The women of Capcom's Street Fighter video game franchise
Having already done an article on "The Best Female Fighters In The History of Video Games" and seeing how some people were disappointed that their favorites weren't included, I thought that I would take the fighting games individually and list some of the most prominent female characters.
Starting out with arguably the most popular video game franchise (at least in fighting games) ever, Street Fighter.
Street Fighter was released by video game developer Capcom in 1987.
This video game franchise not only includes games, but also films, cartoons, anime, manga, card games and role-playing games.
The 1987 arcade game didn't have any women on it at all, we had to wait until Street Fighter II to start seeing the ladies show up.
Of course Chun Li was in my "The Best Female Fighters" Hub because after all, she is the the first female playable character in a fighting game.
The name Chun-Li is Mandarin and means "Spring Beautiful".
In a perhaps realistic quirk of video game character design, Chun-Li has really big thighs.
This could be explained because a lot of her attacks are kicking.
Chun-Li appeared in the 1994 live action film played by Ming Na.
In 2009, she was the main character in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li and she was played by Kristin Kreuk.
The second female fighter in the Street Fighter series, Cammy, also made her appearance in Street Fighter II.
Besides the Street Fighter video game franchise, she has appeared in X-Men vs. Street Fighter, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Capcom vs. SNK, Capcom vs. SNK 2, Cannon Spike, Namco × Capcom and Final Fight: Streetwise.
Her video game character design is a little different from Chun-Li's more muscular appearance.
Cammy is slender and petite, but muscled. She has long blonde hair (usually in two pigtails), blue eyes and a scar on her left cheek.
Cammy also appeared in the 1994 film Street Fighter, played by Kylie Minogue.
Her fighting style is Shadaloo assassination techniques and Special forces training.
Rose made her first appearance in Street Fighter Alpha.
Unfortunately for Rose, she is closely tied to Bison, and a one point, she gets possessed by him after a battle.
Rose also shows up in the 2009 film, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, played by Elizaveta Kiryukhina.
Sakura Kasugano idolizes Ryu and made her first appearance in Street Fighter Alpha 2.
Her fighting style is a self-taught imitation of Ryu's.
Rainbow Mika made her first appearance in Street Fighter Alpha 3.
In the game she is a professional wrestler, and idolizes Zangief.
R.Mika's video game design is...well I think it's just silly.
Karin Kanzuki also appears in Street Fighter Alpha 3, where she is the rival of Sakura.
Basically a spoiled, snotty rich girl, she refers to everyone else as "commoners".
Juni and Juli
Juni and Juli showed up in the arcade version of Street Fighter Alpha 3.
They are twins who are brainwashed female assassins belonging to Bison's Elite Guard or "The Dolls."
By the way, all of The Dolls are named after the months of the year, Juni and Juli are German for June and July.
The blond-haired red-clad female ninjutsu master, Maki first showed up in the SNES fighting game, Final Fight 2.
She made her fighting game debut in Capcom vs. SNK 2, and then the portable versions of Street Fighter Alpha 3.
Ingrid was supposed to appear in the Capcom Fighting All Stars arcade game, but when that was canceled, they moved her to the Capcom Fighting Jam for the arcades and Playstation 2.
She finally wound up in Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX for the PlayStation Portable.
Ibuki is a female ninja (not a lot of those in video games are there?) who first appeared in Street Fighter III.
The capoeira fighter Elena first showed up in Street Fighter III
Makoto first appeared in Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike.
Hokuto first appeared in Street Fighter EX.
The daughter of an Arabian multimillionaire, Pullum Purna first showed up in Street Fighter EX2 Plus.
The daughter of a wealthy European family (why are there so many rich daughters in the Street Fighter series?), Blair Dame first appeared as a secret character in the original Street Fighter EX and a regular character in Street Fighter EX Plus and EX Plus α.
The red-haired Rose made her debut in Street Fighter EX 2. She's a part time nun and part time A-class agent for a secret intelligence group.
At least she's not the daughter of a multi-billionaire.
The younger sister of Hokuto, Nanase first appeared in as a hidden character in Street Fighter EX2 and became a regular character in Street Fighter EX2 Plus and Street Fighter EX3.
The young girl with braided hair, rocket skates, and a giant mechanical arm made her debut in Street Fighter EX2 Plus.
I really think they were starting to run out of ideas here.
A secret agent under the employ of a U.S. government agency, Crimson Viper made her debut in Street Fighter IV.
Fan reaction was somewhat split on this character, with opinions ranging from "ridiculous" to "the best of the new characters".
Part of the reason that she may seem so out of place, is that the video game character design was based on marketing research.
Capcom's R&D branch wanted to know what kind of character an American audience would enjoy playing.
The first Korean character in the Street Fighter series, Juri Han will make her debut in Super Street Fighter IV.
She is also the first character to use taekwondo in the video game franchise.
You'll get to see her on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in Spring 2010.
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Street Fighter Comments
Kaji on December 17, 2013:
I would have voted for Poison.
shin_rocka04 from Maryland on May 09, 2012:
Chun-Li all day everyday. No one can mess with the strongest woman in the world =).
JiveTalkinRobot from California on July 19, 2011:
Cammy is my main! Great hub
SNES Games on April 27, 2010:
I've been playing wow this is an online games, and i pick the wizard online character. Cause its so feminine and i' amaze by its attire.
sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on March 13, 2010:
Greg Roe: Haven't seen it yet. Maybe in the next couple of weeks I'll try to find it.
Greg Roe on March 13, 2010:
Nice, how did you like the movie "Legend of Chun Li?"
Night Vision on March 07, 2010:
Another great list. Nice pictures.
dohn121 from Hudson Valley, New York on October 27, 2009:
I grew on Street Fighter but then stop playing the games all together as I got older (for some reason). With the expansion of so many titles, I had no idea that there were so many female characters! Wow. Thanks for the heads up.