With Ultra Street Fighter IV coming out soon I have been in a mood to play more lately, but for some reason everyone laughs at my character choice, but I cannot figure out why. Too many characters in this franchise go unnoticed, completely underrated, and it is time to change that! These are the best of the underappreciated Street Fighter characters.
A secret character in Street Fighter EX, this rich girl fights to learn how to protect her loved ones, which is noble. This European bombshell certainly capitalized on the sexy in the Street Fighter games, but she also appears in another Japanese game called Fighting Layer. Blair is well educated and spends her free time traveling around the world with her bodyguard C. Jack—who is cool in his own right—finding new opponents to fight. With some practice, Blair can be a cool character to play, quick with a low defense, but be careful, this princess hates to lose.
Rose was not only the third female character inserted into the Street Fighter franchise, she is also the possessor of her own magical energy called soul power. This world-traveling fortuneteller seeks to use her magic to rid the world of M. Bison, considering him to be pure evil. This poor woman just can’t seem to get the job done, even after being possessed by Bison, but luckily, Guy is there to save her, which is also one of the few things that keeps Rose from being one of the strongest female characters in the franchise. Rose has made several appearances, and players who can master her reflects are more than formidable.
No one should let Rufus’ appearance fool them, he is a skilled martial artist and I will destroy anyone with him. He may be skilled, but no one has ever accused him of being the smartest. Rufus takes great offense to Ken Masters calling himself the best fighter in American, and he is trying to find the man to defeat him, but keeps confusing other fighters for Ken. Rufus started off as a joke, similar to Dan, originally designed to be a black break-dancing martial artist who was drastically changed and rushed. He is often compared to Bob from Tekken, but this joke became one of the better new characters of the series.
Q is possibly the strangest Street Fighter character ever created. Whomever or whatever Q is, he hides his identity behind a trenchcoat, hat, and a metal mask. The mystery of this character extends even to his move set, the names of which are closer to actions than traditionally named techniques. One of his finishers actually looks like he uses his crotch to attack opponents, and it ends with an explosion. I am guessing the programmers had an off day on that one. However strange, Q is actually an incredible character to fight as, extremely deadly in the right hands.
Rolento F. Schugerg is a former boss from the Final Fight series who has trouble accepting defeat, so much so that he would rather blow himself up than lose, which is why he was cut from the American versions of his original Final Fight appearance. He has not changed much over the years, still trying to rebuild his army to take over Metro City, and eventually the world. Rolento’s use of his stick and grenades makes him a force to be reckoned with, but if he ever gives anyone grief, all they need do is remind this menace that his name was originally supposed to be Laurence. That’s right, Rolento was a mistranslation.
Sean Matsuda is a young Brazilian who was inspired to compete by watching Ken Masters, and spends most of his on screen time attempting to prove himself worthy. Although he eventually does become Ken’s disciple, he is constantly defeated and told that he needs to create his own style. Sean is a shotokan fighter though, and quicker than most of his ilk. His greatest weakness is being attacked while attacking, and that haircut. In his first iteration, Sean was a fan favorite, but future versions of the fighter were considerably depowered. A return to his original grandeur and an updated story could make Sean an easy favorite again.
Possibly my favorite grappling character in Street Fighter history, Hakkan is a Turkish oil wrestler with a lot of personality. His fighting style, Yağlı güreş, involves Hakkan covering himself with oils so that he can slide around on the stage and propel his opponents out of his grapples, which just looks plain odd. Street Fighter producers were originally concerned that American audiences would take Hakkan’s oil wrestling background and turn it into homophobic jokes, but apparently the answer to that was to make the red skinned fighter a father of seven, give him a hot wife, and a highly successful company. Hakkan loves to fight, but his real goal is developing the perfect olive oil. Okay.
Elena is a capoeira master, which means she defeats her opponents by only using her legs. Her unique fighting style helps her stand out, but it is her ability to heal that draws many players in. Following in her father’s footsteps, Elena is concerned about her education at the Japanese school she attends, but still finds time to fit some fighting in her schedule. Elena seems to fall short with many of the Street Fighter games, always missing the cut and being added in as DLC later, or left out all together. I am glad to see that she will be joining the roster in the upcoming Ultra Street Fighter IV.
Dudley is nothing but pure class, which is why no one should ever compare him to that other Street Fighter boxer. Every character has their reasons for fighting, for joining these tournaments, but Dudley may have the strangest. Whether it is to find a car or searching for the perfect rose for his garden, Dudley is ready to do battle, in his own refined way, simply seeking perfection. Dudley is much easier to control than his charge character counterpart and many of his moves are in homage to a manga called Ashita No Joe. He is also one of the few characters with a main attack that involves letting his opponent hit him in the face.
Okay, so he is a joke by the creators to make fun of SNK, and his first art appearance was of him being severely beaten by Sagat—fine. Oh, he has a pathetic fireball and some of the silliest poses in any fighting game ever? Whatever, those are not good reasons to hate Dan Hibiki! Everyone likes an underdog though, and thankfully one of the executive producers of Street Fighter IV insisted on his inclusion in the game, and that he could be a legitimate character. Joke or not, Dan is a still a shotokan fighter, and should be feared in the right hands. Few things are worse than being beaten by a man with perfect white teeth, a ponytail, and a pink gi. Give him a shot. After all, Dan just wants the respect he deserves.