5/5 Street Fighters We Need More/Less of

So, there hadn’t been much buzz about Street Fighter lately, until Capcom revealed another update to Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade edition was incoming.  

I can’t help but think that is somehow connected to a poll Capcom put out last month, asking for players to vote for their 5 favorite Street Fighter characters.  So, who made you’re top five?  Well, I won’t tell you mine, but I will note 5 of the characters I could stand to see more of, as well as five I could certainly do without.

So, let’s look at the 5 Street Fighters I’d like to see more of, and the 5 that I would like to see less of.

Let’s See More of: Sean

Trained by Ken prior to Street Fighter 3, Sean was a different take on the Ryu/Ken archetype.  Having no fireball, save for one Super Art, Sean relies more on rush-down strategies than other characters of his kind.  Sean wasn’t a great character, but he was a refreshing take on what is otherwise a pretty tiresome concept in the Street Fighter universe.

It would be nice to see him show up more often, as he has been restricted mostly to cameo’s in any series outside of the Street Fighter 3 games.  He takes the bottom of the list though, since there are so many Ryu/Ken type characters out there already.

Let’s See Less of: DeeJay

DeeJay was never a character I understood well.  He’s a Jamaican musician that for some reason enters a fighting tournament… more than once.  Aside from being a stereotypical Jamaican, there was just very little I saw appealing about the character.  He fits the wacky world of Street Fighter well enough, but he doesn’t really have any characters that he interacts with, or gets along with.  His anime movie appearance made him a tad more interesting, and somewhat helpful, but that was a stretch from his in-game interpretations.  It’s not that I dislike DeeJay very much, I could just do without him.

Capcom has let DeeJay participate in 3 of the 5 major series in the franchise (Super Street Fighter 2, Street Fighter Alpha 3, and  Super Street Fighter 4), and I’m really not sure why.

Let’s See More of:  Urien

Urien was a very interesting addition to the cast in Street Fighter 3 Second Impact.  He was Gil’s brother, who was tasked with aiding in his plans, but secretly harbored his own ambitions as well.  Though he isn’t the only villainous character in the franchise trying to play for his own ends, he predates many of them (see C. Viper and Juri for examples).  His playstyle is also unique, allowing him to cover most angles of the screen at any particular point.  His trademark Aegis Reflector was also a unique Super Art that a player could build a variety of strategies around.

Urien did reappear in the free-to-play Street Fighter X Megaman, but has not made a fighting game return since Street Fighter 3 Third Strike.  However, Seth does use a couple of his moves in Street Fighter 4.

Let’s See Less of: Juri

Juri is a Korean girl that was a subject of some of SIN’s experiments. Unlike Cammy or the dolls (such as Juni or Juli), however, the experiments on Juri made her unstable.  This definitely makes Juri an interesting character.  Her Taekwondo moves also make her an interesting playstyle also that I actually kind of like.

Her personality and voice, however, are very grating.  Filling the quota for insanity in Super Street Fighter 4, Juri is constantly taunting opponents and chewing scenery.  Her English dub voice is enough to take a knife to your eardrums, but her Japanese voice is only an improvement in that you can’t understand what she’s saying.  If it weren’t for the few things I like about the character, this one would have scored much higher on the worst list.

Juri only appears in the Street Fighter 4 series, starting with Super Street Fighter 4, but she also appears in Street Fighter X Tekken, indicating she may be sticking around for awhile.

Let’s See More of:  Karin

A manga character who was included into Street Fighter Alpha 3, Karin is a Japanese student and rival of Sakura.  She uses a modified Chinese Kempo style, which resembles Fei Long’s style in many fashions, though still very different.  Though not the only character with rich parents (see Ken Masters), she is the only one that carries the “snooty rich kid” air about her — whether that’s to her benefit or detriment is a matter of opinion.  Still, she is the most unique character to come out of Street Fighter Alpha 3, and was among the strongest fighters in that game as well.

Karin has appeared in every version of Street Fighter Alpha 3, but has not made an appearance or cameo in any other Street Fighter game.  She was a playable character in Capcom Fighting Evolution, representing the Alpha era Street Fighter characters.

Let’s see Less of: Abel

Abel is an amnesiac who wanders around searching for his past.  It’s heavily hinted at that he is another SIN experiment, of the same line as Seth — and possibly Urien and Gil.  While Capcom did good with one amnesiac character before, having another seems redundant.  Abel is clearly painted to be a mirror image of Cammy (with a love for dogs instead of cats), but while Cammy’s history and story is interesting, Abel’s comes off as convoluted and unnecessary.  He clearly exists as some sort of bridge between Street Fighter 2 and 3, but I don’t think Capcom knows exactly how.  He’s French, which implies a connection with Remy from Street Fighter 3, but was also saved by some mysterious military officer, implying a connection to Charlie.  However, with nothing really resolved in the Super Street Fighter 4 storyline, this makes Abel little more than a walking pile of fan service.

Abel debuted and appeared in all versions of Street Fighter 4.  He also appears in Street Fighter X Tekken, which is actually the only version of him I can stand (mostly because this is the only version that can pronounce ‘Marseilles’ correctly).

Let’s See More of:  Charlie (Nash)

Charlie is a United States Air Force officer who was both friend and mentor to Street Fighter regular Guile.  In Street Fighter 2, Charlie was little more than a name, as it was revealed Guile’s goal in that games was to avenge Charlie’s death.  Charlie was made a playable character in the Alpha series, where we learn the how and why of his ultimate demise (if you play through Guile’s campaign anyway).  While Charlie’s playstyle isn’t dramatically different from Guile’s, Charlie does have a certain style and flair that is very distinctive from Guile.  He also has the Sonic Barrage, which sends multiple Sonic Booms at his opponent, an attack Guile never bothered to pick up.

Unlike most of the characters on this list though, Charlie has shown up in more than his fair share of games.  Appearing in X-men VS Street Fighter and Marvel VS Capcom 2.  Also, a character resembling Charlie, named Shadow, also appears in Marvel Super Heroes VS Street Fighter and Marvel VS Capcom as an assist.  He is also the only other Street Fighter entrant in the shoot-em-up Cannon Spike (alongside Cammy).

So, why should he make a comeback?  Well, mostly because Capcom can’t seem to help but tease over and over that Charlie somehow survived.  This was implied slightly from Remy having a similar fighting style to Charlie and Guile in Street Fighter 3, and Abel reveals that he was helped and trained by a US military officer after he escaped SIN in Street Fighter 4.  Capcom just needs to get on with it and put Charlie back in the main series again instead of taunting everyone with it.

Let’s See Less of:  C. Viper

Viper is a character I have wanted to like.  She was the series first female villain, and one that presumably can match even Ryu in a fight (albeit with technological help).  She’s a mother and a fighter, who treats her job with SIN and the CIA as little more than a job.  She’s probably the most complex character in the Street Fighter universe.

However, there is such a thing as too much complexity.  The character presumably wears so many hats, but none of them seem to affect the character while wearing other hats.  When working for SIN, she’s obedient and ruthless; when working for the CIA she’s straight forward and determined; when interacting with her child, she’s attentive and caring.  None of these overlap at any point, and you don’t get the feeling this character is stressed in any fashion, which a real-life woman would be at least to some degree.  It’s like she’s a female empowerment package that went overboard.

C.Viper is the first Street Figher 4 character to cross into another series, appearing in Marvel VS Capcom 3.  She was left out of Street Fighter X Tekken’s cast however, which makes me think Capcom is not thrilled with the character much anymore either.

Let’s See More of:  Ingrid

A character that has been lost to the annals of Capcom fighting history.  Her premier game was the never released Capcom Fighting All-Stars.  Her first retail appearance was the poorly received Capcom Fighting Evolution, and only entered into the Street Fighter series afterward in the PSP version of Street Fighter Alpha 3 (referred to as Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX).  Admittedly, I know very little about Ingrid herself.  She’s apparently a god-like figure in the Street Fighter universe, though why she decides to fight a bunch of mortals is never really explained.  Having not played as her I can’t really speak for her fighting style either.

This is the primary reason, however, we need to see more of her, since she’s a character not many have seen or even heard of.  Her design and backstory make for what sounds like a very unique and interesting change of pace for the Street Fighter universe, and I would love to see more.

Let’s See Less of:  Evil Ryu

Evil Ryu is an evil version of Ryu — who knew?  So, it’s Ryu if he gave into the power of the Satsui No Hadou that threatens to tear him apart.  That’s the biggest problem I have with the character — if Ryu gave in.  At no point in the series does he fully lose control, Street Fighter 4 being the closest he gets to this.  Therefore, Evil Ryu doesn’t technically exist, and therefore isn’t really a character in the series.  Even if he had given in, he’d still just be Ryu with a new found thirst for man-flesh.

Even in comparing him to other Ryu/Ken characters, he doesn’t provide much that Ryu or Akuma don’t already provide — essentially being Ryu with Akuma’s signature Shun Goku Satsu attack.  There’s really no reason Evil Ryu needs to be a separate character.  An alternate costume will service just as well.

Evil Ryu has appeared in Street Fighter Alpha 2, 3, and Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade edition, as well as the Capcom VS SNK games, and that’s much more that he really should have.

Agree?  Disagree?  Have Street Fighter characters you miss or can’t stand?  Let me know in the comments below!

I’ve jabber-jawed long enough.  Next post will be the long awaited part 4 of Musou Missives!

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