, Psycho Power-fueled EMP devices that can shut down electronics and instill negative emotions in others, allowing his Psycho Power to become stronger. By the time the cast faces him for the final battle, his Psycho Power has grown to a level that they can't touch. Charlie has to literally sacrifice himself to give Ryu a fighting chance against him.
  • Suddenly Ethnicity: Happens every time Bison body surfs. There is also exactly zero evidence of his original ethnicity.
  • Super Mode: M. Bison's S-ISM mode from Alpha 3. This is Bison harnessing as much of his Psycho Power as possible. On one hand, it powers him up to an incredible degree.note  As a downside, it causes his host body to begin to deteriorate slowly. Counter to what one may think, This version of Bison is nowhere near Bison's full power, just the maximum of what his host can withstand.
  • Super Special Move: "Ultimate Psycho Crusher", which has enough power to plant his opponent in a wall.
  • Superpower Lottery: His Psycho Power gives him a variety of abilities such as Deflector Shields, Flight, telekinesis, teleportation, energy blasts, Mind Control, and can grow stronger by feeding off negative emotions. If it wasn't for the fact that prolonged use takes a massive toll on his body, thus preventing him from using its full extent, he'd be nigh unstoppable.
  • Surpassed the Teacher: And apparently killed him (and most of his fellow students) as well, to make sure he was the only person in the world who could use Psycho Power.
  • Take Over the World: Bison's ultimate goal is to take over the world and herald it into the "Pax Bisonica", in which every nation and people will be united in peace...under his dictatorial, eternal hand.
    OF COURSE!!!
  • Tarot Motifs: Bison represents Judgment in the 30th Anniversary Tarot Deck. Judgement represents Armageddon, and Bison's actions always leave destruction and suffering in his wake.
  • Teleport Spam: His Boss incarnation in the Alpha and EX series is prone to do this. In V, his basic dash becomes a teleport when using his first V-Trigger.
  • Thinking Up Portals: He can use his Psycho Power to open portals and appear wherever he wants. Shown mostly in cutscenes.
  • Third-Person Person: Winquotes only.
  • This Cannot Be!: Any ending in Alpha 3 where he dies, which is virtually all of them.
  • Through His Stomach: Birdie's SFI route arcade ending in V shows Shadaloo has free gourmet food for all its employees, which keeps him nice and happy through Shadaloo's brutal training regimes.
  • The Unfettered: Bison will conquer the world, no matter who or what he has to destroy to do it.
  • Verbal Tic: In Japanese only. He has a tendency to use English words that aren't commonly used in Japanese, even as loan words. "Body," "fifteen," etc.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Street Fighter may be more kid-friendly and humorous than the likes of other games like Killer Instinct, Mortal Kombat, and Tekken, but Bison is a much more atrocious monster than any of their villains. Though he has more comedic moments, it does nothing to hide the pure hate he is made of.
  • Villain Ball: In Charlie's Alpha 2 ending, after the latter is shot by the corrupt Air Force, one of them suggests they send a search team for the body. Bison declines, confident Charlie couldn't have survived. Lo and behold, Charlie returns in Street Fighter V, ready to finish Bison once and for all. Surprisingly justified due to the fact that, while he isn't entirely stupid, Bison is both Made of Evil and so ungodly powerful that he practically cannot be stopped. He's a Smug Super and revels in it. Bison was not wrong, however; Charlie did die in that ending. The only reason he's around in V is because he was revived.
  • Villains Never Lie: One of Bison's character traits is that he doesn't lie, ever—unless you count Cammy's ending in Super Street Fighter II, which was actually changed by the localization of the game. Said localization error was fixed with the release of HD Remix, which has revised endings based on better translations of the original Japanese script.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Capcom has mentioned that there are two other students of Psycho Power that Bison failed to kill. So far, they have had no bearing on the plot, and nothing else is known about them besides their existence.
  • Worthy Opponent: Charlie was the first and so far only hero to earn Bison's respect by opposing him. Everybody else is simply an obstacle in his path or a weakling to be ridiculed.
  • Would Hit a Girl: In Rose's case "Would clean blow a hole through a girl's sternum with a Psycho Power blast" would be more appropriate.
  • You Fool!: Very fond of this phrase. It appears in half of his win quotes in Street Fighter IV.
  • You Will Be Spared: Bison is more than willing to offer mercy to those who oppose him, so long as they swear eternal fealty to Shadaloo.