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Top 10 Street Fighter Characters

VO: Dan Paradis
Script written by Nick Williams Everything’s fair in a street fight, even if we’re talking stretchy limbs or fireballs. Join WatchMojo.com as we countdown our picks for the Top 10 Street Fighter Characters. For this list, we picked the best and most iconic warriors to have graced Capcom’s Street Fighter series, based on their popularity and backstory. And just so you know, we’re not picking these fighters based on who you should pick in a fighting game tournament, because everyone has their own personal fighting style. Special Thanks to our users "Son-of-Adam" "cjgumpy82" "Shaahaab" for suggesting this topic on our Website WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Nick Williams

Top 10 Street Fighter Characters


Everything’s fair in a street fight, even if we’re talking stretchy limbs or fireballs . Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be counting down the Top 10 Street Fighter Characters.

For this list, we picked the best and most iconic warriors to have graced Capcom’s Street Fighter series, based on their popularity and backstory. And just so you know, we’re not picking these fighters based on who you should pick in a fighting game tournament, because everyone has their own personal fighting style.


#10: Zangief


Covered in scars from his days wrestling bears in Mother Russia, The Red Cyclone, as he calls himself, is a mountain of a man with an arsenal of devastating grappling-based moves. Whether you’re using his infamous spinning piledriver or lariat attacks, Zangief is a character who does his damage up close. His lack of range might be seen as a detriment in a game where long-range fireballs are the norm, but in the hands of a skilled player, Zangief has all the necessary tools to lay a colossal beating on his adversaries.


#9: Vega
Japan Name: Balrog


One of M.Bison’s most loyal cronies, Vega is an eccentric Cage Fighter who uses his trademark claw and agility to gracefully bounce around the stage, attacking from all angles. Vega is especially notable for not only being one of the first Street Fighter characters to possess a weapon, but also for being able to use his caged arena as a tool towards victory. Vega’s vanity also shows as he wears a mask to protect his face’s beauty. Though that thing can be easily smashed when defeated.

#8: Dhalsim


A peaceful yoga master who enters the Street Fighter tournament to raise money for his village, Dhalsim offers players perhaps the most unique fighting style in the entire series. With limbs that can stretch almost halfway across the screen, Dhalsim seems somewhat overpowered at first. However, his attack range come at a cost of extremely slow movement and jumping speed, Though this is remedied by his ability to teleport around the arena. In the hands of a pro Dhalsim can be unstoppable.


#7: Sagat


Originally the final boss in the first Street Fighter game, this guy is known as the “Emperor of Muay Thai” in his home country, Thailand. Though immensely powerful, Sagat suffered several defeats as evidenced by his missing eye, along with the giant scar on his chest, which he received at the hands of one of Ryu’s legendary Shoryuken. An important piece of the Street Fighter story, Sagat is an exceptionally dominant character who uses a combination of knee strikes, uppercuts and fireballs to fell his opponents.


#6: Cammy


First introduced in “Super Street Fighter II” as a new playable character, Cammy is formerly one of M.Bison’s minions who lost her memory and was then recruited by the British Secret Service. Despite questions surrounding her hyper-sexualized image, Cammy remains one of the most popular characters in the Street Fighter Universe. Agile and speedy, Cammy is a deadly assassin that’s adept at striking her foes with quick flurries of punches and kicks, leaving them unable to respond before the fight is already over.


#5: Blanka


Mutated during a freak lightning storm and subsequent plane crash that trapped him in the middle of a Brazilian rain forest, Blanka is one of the strangest looking and therefore more recognizable characters in the Street Fighter Series. With his ability to conduct electricity and launch himself around the stage like a cannonball, Blanka possesses a unique fighting style that can be difficult to defend. Blanka just wants to find his birth mother, which is why he decides to travel and fight around the world. Makes sense.


#4: M. Bison
Japan Name: Vega


Every fighting game series needs a main villain, and M. Bison certainly fits the bill. Possessing the ability to harness a mysterious energy known as ‘psycho power,’ M. Bison is evil personified—a dictator and controller of an ominous crime syndicate bent on ruling the world called ‘Shadaloo.’ Pretty much every non-evil participant in the Street Fighter tournament is out to get M.Bison for one reason or another, but with punishing full-screen attacks, flying head stomps, and the ability to teleport, M. Bison won’t be easily thwarted.


#3: Guile


The quintessential American bad-ass, Guile has a small special move set, limited basically to his ‘Sonic Boom’ projectile and ‘Flash’ anti-air kick. What he lacks in versatility, Guile makes up for with strong, powerful blows and a nearly unparalleled projectile game. Known for his trademark blonde flat-top and for having been portrayed by noted non-American Jean-Claude Van Dam in the Street Fighter Movie, Guile is on a one-man mission to defeat M.Bison and avenge the death of his fallen comrade.


#2: Chun-Li


Chun-Li was the first playable woman warrior in the Street Fighter series, and remains the most iconic. Chun-Li is a hardened INTERPOL agent who enters the tournament to track down her father’s murderer, the dastardly M. Bison. Chun-Li set a standard for female protagonists in video games, and proved that women can be a formidable badasses. She appears in nearly every iteration of the StreetFighter series, and with a powerful arsenal of kicks and fireballs, and the ability to wall jump off the side of the screen, she makes for an agile opponent.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

Fei Long


E. Honda


Balrog
Japan name: M.Bison


Akuma


#1: Ryu


Ryu is the unquestionable face of the Street Fighter franchise, Though you can also pretty much count Ken here as well since they share the same fighting technique. Sporting plain attire and a plain personality, Ryu might seem a little non-descript at first. Yet you can’t play street fighter online without running into a million Ryu and Ken players, and that’s because they’re perfectly designed – powerful and simple, with deadly combos and attacks to beat down any combatant daring to step up.


Agree with our list? Who’s your go to character for Street Fighter? Our producer’s is Hakan, so obviously not everyone is going to have their favourite here. Still for more bone-crushing top 10s published daily, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.
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