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  • Americans Hate Tingle: Ingrid is very popular in Japan, but has a significant hatedom in the Western fandom.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Ingrid. Those who like her think she's cute and a decent fighter atop of that. Those who don't disliked her. The fact that she was a crossover character from a universally-hated game, and her Deus ex Machina storyline didn't help matters at all. This is even more so when it was confirmed that she was the reason the Street Fighter X Tekken conflict happened in the first place. Given both the fanbase's reaction to that game and the box's nature of giving prizes that are either extremely underwhelming or outright screws the winners over, she's really not helping her case any.
  • Complacent Gaming Syndrome: V-ism is why it just isn't as fun watching people play Alpha 3 competitively. One of the best Street Fighter games, awesome to play....but without V-ism.
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  • Crazy Awesome: Rolento is way fixated with military jargon and utopic dreams, but hey, he can dish it out pretty well.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Charlie. The fact that's he's the Kenny of the series (see Too Cool to Live below) only seems to have bolstered his popularity among the fanbase.
    • Dan. He quickly became one of the series' signature characters despite being little more than a joke.
    • Guy. "Real ninjas wear nikes." note 
    • Sakura. You don't get your own manga for nothing.
    • Rolento, who was one of the most commonly-requested characters for Super Street Fighter IV and even managed to show up in Street Fighter X Tekken years after his last appearance (Capcom vs. SNK 2), and eventually made it in Ultra Street Fighter IV.
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    • Cody, thanks in part to his appearance and new outlook on life. His theme in SSFIV just happened to be another nudge in the right direction.
    • Karin. For a girl who had only appeared in one canonical game and two other games (Capcom Fighting Evolution and Namco × Capcom, where she's paired with Sakura no less) prior to Street Fighter IV, she has a surprisingly large fan following, which naturally lead to Karin being one of the most fan requested characters for SFIV (alongside Rainbow Mika, Elena, and Rolento). This eventually reached the point where, in an official poll by Capcom, she was rated the #1 most popular character in Japan, even more popular than Ryu himself. Her popularity was likely a factor in her return in Street Fighter V.
    • R. Mika has likely reached this status, if not after missing out on SFxT (and thus a long-awaited chance to team up with Zangief), then most certainly after being set up as the butt of a cruel joke alongside Retsu for Decapre's reveal in Ultra Street Fighter IV. She returned in Street Fighter V, much to the delight of her fans.
    • Maki was the darkhorse of Final Fight 2, hence her appearance in the handheld versions of Alpha 3 following a surprise appearance in Capcom vs. SNK 2.
    • Ingrid. Despite appearing in few games, she is one of the most voted characters by Japanese fans for Tekken X Street Fighter.
  • Epileptic Trees: In Rival Schools (a series with loose ties to SF), there is a character who goes by the name of Ran Hibiki. Given that Hinata learned how to fight by watching a video by Ken and Chairperson practices Saikyo, fans have been wondering if Ran is a relative of Dan's (particularly, his sister). The CFN profiles for Street Fighter V would canonize Dan's sister from his Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter ending (and name her Yuriko in what is yet another rib on Art of Fighting), but the jury's still out on Ran.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Some fans would rather pretend that Ingrid's appearance in Alpha 3 MAX didn't happen.
  • Game-Breaker:
    • Guy in the original Street Fighter Alpha due to his fast and damaging chain combos. He actually cracks a pretty bad joke in SFA3 about how he has his opponent "on a chain" in reference to this.
    • The crouch cancel bug in SFA3 (basically, being able to cancel longer move recoveries by crouching during a Custom Combo, which made it so that since the character using it never entered a neutral state, their opponent never got an opportunity to flip out of their combo) which made the already powerful V-Ism borderline broken by allowing players to kill their opponents in one long combo.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Alpha 2 developed a large competitive following in the United States, especially on the West Coast. This is in contrast to its native Japan where it wasn't received as well, especially compared to its sequel, Alpha 3. It came to the point where it was generally accepted that the U.S. would hands down beat Japan if they ever competed in the game, a reverse of what usually happens.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Biblical reference to Sodom's name, which was intended as a reference to the heavy metal band Sodom.
  • Iron Woobie: Rose. Kind of comes with the territory of being the good part of Bison's soul expunged from his body, but things seem to almost never go Rose's way. Even so, she's completely dedicated to her mission of stamping out evil, no matter the toll it takes on her.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Although Guy is canonically married to Rena, at least by Final Fight: Streetwise, he's been paired with Maki (Rena's sister, and thus his sister-in-law), Rose, and Ibuki, among others. In particular, Guy/Rose reached Fan-Preferred Couple status, thanks in part to their interactions in Super Street Fighter IV.
  • Memetic Badass: Dan, Master of the Saikyo style, aka the Strongest Style. The king of taunting and the man in pink. He goes by many names, but you will call him "sensei" today. YAHOO!
    "Dan isn't God tier. God is Dan tier."
  • Mondegreen:
    "SOUL FUCK!" note 
  • Narm:
    • Fei Long's Funny Bruce Lee Noises being typed out and written in SFA3's Story Mode. Having him burst into "WA HOATAAAAAAAAAA!" and other screams is cool when you can hear them, not when you're reading what he says to others.
    • The dialogue before Yun's final fight with Bison has a rather unfortunate mistranslation, where Bison refers to Yun's arrival and defeat by his hand as "the perfect ending for a third rate actress like Fei-Long."
  • Nightmare Fuel: Bison's ending in Alpha 2.
  • Stoic Woobie: Cody. He barely bats an eyelash at anything since he's been incarcerated, and though he ultimately will continue to fight the good fight against wrongdoers, Cody believes he's no longer the hero from his Metro City glory days, to the point he tells Guy in his Super Street Fighter IV ending that he thinks jail is where he belongs. It takes until the events of Street Fighter V, where he (at Haggar's suggestion) becomes the new mayor of Metro City, that Cody finally gets out of his funk and turns his life around.
  • That One Attack:
    • Birdie's Murderer Chain. Go to Heaven!
    • Final Bison's Final Psycho Crusher from Alpha 3. It does ridiculous amounts of damage regardless of if you block it or not. The only way to avoid it is to use a high-priority move (i.e. Shoryuken), Wall Jump, or, if you're Akuma/Evil Ryu, Ashura Senku it out of there. The first two require critical timing and a lot of luck. On top of that, Bison's boss-exclusive Shadaloo-ism allows him to build meter incredibly fast, meaning he can abuse it multiple times per round if he's feeling nasty. Making matters worse is the fact that if you lose to Bison, that's it. You don't get a chance to continue and try again; it just goes straight to the bad ending.
  • That One Boss:
    • Final Bison in Street Fighter Alpha 3. Aside having the aforementioned Final Psycho Crusher, early versions of the game didn't let the player continue if they lost to him.
    • Shin Akuma. He's Akuma without his usual drawbacks.
  • Too Cool to Live: Charlie, according to Word Of God, does everything Guile does but better (sure, he taught Guile everything he knows in the first place), demonstrated in-game by his being able to throw Sonic Booms one-handed (or even out of his feet). And we can't have one of Street Fighter's poster boys being overshadowed, can we? Bye bye, Charlie. He eventually came back in Street Fighter V, though. Only to die again in a Heroic Sacrifice so that Bison was weakened enough for Ryu to finish the job.
  • Uncanny Valley: It may be the style, but some of the artwork done for the series can come across as pretty strange. Take a look at Dan and Zangief in the picture on this article's main page for an example of this.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Dan. Storywise, he isn't taken seriously as a fighter. In reality, he's popular due to his Joke Character status.
  • The Woobie:
    • Charlie.
    • Rose, who's constantly being owned by Bison in some way, despite her power. Until SSFIV.
    • Juni and Juli from 3. Specially in Juni's heartbreaking ending. Double for Juli/Julia, when you see what happened to her by the time SSFIV happens.
    • Though it might not seem so because of his mannerisms and Joke Character status, Dan. Even long after, he still sheds tears for his dead father.


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