Here we're going to list the references (Captain Ersatzes, Expies, Shout-Outs, "No Celebrities Were Harmed", etc.) of the Street Fighter series.
Characters and stuff introduced in Street Fighter
Characters and stuff introduced in the Street Fighter II series
- E. Honda is a sumo wrestler wearing facepaint, a practice not exactly common in real sumo. However, this aspect of his design might have been inspired by the character Kabuki from the game Arm Wrestling.
- Blanka was inspired by The Amazon from the NES game Pro Wrestling, who gave the designers the idea of a character who fights using savage animal instincts.
- Guile's design actually comes from two separate JoJo's Bizarre Adventure characters: Originally he was going to have a tall flat-top like Jean-Pierre Polnareff from Stardust Crusaders, but the pixel artist widened the top into "the always distinctive Stroheim look" (referring to Battle Tendency's Rudol von Stroheim). The team liked the look and decided to keep it. Like Stroheim, Guile is a muscular soldier with a lot of national pride; however, whereas Guile is all-American, Stroheim is a Nazi. Finally, Guile's name came from Polnareff's arch-enemy, J. Geil.
- Chun-Li has a win-quote in Street Fighter III where she says "Hey, leave me alone! I'm a fighter, not a news reporter!" This is a reference to Street Fighter: The Movie, where Chun-Li was portrayed as a news reporter.
- Colors 14 and 15 of her Battle Outfit 1 in V are based on Morrigan from Darkstalkers. Color 14 gives her green hair and adds a purple trim to her outfit, referencing Morrigan's default colors, while 15 gives her blonde hair and a pink trimmed outfit, which is Morrigan's second color scheme.
Sgt. Ashida: Colors 14 and 15 have a kind of dark, stalkerish look...I want them both!
- Zangief's appearance is possible based on wrestler Boris Zhukov.
- He's also an expy of the Russian pro-wrestler gimmick, specifically WWE legend Ivan Koloff. He wears a cape into the ring, has the bushy beard and is even associated with bears (Koloff's ring nickname was The Russian Bear).
- His Siberian Blizzard Ultra Combo in Super Street Fighter IV is the Kinniku Driver. The only difference is the lock up and the landing.
- His purchasable costume in Street Fighter IV is the same attire worn by Mike Haggar.
- His second alternate costume is Mecha Zangief, from Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter.
- His premium alt in Street Fighter V gives him longer hair and a vibrant, multicolored bandana, making him look like a dead ringer for "Macho Man" Randy Savage. Color 12 changes the colors to be primarily yellow and orange and gives him blonde hair, an obvious allusion to Hulk Hogan, which the CFN website none-too-subtly points out.
- Dhalsim is suspiciously similar to a villain from an old kung fu film, Master of the Flying Guillotine. The villain was a Hindu mystic who could stretch his limbs.
- Balrog, called Mike Bison in Japan, is such an obvious allusion to Mike Tyson that they had to switch three character names around out of fear that Tyson would sue. One of his quotes from Alpha 3 even references the infamous match when Tyson bit off Evander Holyfield's ear.
"If you fight like that again, I'll bite you ear off!"
- In Super Street Fighter IV, he has an alternate costume based on Apollo Creed. He wears a very similar outfit as his default in V.
- Vega is an expy of the Nameless Shura, the Elite Mook from the second saga of Fist of the North Star.
- His Halloween costume in USFIV gives him a Hannibal Lecter style mask.
- Several of his Faces of Defeat in Hado Stone draw him like he was a character in Glass Mask.
- M. Bison's outfit and physical appearance are based on Yasunori Kato, the Big Bad of Tokyo: The Last Megalopolis.
- Another source of inspiration for Bison can be found in Washizaki, a villain from the infamous Gorn manga, Riki-Oh who himself is also an expy of the Yasunori Kato. Some of Bison's original sprites and poses in Street Fighter II look like they used Washizaki as a reference image◊ when drawing them.
- His DLC outfit in Super Street Fighter IV makes him look like Sigma.
- His 30th anniversary outfit in Street Fighter V couldn't be more Napoleon Bonaparte if he tried.
- In the live-action movie, Bison states that his Psycho Power (the term was not used in the movie) was "merely superconductor electromagnetism" (the details of the power was not revealed until the Alpha games, which was released later), which sounds like Magneto's mutant powers. (They later clashed with each other.)
- The way in which he dies in the cinematic story references both Dio Brando and Makoto Shishio. Both he and Ryu clash with final blows, while Ryu's fist is imbued with his new power. Suddenly, Bison's body begins to crack and fall apart as his Psycho Power is nullified and replaced with Ryu's. What does Bison do as his death is certain? Maniacally laugh as he is burned away by Ryu's power.
- His Halloween costume in V has him dressed as Satan, but the design is extremely reminiscent of The Lord of Darkness from Legend (1985).
- Bison's line in the movie "For I beheld Satan as he fell from Heaven like lightning!" paraphrases Paradise Lost:
So spake this oracle, then verified when Jesus, Son of Mary, second Eve, saw Satan fall, like lightning, down from Heaven
- Fei Long takes Bruce Lee Clone to a whole new level. Other fighting games have done their own homages, but Fei Long goes the extra mile, in that the only differences between him and the real Bruce Lee are their names and Fei-Long's more fiery moves. In addition to looking like him, Fei Long is also an actor known for starring in martial arts films. Oddly enough, though, Bruce Lee is apparently a figure that existed in the Street Fighter universe, as Fei Long makes a reference to him and his son in his original English ending in SSFII.
Fei Long: There could never be another legend like the great one and his son! I will honor their memory by training harder for the real fight so someday I can pass on my knowledge.
- One of his alternate outfits in IV is taken from Enter the Dragon. His second alt in Super IV is Kato.
- In IV both of his Ultra Combos, Rekkashingeki and Gekirinken, are very similar to Kenshiro's Hokuto Hyakuretsuken.
- Dee Jay (a kickboxer and musician) is based on fitness guru/Tae Bo instructor Billy Blanks (a famous kickboxer and actor).
- One of his victory quotes from SSFIV is a reference to Cool Runnings.
Dee Jay: Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, it's Dee Jay time!
- Cammy's alternate outfit for SSFIV is directly inspired by Alita's clothes in Last Order.
- Her Halloween costume in USFIV maker her look like a demonic bee not unlike Q-Bee.
- Her default outfit in SFV was based on her appearance from Psikyo's Cannon Spike.
- Her battle outfit in V has a color option that is blue and yellow, with a red visor. The CFN site points out that she looks like she might fire off an optic blast.
- When describing her Holiday outfit in V, Sgt. Ashida almost makes a reference to the Final Fantasy series.
Sgt. Ashida: If it were up to me, I'd make the coat white and the ears and lining red, to look like the white mage from...
- Akuma owes his existence to the famous Sheng Long April Fools' Day joke from Electronic Gaming Monthly, as does his brother Gouken.
- SFII has a "trash the bad guy's car" mini-game, similar to the one in Final Fight. In fact, in Super Street Fighter IV onward, if you win the car smash bonus stage with Guy, Cody, Rolento, Hugo or Poison, the same guy from Final Fight, Bred, walks on screen sobbing, and cries "Oh My Car!" just like in Final Fight!
- Ken's stage and Zangief's stage appear to have been inspired by scenes from the 1975 film Hard Times, starring Charles Bronson.
Characters and stuff introduced in the Street Fighter Alpha series
- Charlie's hard kick variation of his Sonic Scythe in V is Rugal's Genocide Cutter. The EX version does two back to back, much like Rugal's DM version.
- Guy's new Ultra Combo in IV ends with the an Izuna Drop (a technique created in a manga called Ninpu Kamui Gaiden and used by several ninja in fiction such as Strider Hiryu and Ryu Hayabusa), its buildup and execution remarkably similar to the Front/Primary Lotus. The name of the Ultra is the Bushin Goraisenpuujin.
- He also gets three references to Final Fight in the Alpha series:
- His Bushin Gokusaken chain combo is his basic combo.
- His usual intro pose involves him destroying Final Fight oildrums several times. (His regular intro, SFA manga, SFA3 intro with Cody, Super SFIV intro, etc.)
- His intro against Cody in Alpha 3 has Guy performing a Bushin Tatsumaki Senpuukyaku, losing some health, and then regaining it by picking up some food. Said move was a Desperation Attack that sacrificed some of Guy's vitality (health could be recovered by eating food pickups located inside said barrels).
- Sodom gets his name from the Thrash Metal band Sodom.
- In the original Final Fight and in the X-ISM mode in Alpha 3, Sodom uses two katanas, which he named as Muramasa and Masamune. The names are based from two Japanese blacksmiths, Muramasa Sengo and Masamune Goro.
- Sodom also shares various similtudes with Yoshimitsu. Both wear samurai-inspired armor and masks, and both use two swords in combat (although Yoshimitsu hasn't always used two swords in combat). In addition to this, they both appear in two different games (Sodom in Final Fight and Street Fighter and Yoshimitsu in Tekken and SoulCalibur) and both also have a serious and determined personality, but often leave a rather goofy and comical impression. One major key difference between the two is that Yoshimitsu is actually Japanese, while Sodom is not. Lampshaded in Street Fighter X Tekken in which Poison's winquote against Yoshimitsu says that he reminds her of Sodom.
- Rose's appearance and fighting style are clearly inspired by Lisa Lisa Joestar of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, with them having nearly identical outfits and fighting by channeling energy into their scarves. Her Alpha 2 stage is also in Venice, which is where Joseph trains under Lisa Lisa in the story.
- Dan is a Take That! to Art of Fighting, especially Ryo Sakazaki (outfit, father, fighting style), Robert Garcia (face and hair), and Yuri Sakazaki (personality). His father's appearance was also based on Mr. Karate, Ryo and Yuri's father. One of his win quotes from Alpha 3 is a reference to these origins:
- Due to him being based off of Robert Garcia, he ends up looking like Steven Seagal, something that is made even more noticeable with his appearance in IV. Behold!
- His Hisshou Buraiken super has a name quite similar to that of Hissatsu Buraiken, the Japanese name for the Beat 'em Up known as Avengers in America.
- His Haoh Gadoken Ultra shares the distinct appearance of the Haoh Sho Koh Ken performed by the previously mentioned Sakazaki family.
- He has an alternate costume where he's dressed as his father Go, complete with a Mr. Karate-style tengu mask to mimic the old man's long nose.
- And in his Omega Mode form in Ultra, Dan gets a new special, the Danretsuken, a parody of Ryo's Zanretsuken special, which already appeared before in the crossover SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos.
- Sakura visually resembles Shinobu Kawasaki from the Asuka 120% series, who herself is an expy of Ryu and Ken. "Sunburned Sakura" from the Vs. series takes the resemblance even further by giving her Shinobu's Ambiguously Brown skin tone and predominately black uniform color.
- Sakura states that she enjoys street fighting as opposed to "sparring with rival schools." She was a playable character in the first Rival Schools.
- While Sakura's Battle Outfit is clearly a homage to Ryu, it can also be considered a homage to Yuri Sakazaki as well, which is made even more ironic and fitting given the fact that both Sakura and Yuri were Alternate Company Equivalent rivals to each other in the SNK vs. Capcom series. Aside from the Yuri reference, Color #12 of Sakura's Battle Outfit is a shout-out to Sie Kensou and his original Psycho Soldier fighting attire that was brought back in The King of Fighters XII and XIII.
- Rolento, a former military commander in a red beret seeking to creation his own utopia. Isn't that the backstory of the Golan Colonel from Fist of the North Star?
- Rolento can also be considered an Expy of Big Boss. Both are strong, charismatic men with far above average fighting skills, both lead large fighting forces, and seek to create a "utopia" using military means. Both also obtain technology far beyond the standard of their times, namely Metal Gear and the Tanden Engine and S.I.N's "enhancement system" in Big Boss and Rolento's respective cases.
- Rainbow Mika is a wrestling Expy of Tiffany Lords.
- She does the Stone Cold Stunner as her Counter Attack in V.
- Nadeshiko, Mika's partner and Assist Character in V first appears in one of Alpha 3's Mika artworks. Also, the way she appears in the fight resembles the Striker System from The King of Fighters.
- Color 15 of Mika's Story Outfit in V gives her light blue hair and a light grey outfit, making her look like Hatsune Miku from Vocaloid.
- Cody is modeled after Michael Paré's role as Tom Cody from the action movie, Streets of Fire. A few years after his debut, Cody would get an expy in the form of Streets of Rage's Axel.
- One of his win quotes from Alpha 3 states that it's good to "know more than two moves" after being absent for so long.
- His Final Destruction Super in Alpha 3 is an extended reference to the arcade version of Final Fight, where, playing as Cody, you could hit the opponent twice, turn around, quickly turn back, and repeat, for an infinite combo. The X-ism version of this move simply turns his punches into his basic combo from FF and his jumping kick into the Crack Kick.
- His Dead End Irony super in Alpha 3 ends with the Cyclone Kick, Cody's Desperation Attack and answer to the Hurricane Kick in Final Fight.
- This victory quote is a Title Drop reference towards his origins:
"With so much riding on my fists, this will not be my final fight!"
- In the intro for Super IV and in some artwork from the time of Alpha 3, Cody breaks through a wall with "Street Fighter" written in graffiti, reminiscent of the intros to both the first Final Fight and the first Street Fighter.
- In SSFIV, one of his Ultra Combos has him break out the pipe, one of the weapons from Final Fight.
- There's also his victory quote in his rival match with Guy:
"Guess I'm better at street fighting."
- The fact that Cody can actually wield a knife here is a nod to Final Fight as well; in FF, he was the member of the trio most proficient with knives.
- His recent appearance in V: Arcade Edition is a homage to his fellow friend Mike Haggar, in which more than just being rehabilitated, he also becomes the new Mayor of Metro City, has one of his V-Triggers with a pipe as weapon, his Story costume resembles Haggar's classic outfit (the brown belt over his chest and green pants) and even the Cinematic Trailer starts with a live-action version of the first FF intro with Cody in his office, the mysterious call and the TV (with none less than Kenny Omega as live-action Cody.)
- Also from this game, the moves from both V-Triggers resemble Cracker Jack (the way he managed some moves with the pipe) and Chris Redfield (the pose and moves with the knife, similar to his Marvel vs. Capcom 3 appearances).
- Cody's colors in V contain a lot of references to the Ace Attorney series. Color 11 of Cody's default is Apollo Justice, 12 is Athena Cykes, and 13 is Godot. Colors 11 to 14 of Cody's Battle Outfit are also references, with 11 being Phoenix Wright, 12 is Bobby Fulbright, 13 is Dick Gumshoe, and 14 is Miles Edgeworth. Additionally, Colors 14 and 15 of Cody's default costume reference Art of Fighting/The King of Fighters characters Robert Garcia and Geese Howard.
- Karin is a clear Shout-Out visually (especially the hair) and in personality to Nellie◊ Oleson,◊ a Rich Bitch from Little House on the Prairie who was the snooty antagonist to the series' heroine Laura, which mirrors Karin and Sakura's schoolgirl rivalry. The series is still very popular in Japan.
- Color 2 of Karin's Story Outfit in V gives her a red dress, red shoes and a green bow, a reference to Roll from Mega Man.
- Maki has been accused of being Capcom's version of Mai Shiranui, due to their similar designs and the fact that they are both kunoichi, hence the emphasis on Maki's roots as the leader of a biker gang.
- The simplified look of red and white of Capcom vs. SNK 2 and Alpha 3 could be based on Guy◊'s look from Final Fight 3.
Characters and stuff introduced in the Street Fighter III series
- Alex is a combination of Biff Slamkovich from Saturday Night Slam Masters and Hulk Hogan. From Slamkovich, Alex gets his general appearance, including his long blonde hair and headband, and from Hogan, Alex gets his tendency to rip his shirt off and his special intro against Hugo, where the two stand with their chests pushed against each other, in reference to Hogan's WrestleMania III match against André the Giant.
- And about Slam Masters, in the Story Mode, Alex fights in a CWA tournament and wins. After the tournament, an exhibition match has Alex and Laura fighting against Zangief and R. Mika.
- Dudley has a tenth alternate costume in SSFIV which consists of a yellow shirt, purple overalls, and white gloves.
- He's also a giant reference to boxing anime in general; in specific, he's got Ippo Makunouchi's Dempsey Roll and his Rolling Thunder animation in IV combines the Dempsey Roll with Sendo Takeshi's Smash. His Machine Gun Blow is very similar to the Flicker Jab move used by another Ippo character, Ryo Mashiba. He also displays his own take on Date Eiji's (yet another Ippo character) Corkscrew with both his Corkscrew Blow in III and his Corkscrew Cross in IV. Another famous boxing move in Dudley's arsenal is Joe Yabuki's Cross Counter (complete with Joe's signature drooping-arms pose).
- On his gloves for the 10th color scheme of Dudley's alternate costume, the phrase "Flash" (as in Flash Gordon) can be clearly seen.
- Speaking of which, his new alternate costume◊ in Super Street Fighter IV is a cross between the famous outfit that Freddie Mercury wore at Wembley Stadium in 1986 and something that came from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The 10th color scheme for his alternate costume removes the jacket altogether, something which Mercury did in the Wembley concert.
- Dudley's character seems to be inspired by real-life British-Jamaican boxer Chris Eubank. Both are Afro-British boxers who dress in the dandy fashion, display snobbish mannerisms and have been described as fighters who crawled up from the bottom (Eubank grew up in relative poverty, whereas Dudley was determined to win back everything his father had lost).
- Yun and Yang resemble Duo Maxwell and Trowa Barton, respectively.
- A statue in Yang's stage of Street Fighter III Second Impact has a statue of the Monkey King Sun Wukong/Son Gokuu himself trapped in his prison of Wuxingshan/Gogyouzan (lit. Five Elements Mountainnote ), which can be broken if a strong enough impact occurs around it; doing so will have the Wukong/Gokuu statue itself will be freed in prime condition.
- Ibuki's 9th color in Super Street Fighter IV bears a striking resemblance to the main character in a certain popular ninja manga...
Right! For Hinata, I thought the uniform Ibuki wore during her Street Fighter III
ending was cute, so I asked if I could use the same design for my character and say they were from the same school. That was also insurance, haha.
- Her Story Outfit in V is very similar to Karin's, and color 15 serves as a reference to the same character that Karin's color 2 does; Roll from Mega Man.
- Color 15 of her Battle Outfit is a reference to Genkai from Yu Yu Hakusho.
- Necro looks similar to Quan Chi in terms of skin color, markings, and baldness.
- Effie, Necro's girlfriend, looks very similar to Harley Quinn in her CFN redesign.
- Oro was directly inspired by Yoda. They're both old, short Hermit Guru with unusual skin colors and the ability to move objects with their minds.
- Gill's fighting attire (or lack thereof) and long hair are based on Yuda from Fist of the North Star. As it goes, the outfit part of the comparison also applies Urien.
- Considering games that were released around the development of Street Fighter III, he and Urien are very similar to vital antagonists from the Street Fighter and fighting game inspired JRPG Tales of Phantasia. Gill in this case is very reminiscent of Dhaos, who wishes to save his home world from its utter annihilation. Urien is similar to the crucial secondary antagonist Reisen, a magiteknology scientist who is seeking glory and fame, and in turn uses Dhaos in his plans, labeling him as the Demon King, essentially forcing him into antagonism and playing the evil side in a war that could have been easily avoided. Even Alex is similar in some regards to main character Cless Albane and one of Alex's character stories from Gamest noted that Gill seemed reminiscent of Nordic Gods and those who lived at the height of Yggdrasil, the Aesir; JRPGs were heavy on their inspiration of olden tales and mythologies from European folklore, especially Scandinavian and Viking classics. Capcom during this period was inspired during the golden age of the SNES RPG train, and this even goes for Mega Man X, whose armor upgrade system was also inspired by the idea of equipment mechanics from this era of JRPGs.
- Hugo is Andore from the original Final Fight, and as such is based off of André the Giant. For some reason, his backstory in 2nd Impact doesn't mention any of the other Andores from Final Fight (Jr., Father, Uncle, Grandpa), but instead it makes references to Hugo having farmer parents and two younger sisters still living in Germany. In other words, an odd combination of retcon, Flip-Flop of God, and Multiple-Choice Past. His mother in his story flashbacks in USFIV has the Andore hairstyle and encourages Hugo to grow big and strong, so it seems the female Andores, either by marriage or birth, stayed in Germany with the farms.
- In his ending in 2nd Impact, Hugo and Poison goes to recruit the Final Boss (could vary between Gill, Ryu, Elena or Necro) and as a tag team both goes to fight into CWA pro-wrestling federation against Biff Slamkovich and Gunloc (staple called as the Hyper Cannon as in Slam Masters games.)
- One of the artworks of 2nd Impact is a giant Hugo fighting planes a la King Kong.
- Urien could be confused for Yashiro Nanakase's twin, especially with his Street Fighter V look. Furthermore both Yashiro and Urien have earth elements as part of their powers.
- In Street Fighter V, it's possible to use a special 4th costume for Urien by holding down a special button combination after selecting him: his original thong costume. What's the code? Light Punch, Medium Kick, and Heavy Punch at the same time, AKA the button combination used to select the fan-beloved secret 7th colors from 3rd Strike.
- Remy's ending in 3rd Strike (deceased sister being encased in ice in the depths of an icy sea, especially his ending in which he dives into the sea to visit her) is one big reference to Cygnus Hyoga and his deceased mother Natassia.
- His look is meant to evoke SNK character Iori Yagami (comparison here◊). Things would come full circle when Ash Crimson (making his debut in KOF 2003) would further emulate Remy in design, right down to the moveset.
- Q resembles K from Robot Detective, from the series by Shotaro Ishinomori, creator of Kamen Rider. (This is why there's a poster that says "ROBODEKA-Q" at the right side of the last frame of his ending, 'deka' being slang for 'keiji'/detective.)
- Makoto is an expy of Akane Tendo from Ranma ½, sporting an extremely similar fighting style and personality, in addition to some superficial visual similarities.
- Although not connected to him in any way, Makoto is similar to Retsu from the original Street Fighter in terms of fighting style, involving traditional Japanese martial arts with no fireballs, and her background in Street Fighter III is similar to Retsu's background.
- Twelve is the Street Fighter universe's version of the T-1000 - an emotionless, shapeshifting killer machine.
- The twelfth episode of Ultraseven (Famously a Banned Episode) featured the Alien Spell, white-skinned beings with beady black eyes and helmet-like heads, to which Twelve bears a very close resemblance.
- As an internal homage, one of Twelve's intros has a group of identical clones standing around him before they all take flight, leaving behind the one who is to do battle with the opponent. This is very similar to the intro Juli and Juni use during their Dramatic Battle in Alpha 3 (where the other ten Doll agents surround them before exiting the battlefield, leaving only Juli and Juni). To further this, the reference is in Twelve's name (the Doll agents were each named after the twelve months of the year).
- One of the lyrics to the music for the basketball parrying bonus stage is "It's Jason, and Michael Meyers, and Freddy all combined."note
Characters and stuff introduced in the Street Fighter IV series
- Crimson Viper's moveset as well as the idea of a combat suit and the shades were actually taken from Captain Commando, Capcom's original mascot, who reappeared in titles such as Marvel vs. Capcom and Namco × Capcom. Not only does she share some similar moves and normal attacks, her third alternate outfit from Super Street Fighter IV bears a not so visible star emblem similar to CapCom's. The fact that Captain Commando takes place in the future of the same Shared Universe has led some fans to speculate that her gear is an early version of what will eventually become CapCom's armor.
- Abel's alternate outfit in SSFIV has been compared to Solid Snake and Rambo.
- It is highly implied that Russian mixed martial arts expert Fedor Emelianenko was the inspiration for the character; the fighting style reflects that inspiration, and in fact his main blue outfit is an exact replica of the gi and gloves Fedor used to wear; the only exception is that his Russian flag on his gi is inverted and misordered in color to look exactly like the French flag.
- Several comparisons have been drawn between Abel and professional wrestler Rob Van Dam, due in part to Abel's alternate attire (a wrestling singlet adorned with the French flag and wrestling boots), highly athletic wrestling style and wheel kicks.
- Abel's voice acting and face resemble that of actor Jean-Claude Van Damme who has also been known to wear a wrestling singlet in his films. Van Damme himself did portray Colonel William F. Guile in the 1994 Street Fighter film.
- His first Ultra Combo bears a resemblance to Captain America's Final Justice Hyper Combo from Marvel vs. Capcom games.
- El Fuerte might have been inspired by Brother Ignacio from Nacho Libre, as he is a masked wrestler who also happens to work as a cook.
- His Ultra Combos in Super Street Fighter IV are Kinnikuman references. One of them, the Ultimo Spark, is a modified Incomplete Muscle Spark, and the Flying Giga Buster resembles Big Body's Maple Leaf Clutch.
- More a coincidence than an inspiration, there's another fighter that also is a chef: Kung Pow from ClayFighter 63 1/3, which is also a parody of Ryu and Ken. But instead a Luchador that makes Mexican food, Kung Pow is a Karateka that makes Chinese food, also predating the idea by more than 10 years (CF63 1/3 is from 1997). And as El Fuerte, his dishes are disgusting.
- According to SFV Japanese profile, El Fuerte was trained under the famous luchador Meteorito Jr., the same teacher as El Stinger.
- Meteorito Jr's CFN profile states his finishing move was a modified moonsault called the Yucatan Tornado, which sounds a lot like Ultimo Dragon's corkscrew moonsault, the Cancun Tornado. The reference to starting a school in Mexico might also be a nod to Ultimo Dragon's school/promotion Toryumon.
- Rufus is an Alternate Company Equivalent to Bob from Tekken, both of them being morbidly obese Americans who are surprisingly fast for their sizes. For this reason, the two are made rivals in Street Fighter X Tekken.
- He wears a yellow jumpsuit, similar to the one worn by Bruce Lee's character in Game of Death, except he's so fat that he can't zip it up above his navel.note
- While him having a Chinese Vampire costume (Alternate 2) isn't notable by itself, one color scheme resembles Hsien-Ko, including blue skin.
- His Halloween costume makes him look a lot like Marumori from Blue Dragon.
- Gouken, much like Akuma, owes his existence to Electronic Gaming Monthly, as he was inspired by their famous Sheng Long April Fools' Day prank. One of his win quotes even references it.
Gouken: You must defeat me to stand a chance!
- Seth was named after Seth "S-Kill" Killian, the former community director for Capcom and Street Fighter tournament champion.
- Also, there is the visual resemblance to Doctor Manhattan which didn't go unnoticed. Capcom saw it as well and lampshaded it with his 8th color palette.
- His 5th, golden-color palette makes him look like an Oscar.
- Seth's backstory of being M. Bison's clone is a reference to the Metal Gear series, where the character Naked Snake/Big Boss gave birth to several clones such as Solid Snake, Liquid Snake, and Solidus Snake. It helps that Seth is voiced by Akio Ohtsuka, who also voiced Big Boss.
- Juri bears more than a striking resemblance to Jolyne Kujo, which have also not gone unnoticed.◊ It helps that Capcom has borrowed from other anime series in the past, including JoJo's.
- Her battle outfit in SFV has a color that mimifies Elena, as noticed in CFN:
Sgt. Ashida: Color 15 has a Savanna feel to it. Like she could do capoeira. She wouldn't, though.
- Hakan has a taunt where he says "I haven't even begun to fight." This is very similar to John Paul Jones' iconic Badass Boast, "I have not yet begun to fight!"
- Poison is named after the Hard Rock band Poison.
- Decapre's Super and Ultra 2 resemble Wolverine's Berserker Barrage X and Wesker's Lost in Nightmares Hyper Combos, respectively. And about the latter, has gained the Fan Nickname of the Street Fighter version of Spider-Man's Maximum Spider Hyper Combo.
- See those kids in the Overpass Stage? Ever read 20th Century Boys?
- The announcer for Super Street Fighter IV shouts "ULTRA COMBO FINIIIIIIIIIISSSHHHHH!!!"
Characters and stuff introduced in Street Fighter V
- Necalli is practically a Pillar Man. His V-Trigger form looks a lot like Kars. He also has other nightmarish abilities like absorbing people into himself a la Majin Buu and melting into a black and red shadow a la Angra Mainyu.
- Rashid wears a scouter over his eye similar to several Dragon Ball Z characters.
- Rashid seems to have similarities with Shaheem from Tekken 7, another Arabic character. Word of God is that this was intentional, as Katsuhiro Harada, director of Tekken, actually encouraged Yoshinori Ono to include a Middle Eastern character in V.
- Also, he has been compared to Alfred Airhawk from Real Bout Fatal Fury 2: Dominated Minds.
- Rashid exhibits many shout-outs to Aladdin;— his premium costume is basically a Prince Ali outfit, complete with bejewelled turban, Azam in look and character plays the role of his wise genie, and his stage is essentially a modern take on flying-carpet, with the "carpet" in this case being a private plane (controlled by his "genie"), but instead of medieval Agrabah, it buzzes around the very modern (though still Arab) setting of Dubai. The CFN website even comments on this.
- Laura shares some similarities with other Brazilian fighters from Tekken: Eddy Gordo, Christie Monteiro and Katarina Alves.
- And visually looks a lot like Black Orchid from the Killer Instinct series.
- She's extremely similar to real life Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and Ms. Fanservice Kyra Gracie.
- Color 15 on her default outfit gives her black clothing and blonde hair, alluding another Capcom-created lightning user; Trish from Devil May Cry.
- F.A.N.G strongly resembles the Harpist Assassins in Kung Fu Hustle, specifically their similar hats, glasses, sleeves and sharp nails.
- His affinity for poison and is general oddball behavior make him similar to Warden Magellan.
- Kolin, in her new Street Fighter V outfit, bares a strong resemblance to Maetel from Galaxy Express 999, with both of them being mysterious women in Russian garb with long blonde hair. Alternatively, she looks a lot like Millia Rage from Guilty Gear, both of them being Russian women with long blonde hair and ushanka hats.
- Also, for her ice powers (especially her ice spike hyper), resembles another famous ice user: Kula Diamond.
- Color 15 of her Battle Outfit 1 is green, and the CFN points out it looks like a frog suit for use underwater, not unlike Tsuyu's outfit from My Hero Academia.
- Her Holiday outfit is a blue Christmas themed dress, and both Dan and Sgt. Ashida make references to Frozen.
Dan: Hey, since she controls snow and ice, do you think this is a cosplay of... Nah. I should just let it go.
Sgt. Ashida: Kolin with her own take on the holiday look. You might be thinking - those are the wrong colors! I'd agree, but sometimes you just gotta let it go...
- Ed, in his playable design, resembles General Blue from Dragon Ball and both the physique and fashion sense of a Joestar. His V-Skill even resembles Joseph's Hermit Purple, especially as depicted in Capcom's own JoJo fighting game.
- Overall, he's a blend of Rock Howard, and Steve Fox. From Rock Howard, he gets his angst over the possibility of becoming like the series Big Bad, and from Steve Fox, he gets his boxing fighting style and the fact that he was experiments on by a villainous organization with the intention of containing the powers of the Big Bad.
- The CFN website notes that in his school uniform, Ed resembles Roy from Rival Schools.
- Before beefing up and gaining his Peek-a-Bangs hairstyle, a lot of fans compared Ed's appearance to Eminem. This is helped by the fact that his theme song is a rap, which the composer has admitted was based on Eminem's "Lose Yourself".
- Abigail is named after the King Diamond album of the same name. His face-paint is also modeled after King Diamond's.
- His Battle Costume has been compared to Lobo, but it also bares a resemblance to Caine's outfit from the third Final Fight, given their similar hair, mustaches, goggles, gloves, pants and boots. Alternatively, this outfit and his Story Outfit are reminiscent of something you might see worn in a Mad Max movie, where badass cars are a driving force in the plot.
- The fact that his nationality is listed as Canadian could also be a shout-out to fellow Canadian Edouard Beaupre, the tallest strongman and wrestler in history. His death certificate described him as being 8' 3" (2.51m) tall, and like Abigail, he was still growing.
- When performing his Abigail Punch move, he'll say "ABABABABABA" while punching the opponent in rapid succession, which parodies Kenshiro's "ATATATATATA!" Similarly, when punching during his Critical Art, he'll say "ORA ORA ORA ORA ORA ORA!"
- His V-Trigger II grants him access to a chargeable headbutt that is extremely similar to Juggernaut's Head Crush attack in Marvel Super Heroes.
- Menat has a very similar fighting style to Viola from Soul Calibur V and Amakusa from Samurai Shodown, as they all battle using floating crystal balls.
- Zeku, when in his young form, has brown hair with a blue outfit and red scarf/mask. Given that he has ambitions of creating his own ninja group, Zeku is presumably the first ever Strider.
- His ability to switch between being an old man and a young man might have been inspired by Shina Yamamoto from Nintama Rantarou, who is able to shift how old she is. Also similarly to Zeku, she acts friendly and gentle when she's old but is more serious and strict when young. Color 12 of his default is pink, the color worn by her students, and the CFN website points this out.
Sgt. Ashida: The pink Color 12 reminds me of a beautiful female ninja who could also do the age trick.
- Some have compared the way Zeku looks to David Carradine as Bill in Kill Bill.
- His status as an elderly previous leader of a shadowy organization who seeks to expand and reshape it calls Slayer from Guilty Gear to mind. His winquotes are even written entirely in haiku.
- His use of razor sharp business cards in his character story might have been inspired by Answer from Guilty Gear, who also happens to be a ninja.
- Falke is a German word, which means "falcon". When you consider that she's associated with Ed, it's clear that Capcom is making a nod to Edward Falcon from the Power Stone series.
- Falke's Battle Outfit is a leather costume with goggles, similar to something Catwoman might wear. The store description for it even points out the catlike qualities of the costume.
- G dresses like a sinister Abraham Lincoln, and his introduction in the Arcade Edition intro has him Giving Someone the Pointer Finger, evoking the image of Uncle Sam Wants You. He's also been compared to Vermin Supreme and Emperor Norton.
- He's been compared to Greg from Bloody Roar, given their similar top hats and beards. This led to speculation, prior to release, that he would actually turn out to be the gorilla that appears in Ed's Story Mode ending, since Greg can turn into a gorilla.
- G has some post-attack idle animations where he dances very similarly to Michael Jackson.
- G's default outfit Colors 12 and 13 are a combination of blue, red and yellow, which the CFN website says resemble "a certain cat shaped android from the future". His Story costume also features a number of references to other characters who wear trenchcoats and/or masks. Color 2 is The Green Hornet, Color 3 is The Joker, Color 7 is The Spirit, Color 9 is Carmen Sandiego, Color 10 is Dick Tracy, Color 12 is Jason Voorhees, Color 13 is Hazama, and Color 14 is The Mask.
- G's win quote against Kolin has him proclaim "I am here!", he's very well-built physically, and acts like a man of the people, just like All Might.
- Kage takes many conceptual cues from Omen. Both are the Enemy Without for their series' respective protagonists which have secretly been trying to corrupt and manipulate them for their own purposes. However, while Omen is an energy being who serves a higher power (Gargos), Kage serves no master and is merely the evil legacy of a brutal killing art once used by assassins, which has since been toned down and refined into a more proper fighting style for the modern era.
- One of his alternate costumes is none other than Asura, who faced Ryu (and Evil Ryu) in their Bonus Boss appearance within his home game.
- Lucia's first V-Trigger, "Burning Fight" could be seen as a shout-out to SNK's 1991 arcade game of the same name (coincidentally, Burning Fight is also a Beat 'em Up much like Lucia's original home series Final Fight).
- Lucia has also been compared to and possibly inspired by the real-life martial artist and movie actress Cynthia Rothrock, who was active around the time of Lucia's debut in Final Fight 3 (both are blonde and blue-eyed with similar short haircuts, their fighting styles comprises mostly of attention grabbing kicks, and the two of them share a similar character archetype, in that Lucia is a cop, like many of the characters played by Rothrock from within her own films).
- Based on the above and being also inspired by Cynthia Rothrock, Lucia shares a few coincidences with King from both the Art of Fighting and The King of Fighters series via the two of them having the same haircut and hair color, as well as basing their fighting skills and techniques on kicks mostly.
- Her standard look in V also seems similar to Jill Valentine in Resident Evil 5.
Characters and stuff introduced in the Street Fighter EX series
- Cracker Jack's appearance is based on Lupin III's Daisuke Jigen. Jack's Japanese voice actor also voiced Jigen for one of Lupin's movies: The Fuma Conspiracy.
- Doctrine Dark uses a Razor Floss to reel his opponent a la Scorpion. Also, in Dark's CGI rendered ending in EX Plus Alpha, it is revealed that his special unit's emblem is a scorpion. Other MK details seen in D. Dark is that the mask he uses is similar than Kabal and the blades on his arms are similar to Baraka.
- His stance is also similar to Lee Chaolan.
- Doctrine Dark's fighting style and dressing are similar to Yu Yu Hakusho character Karasu, as both are homicidal maniacs who use explosives and wear breathing masks.
- Skullomania is a combination of Kinkotsuman (Skullduggery in English) from Kinnikuman and Kamen Rider. From Kinkotsuman, he takes the skeleton theme, red gloves and scarf, and from Kamen Rider, he gets the superhero aspect of his story and his bombastic personality.
- Given his appearance and backstory, Allen Snider might very well be the SF equivalent of Chuck Norris, the young one seen in Way of the Dragon.
- Allen was once modeled after singer Elvis Presley, and was even referred to as Elvis (エルビス) in concept art, where he had blond hair and was shirtless.
- Nanase uses a Telescoping Staff as her Weapon of Choice. She might as well call it the Power Pole. EXTEND!
- Shadowgeist may be a reference to Spawn.
- Vulcano Rosso's winning pose is a flying kick, not unlike that of Bruce Lee.
- The character in general has many references to JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. To name a few: his poses are similar to various JoJo's characters, some of his moves are similar to Dio Brando and her appearance looks a lot like Bruno Bucciarati.
- His moves are named as Italian cities, included Vessuvius, a special move named after the vulcan of the same name.
- Ace's specials mostly come from Street Fighter, but he has a few from other games, including Rugal Bernstein's Gigantic Pressure (Giga Gladiator), Li Xiangfei's Chou Pai Long (Geifuu Danjin Soushou), Roy Bromwell's Touchdown Wave (Shouran), and Morrigan Aensland's Finishing Shower (Massive Missile).
- Ace's appearance and outfit could have been inspired by Max Rockatansky, the main character from the Mad Max film franchise.
- The look given◊ in SFV database (especially with the cyan shirt under the jacket) makes him look as Maxima.
- Hokuto bears a strong resemblance to SNK's Kasumi Todoh from Art of Fighting and The King of Fighters series.
- Her secret alternate costume as "Bloody Hokuto" also resembles Reimu Hakurei from the Touhou series.
- EX3 had 2-on-2 matches with a similar feeling to those of Tekken Tag Tournament.
- The Critical Parade mechanic functions similarly to that of the Duo Team Attack from Marvel vs. Capcom, right down to calling both teammates onto the screen at the same time and allowing for infinite use of supers for a short period of time.
Characters introduced in other media.
- Many of the characters in the film do at least one of their signature video game moves while fighting:
- Guile does his Flash Kick
- Ken does the Dragon Punch (delivered as a rather crude uppercut)
- Vega does his Rolling Crystal Flash (the rolling claw stab)
- Ryu performs his iconic Hadouken (minus the special effects).
- T. Hawk performs the Mexican Typhoon
- E. Honda does the Hundred Hand Slap
- Cammy does a "Thrust Kick" (Cannon Spike), though it appears to be just a hard kick with a Narmy ADR line by Kylie Minogue over it.
- M. Bison does a Psycho Crusher
- Balrog, Zangief, Chun-Li and Sagat fight, but don't get to do any of their Special Moves. Blanka, Dhalsim, and Dee Jay go the entire movie without throwing a single punch.
- At one point while Guile and Bison are fighting, Guile appears to actually back Bison into a wall (which is a common tactic in fighting games).
- Bison also does his Psycho Crusher on Guile multiple times, which was a viable, yet cheesy tactic in Street Fighter II: Championship Edition.
- Captain Sawada was created partially to avoid paying royalties to the Bruce Lee estate since Fei Long is based on his likeness, and partially to give Sawada's actor something to do since his English wasn't strong enough to play Ryu.
- When Bison is seen in his living quarters discussing with Chun-Li and changing into his smoking jacket, the hat stand with multiple colors of the same hat corresponds to the Street Fighter II Palette Swap colors of Bison's video game incarnation.
- Several of the movie's sets are patterned from the stages in the game:
- Bison's hostage chamber is based off of the giant bell in his stage.
- E. Honda's bathhouse is represented.
- The Stealth Boat docks are a nod to Ken's stage.
- The comics turn Mike Haggar into a thinly-veiled, mustachioed Arnold Schwarzenegger, down to his action movies (like "The Eliminator") and catchphrases like "I'll return." This is a natural extrapolation of their pre-existing similarities as gargantuan musclemen turned politicians (except Arnie never took to the streets of California busting criminals' heads that we know of...).
- Funnily, they don't seem to remember to associate him with Jesse Ventura, who had become mayor in 1990, right between Final Fight and Street Fighter II.
- Miles Edgeworth is mentioned by a woman when telling a police officer that there was not enough evidence to incriminate Geki and thus had to be set free from custody.
- The enemies Fei Long faces in the Chinese sector of the Street Fighter tournament in II Turbo are all parodies of famous Kung Fu movies: there is a drunken fist-using Jackie Chan parody, a parasol-using Jet Li parody, an old man using the Flying Guillotine, a woman with long white hair presumably based on the wuxia character, and a masked fighter resembling the title character in the Iron Monkey. Chun-Li fights against martial artists whose styles are all based on animals: Monkey, Crane, Tiger, Snake, and Mantis — human versions of The Furious Five (which she actually lampshades).
- In one of the backup features depicting Chun-Li's days with the Hong Kong Police Department, one of her partners is called Po-Lin, which is the same name as one of the female protagonists from Masaomi Kanzaki's SFII manga (she was the owner of a restaurant who was sheltering Ryu after he saved her establishment from being assaulted by a gang of mobsters).