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These Street Fighter comic books are provided by the U.S. / Canada writer / artist collective UDON. This is the second time the series has been adapted into comic book form, with the first being the three issue run by Malibu Comics.

Started in 2005, the book mostly chronicles Ryu and his path of a true fighter, plus Guile and Chun-Li's operation to bring down Shadaloo and its head, M. Bison. The story cuts to other fighters along the way who either interact directly with Ryu, get caught up in the military investigation, or are working for or have gained the ire of Shadaloo. The series was originally published by Image before moving to Devil's Due Publishing, but eventually UDON started self-publishing the whole thing.

Here the rundown of the series:

Main Series

  • Street Fighter: Based on Street Fighter Alpha. Chronicles Ryu's travels with his pupil Sakura, Guile and Chun-Li's efforts to track down M. Bison, and Cammy's defection from Shadaloo. 15 issues.
  • Street Fighter II: Follows the first half of the original game as Ryu goes to search for Akuma. 7 issues.
  • Street Fighter II: Turbo: The later half which features the tournament held by M. Bison. Closes out the "II" series. 13 issues.
  • Street Fighter IV: A mini series that doesn't fully follow the game; it features a story in which SIN kidnaps several Street Fighters for experimentation. Crimson Viper, Abel, and Seth are the central focus of this story arc with some glances at other characters of the game. Also includes a sneak preview of Juri from Super Street Fighter IV. 4 issues, plus a limited-edition #0 tie-in.
  • Super Street Fighter: Two volume series that follows Street Fighter III; Gill and the Illuminati make their move, Alex is introduced and Ryu is captured.
  • Street Fighter Unlimited: Continues on from Super Street Fighter as Gill's influence grows, Guile and Cammy find themselves trying to dig up dirt on the Illuminati after Chun-Li goes missing, and Ryu struggles with his inner demons after experiencing the Dark Hadou from the previous incident. 13 Issues.
  • Street Fighter vs. Darkstalkers: An eight-issue crossover with the Darkstalkers series.
  • Ultra Street Fighter II: A 2018 Free Comic Book Day one-shot following up from Street Fighter vs Darkstalkers, as Ken tries to rein in his newfound violent side.
  • Street Fighter 6: Days of the Eclipse: A prequel mini-series that focuses on the events that led to Ken's public fall from grace.
  • Street Fighter 6: Evolution Special: A special one-shot comic given away at Evo 2023, which features new character A.K.I.'s first in-canon appearance.
  • Street Fighter vs. Final Fight: A one-shot focused on Cody's encounters with the Street Fighter characters, covering events from the first Final Fight all the way to Street Fighter 6.

At the end of most of the issues (mostly those in Turbo) are short stories involving characters from Street Fighter III and Final Fight.

Legends / Origins series

Comics that focus on one specific character.

  • Street Fighter Legends: Sakura: Focus on Sakura and her exploits. The first two issues follow her as she trains and help R. Mika against Zangief. The last few find her against her rival Karin, who goes to almost ridiculous lengths to try and beat Sakura. Features characters from Rival Schools.
  • Street Fighter Legends: Chun-Li: Centers on Chun-Li and her early days in the police academy. Features Dan and his father Go and their encounter with Sagat.
  • Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki: Starring Ibuki from Street Fighter III as she tries to live a double life as a ninja of her clan and a regular high school girl. Also features Makoto and Elena from the same game.
  • Street Fighter Origins: Akuma: Showcases Akuma's (and Gouken's) past, his rise on being a fighter and ultimately, his Start of Darkness.
  • Street Fighter V: The Life and Death(s) of Charlie Nash: UDON's first Street Fighter V-related piece of material, chronicles the circumstances of Charlie's revival after the first series and the Illuminati's influence over said event.
  • Street Fighter Legends: Cammy: The series returned back to its Legends moniker by focusing on Cammy as she tries to help free the other Dolls still in Bison's servitude, the events of which eventually lead to the "Shadow Fall" story of Street Fighter V.
  • Street Fighter Origins: Sagat: A miniseries detailing the rise and fall of Sagat.
  • Street Fighter Omega: A 2023 one-shot collecting a slew of new covers depicting various battles and team-ups from across the history of the franchise.
  • Street Fighter Masters: A series of one-shots focusing on various characters, usually set between V and 6.
    • Street Fighter Masters: Blanka
    • Street Fighter Masters: Chun-Li
    • Street Fighter Masters: Cammy
    • Street Fighter Masters: Kimberly
    • Street Fighter Masters: Akuma vs. Ryu
    • Street Fighter Masters: Game Gals

In 2016, the series got into a crossover with G.I. Joe where Shadaloo teams up with COBRA to take over the world and of course the heroes of the Street Fighter-verse partner with the Joes to stop them. All of this conveniently taking place within a tournament. IDW Publishing however was in charge of that one and it has no bearing on this series.

As of July 2015, the early main series comics are viewable for free online, hosted by Hiveworks.

Street Fighter provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Juri's. Or at least her mother. Her dad is genuinely distraught after Juri is shot in the face, and can be seen screaming in anguish before she loses consciousness.
  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • Lots. For example, Sakura's lack of appearances between Street Fighter Alpha 3 and Street Fighter IV are shown to be because she's in high school. Although AFTER she graduates, it's outright stated she's Ryu's student full time. It takes Bison (really Twelve doing X.C.O.P.Y.) and Urien tag teaming her and Ryu to change the situation for the worse...
    • Likewise, the comics also explain why so many of the new characters introduced in the Street Fighter Alpha series (Prequels to Street Fighter II) weren't in the original Street Fighter II games. It turns out that a number of Alpha characters like Rainbow Mika and Rolento tried out for the tournament, but were all eliminated in the preliminary qualifying matches.
    • The comic also pays a lot of attention to somewhat lesser known characters from Street Fighter III like Makoto, Ibuki, and Elena.
  • Afro Ass Kicker: One of the people Crimson Viper kidnaps for S.I.N. is a female martial artist with a huge afro. We never see her in action, but she's apparently a skilled enough fighter that she ended up on S.I.N.'s radar.
  • Alliterative Name: Besides Cammy White and Keith Wolfman, everyone in Delta Red. Lita Luwanda, Matthew McCoy, and George Ginzu.
  • All-Loving Hero: Elena tries to befriend everyone, including Makoto, who is visibly hostile towards her. She does the same with Necro and Effie who likewise initially spurn her greeting.
    Elena: My motto is to assume everyone's my friend unless they prove otherwise.
  • Always Female: All main characters featured in Legends have been female and focus more on their personality than comics featuring males.
  • Always Male: On the flipside, all main characters featured in Origins have been male and focus more on their backstory than comics feturing females. So far, Akuma has been in the limelight for his Origins comic, with Sagat's still in the works.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Plenty, but Akuma takes the cake. He's as obsessed with Ryu as always but he rarely shows any of the respect which he does to other fighters in the series.
  • The Atoner: Cammy to Chun-Li in this version after she's freed from Bison's control. It was she who (supposedly) murdered her father.
  • Ax-Crazy: Vega who gains the largest body count of a single character in the series, including Gen.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: In Street Fighter Legends: Cammy, M. Bison is resurrected by FANG. Cammy still counts it a win because she rescued most of the Dolls but we know they'll fall back under Bison's control in Street Fighter V.
  • Badass in Distress: Street Fighter Unlimited #1 ends with Vega revealing a Bound and Gagged Chun-Li. A flashback in issue #3 reveals that she got captured while trying to infiltrate the Spanish branch of Shadaloo.
  • Balance Between Good and Evil: Ryu finally manages to master the Haidou power not by giving into its evil nature or suppressing it. Rather experiencing both sides and learning to control both light and dark powers within himself.
  • Beach Episode: Street Fighter Unlimited #6 has Ryu and Gouken visiting a beach in Brazil, with Ryu getting annoyed at his master being Distracted by the Sexy by the bikini clad ladies.
  • Big Bad:
    • M. Bison and Akuma are the primary enemies of the series until Street Fighter: Turbo where they actually become each other's opponents. Akuma kills M. Bison in the comic continuity, necessitating the latter's resurrection in Street Fighter Legends: Cammy.
    • Gill takes over as the main villain in Street Fighter: Unlimited where the Secret Society becomes a threat which apparently even M. Bison serves willingly. This turns out to be an imposter.
  • Big Eater: Ryu, much to Sakura's surprise. Then again, he is training constantly.
    Ryu: A true martial artist approaches their meal like they would any other opponent — with focus and determination.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Cammy and Charlie at the start of the series, and Blanka and Dee Jay later on. Ken, E. Honda, and T. Hawk near the end of II Turbo.
  • Break the Cutie: After Ryu is kidnapped, Sakura willingly gives in to the Satsui no Hado just to bring him back. Think about that for a moment.
    • Ibuki herself is a victim of an attempt by the Evil Geki clan, fortunately for her she is able to avert this.
  • Broad Strokes: The comics adapt the basic plot of the various games, but certain events and character introductions are changed or moved to tell a more coherent story.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: In Super, Juri calls out M. Bison, the Trope Namer, for this right before killing him. Unfortunately for her, it's not actually Bison she's killing.
    Juri: 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.
  • Call-Back: In Super Street Fighter Volume 1, the final panel is a remake of the box art for Street Fighter Alpha 2, except Sakura is in Ryu's place and the sky is red, with Sakura seemingly about to make a Deal with the Devil...
  • The Cameo: In issue 9 of the Street Fighter II comic, Dr. Wily makes an appearance.
    • Allen Snider from Street Fighter EX makes a background appearance as one of the spectators in a fight between Ryu and Charlie.
    • Lupin III appears in issue 2 of Turbo II.
    • In Haggar's fight with Zangief, there are many other Saturday Night Slam Masters characters in the audience.
    • Q, Rufus, Demitri and a few others can be seen in the audience if one looks closely.
    • Skullomania from the Street Fighter EX series can briefly be seen watching Sakura meditate in issue #3 of her mini-series.
    • Damnd and some Mad Gear mooks show up and make trouble in a restaurant in New Generation.
    • In New Generation, Shapeshifter Twelve briefly transforms into Mike, Joe, Eagle, and Lee from the original 1987 Street Fighter game, as well as Maki from Final Fight 2.
    • The back-up in issue #11 of Unlimited ends with Gill meeting Jedah in Hell after being killed by Ryu. This sets up the crossover with Darkstalkers.
      • In this same back-up, Firebrand can be seen with the other demons under Jedah's command.
    • Pipimi and Popuko of Pop Team Epic show up in the wrestling stands during the 2017 Free Comic Book Day special, as do Mr. Satan and Videl, while Dianna Soreil and Kihel Heim appear as some of Alex's admirers. Simone, Claire and a few Saturday Night Slam Masters wrestlers also make cameo appearances.
    • Chun-Li's Interpol partner in Days of the Eclipse is Tsujimoto, an Allied Nations member from the 1994 live-action movie. Doubles as a Creator Cameo, since he was played by Capcom CEO Kenzo Tsujimoto in the film.
    • A giant Servbot can be seen outside the circus where Necro and Effie go to hide out.
    • One of the pieces in Street Fighter Omega shows Cammy fighting alongside Simone and Shiva from Cannon Spike.
  • Canon Foreigner: Gibson, Guile's Girl Friday. The Street Fighter Masters: Blanka one shot also sees Blanka wind up in an extended battle against an Amazonian Beauty lumberjack who doesn't exist in the games.
  • Canon Welding: While Street Fighter existing in a shared continuity with Final Fight and Rival Schools was already a thing in the games, the comics take things a step further by establishing that Darkstalkers is also part of the same universe. The Street Fighter & Friends Swimsuit Special features characters from a variety of other Capcom games like Power Stone, Star Gladiator, Cyberbots and Battle Circuit.
  • Captain Ersatz: Fei Long faces off against stand-ins of Iron Monkey, the Drunken Master, the Master of the Flying Guillotine, and other classic kung fu movie characters, while Chun-Li contends with human versions of the Furious Five.
  • Catapult Nightmare: In Street Fighter Unlimited #4, Rya suddenly awakens screaming and sweating after he has a nightmare involving Gouken.
  • Cerebus Retcon: The death of Dan's father in Legends: Chun-Li. Previously, it was treated with as much satire and humor as the rest of Dan's story but we find out, no, Dan's father was a genuinely good man and he was horribly beaten to death by Sagat for essentially no reason. Go did take out Sagat's eye but Sagat started the fight.
  • Character Development:
    • Over the course of the various series, Sagat slowly lets go of his quest for vengeance and finally attains inner peace.
    • Dan lets go of his desire for revenge and becomes devoted to doing good deeds for other people.
    • Sakura is shown several times communicating and taking Busman's Holiday trips with Ryu.
    • Ibuki's comic involves her learning to balance her ninja duties and her personal life despite how hard both could become at the same time.
  • The Chosen One: Alex is revealed to be a descendant of those who used to belong to the Secret Society, went against them and were exiled. As such, he shares their bloodline with Gill and Urien. This allows him to defeat the Twelve robots easily when Guile, Chun-li and Cammy couldn't even dent them when all four fought them. Urien uses him to try to thwart Gill's plan to vaporize the world since his genetic makeup allows him to use the Bleece device without the failsafe (which Gill had installed to keep Urien from using it) and use it against Gill. It nearly works... except Gill takes over Alex's body after Alex destroys his original body.
    • Ibuki was found abandoned as an infant and the Geki's clan expertise deduced she has the potential to become a great ninja with the right training and nurturing. This turns out to be rather true as even before starting secondary training and still being a learning student she is often shown doing things that impresses her elders despite her annoyance of being a ninja.
    • Following an encounter with Balrog while in prison, Cody decides to clean up his act, eventually leading to him succeeding Mike Haggar as the mayor of Metro City.
  • Cliffhanger Cop Out: Unlimited #6 ends with the tournament participants surrounded by Secret Society members, and Gill telling his followers to give the fighters a proper welcome. The next issue immediately begins with it being revealed that he meant that literally. The Society members remove their masks and cordially greet the contestants.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Of course a few of the fighters will play dirty to win battle. One of the more ridiculous examples is Karin from Sakura's legends series. She challenges her to a hot dog eating contest and once she actually has her full, goes to attack her on the spot. It nearly works if not for the Rival Schools cast jumping in for the save.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Zangief and E. Honda face this in the Japanese eliminatory of the tournament, just for Vega's amusement.
  • Crossover:
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Gill vs Evil Ryu and Oni. His power is so grand that he instantly forces the two to revert to normal without a scratch on him.
    • Also M. Bison vs Akuma. Akuma effortlessly one-arm blocks or dodges all of Bison's attacks while commenting how his world domination ambitions are amusing but pathetic. After schooling Bison, Akuma finishes him with his Shin Goku Satsu.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Proving herself to be something of a Badass Bureaucrat, Gibson manages to free herself after being kidnapped by Shadaloo, and then survives diving out of a Helicopter and into the San Francisco Bay.
  • Darker and Edgier: Chun-Li's Legends series. Go Hibiki's death is particularly harsh. This is revisited in Unlimited when Dan finally corners Sagat. An eventually repentant Sagat offers his head, and Dan, clearly tempted, simply walks away with bitter tears, saying the only thing he wants is his father back. For someone who's even more of a Butt-Monkey than he is in the games, the comics play his hang-ups with his father's death tragically straight.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The Legends series covers characters like Sakura, Chun Li, Ibuki, Nash, Akuma, and Cammy.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: It turns out that the seemingly resurrected M. Bison was actually Twelve posing as him.
  • Demonic Possession: After Alex kills Gill, Gill's disembodied spirit takes over Alex's body for the final battle.
  • Dirty Old Man: While training Ryu on the beach, Oro stops to gawk at some beautiful women in bikinis.
    Oro: My dear boy, taking a moment to pause in deep meditative appreciation of the female form in its most nubile, uninhibited beauty is never a waste of time.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Sean to Sakura, except poor Sean is treated as Unwanted Assistance and a Bumbling Sidekick to Ken while Ryu (reluctantly but sincerely) takes her on as an apprentice.
  • Ditto Fighter: Twelve, as in the games. In this case, he seems to be capable of copying moves only if he's seen them before — when he fights Dhalsim, he has the moves of characters from the original Street Fighter, namely Eagle, Joe, Mike, and Lee. After he "loses", he acquires Dhalsim's moves.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Juri does it twice:
    • When Necro and the other Secret Society agents attack Seth, Juri switches sides and deals the knockout blow to Seth. She then offers her services to the Secret Society.
    • When Guile later has M. Bison on the ropes, Juri takes the opportunity to step in and finish off Bison herself. Unfortunately for her, it turns out Bison was actually Twelve.
  • Doomed Hometown: M. Bison nukes Rose's village.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Juri allies herself with M. Bison and his organization, but secretly plans to destroy him in order to avenge her murdered parents.
  • Dream Intro: The Street Fighter Unlimited series opens with Evil Ryu beating Sakura, Ken, and Gouken to death. Then Ryu wakes up to discover this was all just a nightmare he was having while meditating.
  • Embarrassing First Name: One of the gag strips has M. Bison ordering the dolls to silence Cammy so she can't reveal a horrible secret she's discovered about him. Said dark secret is that the "M." apparently stands for "Margaret".
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Despite being a merciless killer throughout much of his life, Gen stops short from killing Chun Li after she witnessed him killing an assassin. The moment serves as Gen's turning point for his character.
    • Crimson Viper is more than willing to assault and capture innocent people while working undercover in S.I.N., but experiences a crisis of conscience after she kidnaps Sakura and realizes that the teenager will be tortured and possibly killed due to her connection with the Satsui no Hado.
  • Evil Feels Good: What Ryu struggles with through most of the Unlimited series, admitting that taking in the Dark Haidou powers within himself and letting it overcome him actually felt good. This scares him however as he knows if he gives into it, he'll be the same as Akuma. Yet can't see any other way to beat him without using it. He gets around it by balancing both sides, allowing him to keep his sense of self.
  • Evil Versus Evil: Akuma fights against M. Bison after suddenly appearing break off his fight with Ryu. Akuma does not care for Bison's plans of world domination and even less about his intent of making Ryu his next brainwashed soldier. All Akuma cares about is awakening Ryu's full potential in order to have the fight he craves, and he will not let Bison interfere.
  • Facepalm Of Doom: Bison holds Charlie this way in the first issue.
  • Flanderization: Dan Hibiki, despite being the original Joke Character, loses every fight he's in and they're not even close. His relationship with Sakura is also hurt as she doesn't seem to have the same level of respect and friendship for her mentor as she does in the games.
  • Frame-Up: In Days of the Eclipse, it turns out that JP's plan is to frame Ken for a terrorist attack in Nayshall.
  • Genki Girl:
    • Elena greets every new day with a squee and joy.
    • Ibuki and Sakura also fill this role to a certain extent.
  • Girly Girl: Ibuki is easily the most girly character featured in Legends.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: The penultimate issue of Unlimited has almost every surviving character show up to help fight Gill.
  • The Heart: Ibuki is this in her own girl-tourage. She is the reason Makoto was able to get along with Elena.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • Sagat becomes a good guy after Bison's defeat.
    • Necro starts off as a bad guy working for Gill, but switches sides after Gill hurts Elena, whom had earlier befriend Necro.
      Necro: I once thought this world and all the people in it could go to Hell, but now I know there are some things-and some people-out there worth saving!
  • Honor Before Reason: A short story in the 2014 Free Comic Book Day special shows a young Akuma being offered a lucrative gig in an underground fight club. When Akuma states that there's no honor in such a thing, the club's owner tells him that the Japanese notion of honor is outdated and useless in the capitalistic, post-World War II world they live in. Akuma initially accepts the offer, but throws it all away when he kills his opponent in disgust and storms off.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Nash tends to be this to the girls (and their friends) featured in the ''Legends" series due to said girls tending to be smaller in stature (eg Ibuki, Makoto, Cammy).
  • I Just Want to Be Special: In Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki, the main character's best friend Sarai refuses to speak to her after she notices her hanging around with Elena (a capoeira expert from Kenya) and Makoto (a karate master from Japan). When they reconcile months later, Sarai confesses her reasons for abandoning her friend:
    Sarai: I'm not a ninja, or a karate champ or a six-foot-tall Amazon princess. I'm just a regular girl. You get to be someone special and I don't.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Dan Hibiki falls straight into this as his Day in the Limelight story in Hyper Fighting shows. He might be an arrogant braggart with delusions of grandeur, but his training revolves around helping people, from getting a kid his stolen bike back, to helping people in an old folk's home enjoy a day out. He also constantly tries to help people avoid becoming consumed by revenge, a sign of his Character Development.
  • Killed Off for Real: Gen, though it was inevitable due to his sickness. When Akuma comes to fight him, he accepts his impending death with dignity.
  • Latex Perfection: Juni poses as Guile's secretary in II using an impeccable mask. The only tip off that something is amiss is the fact that she forgot to take the real secretary's glasses after leaving her Bound and Gagged (luckily for her, Guile thinks she's wearing lenses).
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo:
    • One of the kidnapped fighters in IV looks like Reptile, save for his mask being grey a la the movie.
    • The rapper Dee Jay is shown collaborating with in the beginning of New Generation looks suspiciously like Kanye West.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Happens more often then not, since it is based around a fighting game. Of special note is the back-up story in the 2023 Free Comic Day special, which sees Juri attack Kimberly for supposedly spray painting pro-S.I.N. graffiti on an alley wall. After Kimberly clears up the misunderstanding by explaining that she was trying to write "Bushinryu rules!", they still wind up fighting due to Juri insulting the Bushinryu style.
  • Me's a Crowd: In Unlimited Vega attacks the heroes with Doll-like clones of himself.
  • Men Act, Women Are: The Unlimited series tends to focus on the girls of the series and even in action the comic focuses on their personality and their reactions to the situations moreso than general comics. Even the 2016 Super Combo Edition showed Ibuki's personality much more compared to the males that just spoke about their fighting style.
  • Mercy Kill: Ryu begs Sakura and Dan to kill him before the Satsui no Hado can consume him and turn him evil. They attempt to comply, but Akuma intervenes and stops them.
  • The Mole:
  • Mood Whiplash: The Hyper Looting LootCrate special is silly and almost impossible to take seriously... until the last pages, where Guile meets Charlie, who threatens to kill him.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Necro has this reaction after Alex tricks him into electrocuting Effie.
  • Mythology Gag: Many characters from the oft-forgotten first game make appearances as well as Expies of original characters from the animated series and the various manga.
    • Charlie becomes Shadow temporarily.
    • Chun-Li's father is modeled (and named) after Dorai, her father in Street Fighter II V. Likewise, her friend and partner Po-Lin originated in Street Fighter II: The Manga from the '90s.
    • In Legends: Chun-Li, Sagat lifts up Dan by his face before casually tossing him aside, a reference to one of his special intros in the Street Fighter Alpha games. The intro was itself a reference to the piece of official Street Fighter II: Champion Edition art that inspired Dan's creation, which showed Sagat gripping a defeated Dan by the face in a similar fashion.
    • The place where Ryu goes to meet Dhalsim in India is his stage from the Street Fighter II game. Ryu going to learn from Dhalsim is, in itself, a nod to Street Fighter II V, where Ryu and Ken go to India to learn about the Hadou from Dhalsim.
    • The fact that Delta Red find Blanka and Dee Jay as Shadaloo flunkies is a nod to the live-action film, although it's never stated who Blanka was before becoming a test subject and Dee Jay is Brainwashed and Crazy rather than acting on his own volition.
    • A few of the Street Fighter III titles such as "Second Impact" or "Third Strike" are mentioned in dialogue.
    • Cammy's simulation test after she returns to Shadaloo is very reminiscent of her introduction in the Street Fighter II animated movie. Cammy's target has a resemblance to George W. Bush.
    • During the Legends: Sakura mini-series, Dan has a vivid nightmare where he and Sakura battle each other in what turns out to be a Serious Business version of Puzzle Fighter II.
    • Sakura eventually becomes consumed by the Satsui no Hado and transforms into Sunburnned Sakura, much like in the non-canonical Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter game.
    • When Juri confronts who she thinks is Bison over her parent's death, she remarks that he wouldn't remember the incident since it was "Just another ordinary Tuesday."
    • In Unlimited, Chun-Li is forced to wear one of her alternate costumes from Street Fighter IV and Street Fighter V after being captured by Vega. This is actually a double example, since it's also a nod to the scene in the live-action movie where Chun-Li is forced to wear a red version of her game outfit while being held captive by Bison.
    • Mech-Zangief, Cyber-Akuma and Zero Akuma appear in Unlimited #10's backup story, which is an homage to Street Fighter 2010.
    • Chun-Li's Interpol outfit from Days of the Eclipse is actually her Professional DLC costume from Street Fighter V.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: A large part of Cammy's eventual freedom from her brainwashing stems from Vega actively reprogramming her twice. Largely because he feels that beautiful people such as him and Cammy shouldn't have that done to them and partly because he just likes screwing around with Bison's plans.
  • Poorly Disguised Pilot: The Street Fighter vs. Final Fight one-shot largely focuses on Cody, and ends with a direct lead-in to UDON's Final Fight mini-series.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: The comics attempt to account for events left unexplained in the video game canon, such as why almost none of the characters from the prequel Street Fighter Alpha games were present in the Street Fighter II series (which was produced long before Alpha but chronologically takes place later). Certain events are also adapted in a different order than the chronology of the games, such as the events of Ultra Street Fighter II happening after the series' take on Street Fighter III.
  • Prison Rape: While Dan is leading a meditation class for prison inmates, a Scary Black Man says he likes his pink gi and asks him to stay a while.
  • Pro Wrestling Is Real: This series has it both ways; R. Mika's actual wrestling matches (i.e., the stuff that happens off panel) are scripted, while Zangief is baffled by the concept and has never heard of such a thing before. This has roots in SF canon; the series takes place in the same world as the Saturday Night Slam Masters games. Not only is wrestling real, but Zangief's old sparring partner Biff Slamkovich is upset that some people think it isn't. In short, some federations are scripted and some are real.
  • Removing the Rival: It's mentioned in passing that all of the other men and women who entered the hot dog eating contest Karin and Sakura had signed up for had mysteriously dropped out the day before the competition. It's heavily implied Karin paid off all of them to make sure the contest came down to her and Sakura.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: After kidnapping Sakura and a number of other fighters while undercover, Crimson Viper blows her cover and frees the hostages before they can be tortured and disposed of.
  • School Uniforms are the New Black:
    • Karin always wears her sailor uniform, even when not actually at school. After she graduates, she switches to her new outfit from Street Fighter V.
    • Ibuki switches back and forth. Sometimes she'll don her ninja outfit for fights, but she does fight in her school uniform on at least one occasion.
    • Sakura is most often seen in her sailor fuku, but switches to a gi similar to Ryu's after she graduates high school (although she only wears the top and belt, with shorts and sneakers from the waist down).
  • Serious Business: Lampshaded in the third issue of the Sakura mini-series. A news crew arrives on the scene to cover Sakura's battle with Karin, and the anchor is shown sighing and bemoaning how slow the news day must be for the station to ask them to cover a brawl between two teenagers.
  • Shotgun Wedding: The "marry-the-girl-you-knocked-up" variant is mentioned by Ken when he mentions to Ryu that Eliza's pregnant in #6 of the original series.
    We've been engaged for, like, forever, but this is a whole new ballgame. Hope her dad doesn't whip out the shotgun when I get back...
  • Shout-Out:
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Dan Hibiki, as always. He thinks he's all that, but he's so not.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Dan tends to be this towards the girls featured in their own Legends comic. Some fans for example remember Dan losing in one hit more than Ibuki's story in her comic for example. This is even lampshaded in a cover for Street Fighter Unlimited that sees Dan physically body blocking the then three Legends heroines Ibuki, Sakura, and Chun-Li while they have to look around him.
  • Start of Darkness:
    • Juri receives one in "New Generation." She was the daughter of a cop investigating Shadaloo, and lost her eye and her family in a Shadaloo attack. After recovering, she turned her anger towards Tae Kwon Do, and the rest is history.
    • Sakura, in frustration for not being strong enough to keep Ryu from the Illuminati, starts drawing upon the influence of the Satsui no Hado... And that eventually lures out Akuma.
  • Switch-Out Move: How Bison and Ryu beat their clones.
  • Take Me Instead: In the climax of Super Street Fighter, Ryu brings Sakura out of her Dark Hadou state by absorbing the power into himself.
  • Take That!: Birdie mentions having chased a gang of "candy-asses" called the Raging Storms out of his neighborhood.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: The Street Fighter 6 limited series reveals that Ken retired from professional fighting some time after Ultra Street Fighter II in order to focus on his company. However, JP attempts to rope him into making a comeback for the tournament in Nayshall.
  • Terrible Interviewees Montage: There's a gag strip showing a bunch of fighters who auditioned for Street Fighter V but failed to make the cut. These include Joe from the original 1987 Street Fighter (rejected because nobody remembers him or the game he originated in) and Shoma from Rival Schools (rejected because of his busy baseball and school schedules).
  • There Are No Rules: When Poison cheats by handcuffing Mika during their match, the referee says it's fine since this sort of thing happens in professional wrestling all the time.
  • These Hands Have Killed: Gen had no qualms with this until he was forced to kill a Geki ninja in front of a young Chun-Li. This ends up becoming the greatest regret of his life, and he swears to never kill again.
  • Tournament Arc: Kinda unavoidable since it's based off the games. The II Turbo series is mostly the main focus of this.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Sean and Laura Matsuda, who are of Afro-Brazilian and Japanese descent.
  • Undressing the Unconscious: In Street Fighter Unlimited #3, Chun-Li passes out after being defeated by Vega. When she next awakens, she finds she's now wearing her Street Fighter IV black dress Alternate Costume. She specifically calls Vega a creep for having changed her, although he claims Alma is the one who changed her clothes.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Bison returns in the Super Street Fighter graphic novels after having perished during the Street Fighter II adaptation. Even the characters in-universe are baffled as to how he could still be alive. Turns out it's actually Twelve posing as Bison, who is still apparently dead.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Gill's deal in the Unlimited series. He wishes to destroy the entire planet using Evil Ryu's Dark Hadou powers as an energy source to power Seth's BLECE invention so he can cleanse the Earth of all he deems unworthy and rebuild it anew as its savior.
  • Villain Team-Up: Bison is shown to be working with the Illuminati in Super. It turns out this is Twelve in disguise.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Gill performs various good deeds to get the public on his side.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Sakura pukes after competing in a hot dog eating contest, but the audience is only shown the disgusted reactions of Kei and her other friends.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Turbo ends with a montage showing what each of the surviving fighters ended up doing after Bison's death. Super opens with a Where Are They Now? Prologue, showing what's happened to several of the retired fighters after the Time Skip.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Hugo refuses to wrestle Rainbow Mika because he doesn't want to hurt a cute girl. Poison ends up having to substitute for him.