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  • Accidental Innuendo:
    Guile: "Bison's ass is mine!"
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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Vega tenses up when Bison spies on Chun-Li and comments on her beauty, with some thinking he was jealous and hateful of her because he wanted Bison's attention instead.
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  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Chun-Li's shower scene became the most talked about scene in the movie, particularly with U.S. audiences, as animated depictions of nudity were relatively new to them at that time. Furthermore, this scene occurred before the rise of Rule 34.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Zangief and Blanka's match, while fun to watch, has nothing to do with the plot. In addition, it and they are never mentioned again, and the scene cuts away before we even get to see who wins.
  • Complete Monster: Bison is the leader of Shadowlaw, a criminal organization which trades weapons and drugs worldwide. In the past, he killed Chun-Li's father and Guile's Air Force partner, an event he fondly remembers. Seeking strong soldiers, he sends out human-like Monitor Cyborgs to find powerful martial artists, kidnapping them and using his Psycho Power to brutally brainwash them into obeying him, sending them out to cause crime. After seeing Ryu beat Sagat, he proceeds to hunt him down to make him his slave, later sending Vega to kill Chun-Li when he finds out she's investigating him. Deciding to make Ken his slave, Bison kidnaps and brainwashes him into obeying him, pitting him against Ryu so that he can take him to be brainwashed as well, ordering Sagat to murder Cammy and Vega for failing him. After beating up Guile till he's barely able to fight, he tosses Ken aside once he regains his memories so he can fight Ryu. When defeated, Bison attempts to run Ryu down with a truck.
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Imagine if Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie were rewritten, by casting Ryu and Ken as a pair of combat waitresses, one of whom becomes an Ascended Extra and gets brainwashed by the main antagonist as a means of getting to her best friend/rival. In 1996, KSS made a 3-part OVA series that was pretty close to it.
  • Ho Yay: With all the Friendship Moment's via flashbacks they get, and Ken's constant yearning for Ryu to return... yeah, Ken isn't fooling anyone, except for Ryu who wants to walk it off. That said scenes come off as more romantic than any scene with his canon girlfriend Eliza doesn't help either (one of those flashbacks even happen when Ken is driving Eliza back home!). And then there's the entire "I Know You Are in There Somewhere" Fight in the climax, Ken coming to Ryu's rescue, and their team up against Bison all set in the Japanese track to cheesy ballads and Itohisa.
  • Memetic Mutation: Bison's Big "YES!"! (no, not that "Yes!").
  • Older Than They Think: Street Fighter II: The Manga introduced the concept of Bison brainwashing Ken before this movie did.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The film's producers tried to fit in all sixteen fighters from Super Street Fighter II into the film somehow, so a few of them had to get the short end of the stick. For example, the aforementioned fight between Blanka and Zangief bears no significance to the plot, and several fan favorites became bit players.note  Since Capcom announced Super Street Fighter II Turbo shortly after production of the film began, the animators included Akuma as a cameo to avoid shoehorning his presence into the film.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Bryan Cranston, Hollywood star known for his lead roles in Breaking Bad and Malcolm in the Middle, as Fei Long.
  • Signature Scene:
    • Everyone remembers the opening fight between Ryu and Sagat for its climactic atmosphere, Chun-Li's fight with Vega for its violence, and the final battle of Ryu and Ken vs. Bison for its great animation and iconic use of "Itoshisa To Setsunasa To Kokoro Tsuyosa To" as the Theme Music Power-Up.
    • The shower scene, due to the fact that Chun-Li is naked and lacks Barbie Doll Anatomy.
  • Woolseyism:
    • Guile and Ken's speech patterns were made more informal in the English dub, along with American colloquialisms to add to their personalities.
    • The use of Grunge music in Ken's scenes set in Seattle is very much fitting, as the Grunge scene had its start in Seattle, even using Seattle-based band Alice in Chains song "Them Bones". What's more is Street Fighter II, and by extension, the movie, was explicitly set in the early 90's. This further immerses the viewer in the date and time the movie is set in.


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