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  • Americans Hate Tingle: Mexicans hate T. Hawk and Japan hates Dee Jay, respectively.
  • And You Thought It Would Fail: Ultra Street Fighter II was widely derided before its release due to its Nintendo Switch exclusivity, the addition of a gimmicky first-person mode, and especially for being released and priced $40 despite only adding two characters (particularly since the previous HD Remix release was digital-only and only $15). On its release, it garnered mixed reviews for all stated reasons. Surprisingly, Capcom called it a "smash hit" in a financial report, and because of it, the company pledged to support the Switch with more games.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Not in the II series itself (unless you count oddities like Zangief doing That Russian Squat Dance with Mikhail Gorbachev or Chun-Li merrily going back to the life of a "young single girl" moments after paying her respects to her father), but rather a tie-in 3D simulation ride. Whereas the goal of the attraction is to help the heroes stop Bison from escaping the video game and destroying the real world, the ride features various random fights between characters (Fei Long vs. T. Hawk, E. Honda vs. Zangief, Dhalsim vs. Blanka) that have nothing to do with stopping Bison, not unlike the Zangief/Blanka cage match in The Animated Movie. And that's before you get to a showdown with a 20-foot-tall Bison, complete with Ryu yelling, "I'm gonna rip your heart out!" Really, the whole thing is one big BLAM.
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  • Broken Base: Ultra Street Fighter II. Some welcome the chance for a new generation to experience Street Fighter II all over again. The more hardcore competitive crowd, however, don't like the changes that were made to the system, such as throw teching, the removal of stored supers, etc. Then there are fans who would've rather seen whatever resources that went into Ultra instead being used to address the numerous grievances that continue to plague Street Fighter V and/or aren't particularly wowed by the fact that the "Final Challengers" are Palette Swaps of Ryu and Ken.
  • Common Knowledge: Many Western fans believe that Akuma's Shun Goku Satsu drags the victim to Hell where their soul is attacked by demons; the more sinful they are, the more they're hurt (therefore, a pure-hearted person would be unaffected). However, this is just a vestige of both Capcom USA's Bowdlerization that Akuma was possessed by a demon rather than being an extreme Blood Knight, as well as assumptions caused by the literal translation of the attack's name: "Instant Hell Murder" or "Blinking Prison Killer". The Shun Goku Satsu is simply a barrage of incredibly fast physical attacks, as seen with the Street Fighter V iteration.
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  • Critical Research Failure: Blanka's backstory is that he was a boy named Jimmy who fell from a plane and landed in the Brazilian side of the Amazon. He named himself Blanka after hearing two natives speaking the Spanish word blanca. The catch is that Brazilians speak Portuguese, not Spanish (the Portuguese equivalent word is branca, and origins of the name can be explained by Japanese Ranguage).
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Zangief is always a fan favorite, even though he's never been in a leading role. Fans clamor for him whenever he's missing from a game, to the point that neither Ken nor Akuma made it to the Marvel vs. Capcom roster, but the Red Cyclone did!
    • Vega is very popular. He even placed 10th on IGN's Top 25 Street Fighter Characters list.
    • Cammy was the first of the "New Challengers" to be present in most later games, and the only one other than Akuma to be involved in early crossovers. She even made a cameo in Wreck-It Ralph, albeit wearing something more modest,note  along with M. Bison, Chun-Li and Zangief.
    • Not to the extent of Cammy, but Fei Long was the only other "New Challenger" to make it to the console ports of Street Fighter IV. It helps that many players consider him an awesome Bruce Lee Clone.
  • Ethnic Scrappy: T. Hawk among Mexicans, likely due to him not having any Mexican traits (he's a Native American). The fact that he's only Mexican because there were already an abundance of American characters doesn't help matters.
  • Evil Is Cool:
    • Bison. Must be the uniform.
    • While not as evil as Bison, the three bosses (Vega, Balrog, and Sagat) get this as well, Vega in particular.
  • Fountain of Memes:
  • Franchise Original Sin: Street Fighter III was criticized for bringing back very few characters from this game and mostly replacing the cast with newcomers. Thing is, this game did it first, with very few returning characters from the original Street Fighter. The main difference was that very few had played the first game, while Street Fighter II made the series famous.
  • Game-Breaker:
    • World Warrior Guile is considered in a league all his own, and is THE single most broken version of the character to ever exist. In a game where the concept of the Mirror Match did not exist yet, Guile stood out as having the best capabilities of any of the original 8 world warriors. His Sonic Boom controlled ridiculous amounts of space, and Guile himself had an arsenal of counters for people trying to avoid it. His Flash Kick was not only a strong anti-air, but as damage was randomized it could potentially rip the opponent's lifebar apart. He had normals with ridiculous range and even hitboxes. He was one of the first characters to have a true overhead with his Upside Down Kick. And those aren't even what makes Guile god tier in World Warrior. No, what truly sets him apart is the amount of broken things he can do, including glitches. His Four Fierce Combo (jumping HP, close HP, HP Sonic Boom, far standing HP) could instantly dizzy an opponent and resulted in a touch of death. If you wanted to really style on the opponent, he could also touch of death with just six jabs. And to top it all off, through the use of input manipulation, he could perform what is now known as the Magic Throw, which let him throw an opponent from anywhere on the screen, even right out of their own movements or attacks. The Magic Throw, as well as other input manipulations, could result in other things like the infamous Handcuffs glitch, making Guile himself invincible, and potentially soft-locking or even outright resetting the entire game.
    • Champion Edition M. Bison/Dictator remains the strongest version of the character to this day. When he first debuted as playable, Bison's modifications from his original CPU boss incarnation resulted in him being very overtuned. His Psycho Crusher forced the opponent into blockstun for a whopping SIX HITS and had a random chance of being a crossup, meaning the opponent would have to block in the opposite direction to avoid getting hit. But because they are already in blockstun and are naturally inclined to keep blocking, it was outright impossible to tell which hit would result in a crossup, forcing the helpless opponent to take full damage from it. In adition, he had ridiculous combo potential with his Scissor Kick which led to touch of death setups and even blockstun infinites due to Bison's ridiculous frame advantage. That's right: you could literally chip the opponent to death with them having zero chance to retaliate without getting hit.
    • In Super Turbo and its successor HD Remix, Akuma is banned for having ridiculously overpowered combos and juggles. He was eventually balanced out in later games, with his most balanced form so far being in IV.
    • Also in Super Turbo, Old Sagat. Sure, he doesn't have a super, but it doesn't matter when he can throw out Tiger Shots about as fast as he can say them, making him a hilariously easy and braindead zoner that can't be outclassed in his field. His banning and softbanning is one of the more famous ones in the community, because the consensus is that if he were legal, then several characters in the roster would suddenly become nonviable.
    • Ultra brings Evil Ryu and Evil Ken into the mix, two characters so powerful they can stun with a 3 hit combo strong enough to take off 75% of the opponent's health. It also adds Shin Akuma as a playable character through a code, who understandably falls into this category.
  • Genre Turning Point: While fighting games had been around for a few years at the time of its release, it was the original Street Fighter II that forever reshaped the genre, spawning a competitive scene.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Chun-Li's stage can be as this for many reasons: When the game was released in 1991, China wasn't a very developed country, and one of the most famous stereotypes associated with the Chinese was almost all Chinese people ride bicycles, since they couldn't afford, or were not allowed to have, a car. Not only is this stereotype mostly a Dead Horse Trope outside rural towns, but China is suffering a serious case of environmental pollution because almost everyone is abandoning their traditional bicycles and using cars instead. This is one of the reasons many of Chun-Li's scenarios in later sequels stop showing them in order to show the more modern face of China.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In Zangief's ending, Gorbachev claims that Zangief's victory has proved that "the Soviet spirit can overcome all obstacles." Just months after the game came out, the Soviet Union, still under Gorbachev, was dissolved.
    • One Japanese commercial for Turbo featured a live-action Guile duking out against a live-action Bison. One year later...
    • As mentioned above, the 3D simulation ride has Bison trying to escape into our world. In Wreck-It Ralph, it's Bison who asks the titular protagonist if he's "going Turbo" (i.e. breaking the rule of leaving one's own game).
    • Even in-universe, Vega is continuously mocked due to being a Spanish ninja. Cue Águila Roja, a Spanish series featuring a heroic Spaniard ninja as the main protagonist.
  • Iron Woobie: Chun-Li and T. Hawk.
  • It's the Same, So It Sucks: One of the criticisms of Ultra Street Fighter II is that it's little more than a port of Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix and what additions it does have, such as 3 new playable characters that are more powerful versions of old ones and the widely panned Way of the Hado mode, add little to the core experience. It also doesn't help that it has a $40 release price, when HD remix originally was a $15 game.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Out of all the Street Fighter characters, Chun-Li has the most fan-made pairings, namely with Ryu, Ken, Guile, Charlie, Cammy, and Juri. While it's not really bad when it comes to most shipping wars, it has caused a bit of varied mileages in the fandom. The various Street Fighter anime from the '90s (and to a lesser extent the manga) have helped Ryu, Ken, and Guile in this regard. Though while they are only good friends in the series one of the reasons why Ryu is fairly popular in this regard is that unlike the other three men mentioned here Ryu is the only one who's still alive and not Happily Married. This is justified in the case of Charlie since the official storyline states that they posed as husband and wife while traveling in search of Bison during Alpha.
  • Mainstream Obscurity: Even those who haven't played this know it as the grandfather of the modern fighting game.
  • Memetic Badass:
  • Memetic Molester:
    • Zangief is half-man, half-chest hair, is Friend to All Children, and has a primarily hug-based moveset. Do the math.
    • Bison. Why else would a super-powerful man get twelve beautiful teenage girls brainwashed into becoming his Bodyguard Babes, huh?
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales:
    • Hilariously, Brazilian players adore Blanka and actually are disappointed that he's not a native Brazilian.
    • Guile edges on being a parody of the United States and its militaristic culture, yet he's still highly beloved by American players.
  • Narm: M. Bison's ending in Super Street Fighter II. He manages to Take Over the World, with creepy music and graphics... and then the narration asks "WILL ANYONE EVER DEFEAT THIS EVIL SCUM BAG???", making it pretty hard to take seriously.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • M. Bison's ending in Super.
    • While most are tame, some of the post-match defeated portraits, particularly the better-drawn ones in Super and Super Turbo, can qualify.
  • Paranoia Fuel: In Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Akuma suddenly sneaks up on Bison and kills him before challenging you to a fight. It's well known for being a completely unexpected "Holy shit!" moment. But when you think about it, knowing Akuma's motives in hindsight, he may have been keeping tabs on you the entire time, hiding in the dark unnoticed until the boss battle, where he decides to judge you worthy of a duel to the death. And if you fail to defeat him... well, you might as well sign your own will.
  • Polished Port:
    • The Japanese only Dreamcast version of Super Turbo featured online play and has an unlockable DIP switch menu.
    • The Hyper Street Fighter II port is probably the most beloved version of the game from the pre-HD era, being a smooth PS2 port and featuring the ability to select any version of the characters in the game.
    • Whilst the updated balance in HD Remix proved to be extremely controversial, the updated graphics and soundtrack look and sound gorgeous, and the Classic mode gives access to the final version of Turbo from 1995.
    • Turbo Revival for the GBA, surprisingly. Despite having to cram a 6-button fighter on a system with only 4, the gameplay is still surprisingly fluid (helped by a optional "Easy Control" mode that simplifies special moves). Not to mention that it sports exclusives stages for many fighters (even Akuma, who also now has a Super—the Shun Goku Satsu) plus you can even unlock Shin Akuma. The music, though, pales in comparison to the arcade and even the SNES port.
    • The port of Super Street Fighter II Turbo found on Street Fighter Anniversary (PS2, Xbox) features the remixed music from the 3DO port, but better controls due to having six buttons instead of five (or three, in the case of the original 3DO controller).
  • Porting Disaster:
    • While the simplified moves and character lineup (only nine characters) of the Game Boy port can be forgiven due to the systems obvious limitations, the unresponsive controls, single digit framerate and slow as molasses physics utterly destroy the gameplay, leaving it a barely playable mess.
    • Not the whole game, but the Sega Genesis port of Super Street Fighter II had horrible music. Quite pathetic considering the earlier Special Champion Edition had music that was very faithful to the CPS1 original music, even with the Genesis' limited sound hardware.
    • Zigzagged with the 3DO port of Super Street Fighter II Turbo. While the graphics are far more accurate to the arcade version than other ports and features excellent music, the game loads when you jump. Though the loading times are faster than expected for a game of its era, they are still slow loading times and interfer with player controls, rendering it nearly unplayable unless you are playing single player. The score system is also not accurate in the least and backgrounds don't scroll. Then there's the censorship of blood and bruises.
    • The MS-DOS version of Super Turbo had controls that worked pretty well...for the menus, moving, and jumping. But for most keyboards and fast computers, the controls for fighting were crippled. Whether you're mashing the designated keys like a maniac or steadily pressing one at a time, it can still take a long time to get the game to register and carry out your attack. There is also the fact that the copy protection system for earlier versions didn't even correspond to the right words in the manual that you were supposed to type without a patch.
    • As touched upon here by tournament legends John Choi and Mike Watson, the PS1 and Saturn version of Super Turbo from the Street Fighter Collection introduced several bugs not present in the original arcade version that had a significant and overall negative impact on the balance of the game.
    • The Xbox Live Arcade version of Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting. It's based on the Street Fighter Collection 2 port made originally for the Saturn and PS1, itself another example of this trope. Not only was this version much more laggy than the original arcade version, but the balance was changed considerably for the worse as certain combos and techniques no longer worked. Online play was even worse, as matches had a random chance of desyncing and forcing people into waiting practically an entire minute just for the game to return to the lobby or online menu. It was also possible to de-select your character at the select screen, and since it took a long time for the "Start Match" confirmation to pop up, this usually led to constant counter-picking attempts that could last for several minutes.
    • The 30th Anniversary Collection made by Digital Eclipse contains emulations of all the original arcade-released games, but with noticeably flawed emulation quality including issues such as increased input lag. These problems also extend to its online functionality, which runs on save states so there is no way to actually select a stage. Hope you like only seeing E. Honda's bathhouse if you play Hyper Fighting. Super Turbo actually has it even worse. It has more save states (thus more available stages), but if you somehow get Zangief's stage, then the save state has the Turbo setting inexplicably set at the wrong speed: 1 setting higher than the default. It is widely considered one of the worst ways to play Super Turbo in any online capacity.
  • Recurring Fanon Character: One of Ryu's winquotes states "You must defeat Sheng Long to stand a chance!". Players immediately began to speculate who Sheng Long was, and it eventually became rumored that Sheng Long was the name of Ryu and Ken's unseen master. Electronic Gaming Monthly seized on this idea and launched an April Fools' issue in which they gave a detailed (and false) description of the absurdly difficult and convoluted way to unlock Sheng Long as a boss. But there was no Sheng Long; Ryu was telling his opponent that to stand a chance, they had to overcome "Sheng Long", which is a translation error for his "Dragon Punch". However, Capcom liked the idea so much that they later introduced Akuma for Super Street Fighter II Turbo. This did not end fan rumors or fanon about Sheng Long, however, and EGM again posted another April Fools' prank for Street Fighter III. Years later, for Street Fighter IV, Capcom finally introduced Ryu and Ken's real master, Akuma's brother Gouken, who had almost all of the abilities that EGM had once claimed Sheng Long had, stated "You must defeat ME to stand a chance!", and had "aka Sheng Long" as one of his equippable titles just to put the issue to bed. Despite all of that, though, Sheng Long is still a popular fanon character and occasionally reappears as an Alter Ego of Gouken, a third brother to himself and Akuma, or a forgotten student who trained alongside them, amongst others.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Yoko Shimomura, the woman behind the music of Super Mario RPG, Parasite Eve, Legend of Mana, Kingdom Hearts and Mario & Luigi, composed almost the entire soundtrack of the original games. The only tracks she didn't do were Sagat's theme and the round start/new challenger jingles.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: If you're playing the Genesis ports, buying a 6-button controller is a must. Using the stock 3-button controller means having to press Start to alternate between punches and kicks.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Zigzagged. A casual gamer playing this after games like Alpha 3, 3rd Strike, or IV may wonder what all the fuss was about, but it's definitely averted in Tournament Play.
  • Sequel Displacement: Before the Internet, you could count the number of people who played the original Street Fighter on one hand. Turns out, it's for the best. These games (or, at least, series of games) are the most well-known games of the Street Fighter franchise; when most people talk about Street Fighter, chances are that they really mean Street Fighter II. It is one of the most innovative and popular video games of all time; it brought the "tournament fighter" genre to the masses and popularized six-button controllers, and its influence has not waned in the years since its debut.
  • Signature Song: Guile's theme from Super Street Fighter II Turbo due to becoming extremely popular as a Memetic Mutation around 2010.
  • Squick: In the games with better animation (SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos, Street Fighter IV), you can see Dhalsim's limbs actually snapping back like a rubber band after doing one of his stretch attacks.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: The original Street Fighter sucks by modern standards and wasn't considered anything fussing about in its day either: two playable characters that are just a few pixels from Palette Swap, unresponsive controls, special moves that rarely if ever work. Street Fighter II, on the other hand, became the Trope Codifier for the Fighting Game genre with better controls, more moves and tons of characters.
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  • Tear Jerker: The True Credits/Staff Roll theme. Even to this day, many people who played this game growing up still get Tears of Joy in their eyes when they hear this.
  • That One Attack:
    • Any player fighting a CPU controlled Ryu, considering that he often spams out more Hadokens at an inhuman rate. Especially if one plays as Zangief.
    • No, Blanka! Not the headbite!
    • Akuma's Zanku Hadoken (the diagonal air fireball) is considered a major reason he's banned in tournaments. The vast majority of the cast just doesn't have a meaningful answer to it: it comes out at an odd angle, Akuma is usually well off the ground when performing the move, it's hilariously safe due to its favorable hitboxes and Akuma being able to trip guard, and moves that normally go through projectiles don't block it. A semi-competent Akuma player can use it to trap and pressure with hilarious ease while the opponent struggles to do anything back.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The eventual fate of Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. Many top players complained that about the balance changes, specifically that these weren't the ones that they suggested. Combine this with the fact that the game never got an arcade port in Japan and you can see why the game failed to replace the original Super Street Fighter II Turbo as the standard for competitive play. Ultra likewise failed to replace original Turbo for similar reasons.
  • Uncanny Valley: Eliza's sprite in Ken's Ending of the original arcade game, looks really out of place compared to Ken. This is due to her sprite not fitting with the rest of the art style in this game. Not to mention her running animation is just a static sprite. The closeup between her and Ken is a bit better though and fits in within the art style. Also overlaps with Off-Model.
  • The Woobie: Cammy learns that she's either Bison's clone or former lover, depending on the version, and the revelation leaves her devastated.
  • Woolseyism:
    • "Vega" is a fairly common Spanish surname, making it somewhat more appropriate for him than the dictatorial Bison. In addition, a "Balrog" is a fictional creature known for being large and monstrous, making it a more fitting name for the ruthless Boxer than for the narcissistic and graceful Claw.
    • Cammy's ending in Super Street Fighter II has Bison claim they were in love rather than her being his clone, with implied brainwashing as the cause and leaving her devastated either way. The American cartoon also used the "brainwashed lovers" plot point, and several fanfic writers have written about the localized revelation or her being his clone AND lover.


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