12 fighters we'd like to see in Super Street Fighter IV

Earlier this week, publisher Capcom announced that Super Street Fighter IV, an expanded, stand-alone follow-up to this year’s fighting megahit, will arrive in stores sometime in 2010. Aside from tweaking the gameplay (like every Street Fighter expansion before it), the new game will introduce around eight “new” characters, some of which - like Korean fighter Juri – will be genuinely new. But Street Fighter fans can expect to see a few familiar faces as well, including old hands T. Hawk and Dee Jay.

That immediately got us thinking: with at least five characters still unrevealed and a massive roster of untapped fighters to draw on, what other familiar faces might we expect to see in the upcoming not-quite-a-sequel?  It might be a long shot, but the following 12 are old favorites that we hope Capcom’s considering for a current-gen comeback.


Last seen in: Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX (2006)

Lightning-fast and packing an arsenal of rapid-fire combos and close-quarters special moves, the cherry-red ninjitsu practitioner from Final Fight would fit right in with Street Fighter IV’s colorful cast of weirdoes. In experienced hands, he’s among the most relentless fighters in the game, able to string together the kinds of fluid onslaughts that leave timid opponents turtling in the corner during the entire match.

At his best, though, Guy is an acrobatic terror, able to dash past fireballs and flip over the heads of his opponents before grabbing them and slamming them into the ground. He’s overdue for a fresh showing, if only so that more skilled players can have another close-quarters fighter with which to humiliate all those goddamn online Ken players. He’d also make an interesting counterbalance to El Fuerte’s run-and-throw moves, seeing as he’s got a few dashing attacks of his own, although these can often end with an elbow or knee in someone’s face instead of just a flying lariat.


Last seen in: Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike (2000)

While Street Fighter IV’s place in the SF timeline makes this unlikely – it’s set after Street Fighter II, but several years before Street Fighter III – we’ll happily suppress our fanboy anal-retentiveness if bending the rules means seeing a few of SF III’s better characters make the jump to 3D. (Besides, brothers Yun and Yang have already shown up in Chun-Li’s prologue, so it’s not that big a stretch.) As long as we’re wishing, why not start with Elena, a fighter memorable for 1) being the most elaborately animated character in a game known for elaborate animation, and 2) wearing almost nothing and acrobatically showing off her crotch at every opportunity?

Elena was much more than just a bikini-clad tease with impossibly fluid and graceful movements, however. She was also a lot of fun to play, able to chain together quick combos with a fast, kicks-only capoeira fighting style that made her almost the exact polar opposite of Balrog – who she’d be able to fight, if she were to show up in Super SF IV. Also, she’s still the only fighter to ever come from Africa; given Capcom’s recent fascination with that continent (*coughResidentEvil5cough*), we figure she has an even chance of appearing.

Mike Haggar

Last seen in: Final Fight: Streetwise (2006)

Despite being arguably the most beloved character to come out of the Final Fight series, former mayor Mike Haggar is the only one of its three original heroes to never be playable in a Street Fighter game. Sure, he’s showed up in stage backgrounds before, and sure, you can buy his costume for Zangief to wear. But the mustachioed, ass-kicking wrestler-turned-politician has yet to come out of retirement to tangle with the likes of Ryu and M. Bison. Nostalgia for the character aside, Street Fighter IV could certainly use a few more huge, burly wrestler-types to balance out its roster – and besides, it’d give fans of both series the chance to finally see him go toe-to-toe with his former colleague (and imitator) Zangief.

True, it’s been a long time since his glory days, but don’t try to tell us he’s “retired;” thanks to the internet and its rabid lust for ‘80s nostalgia, Haggar’s more popular than he’s been in years. And while his wrestling and political careers might be behind him, he’s been cracking skulls as recently as Final Fight: Streetwise. And after that dismally misguided showing, we figure Capcom owes him a shot at redemption.

Above: This screen isn’t really indicative of the whole game, but only because you can’t hear them yelling ‘SHIT!’ over and over 

Doctrine Dark

Last seen in: Street Fighter EX3 (2000)

A horribly scarred psychopath with a weird vendetta against Guile, Doctrine Dark was one of the more memorable fighters introduced in Street Fighter EX. His design was slick, consisting of heavy-duty commando garb, a respirator mask and wide, staring eyes, and his special moves – which revolved mainly around slashing with hidden knives, tossing out timed landmines and using a length of garotte wire to yank his opponents around, Scorpion-style – were wonderfully nasty and could serve as a sadistic counterbalance to Crimson Viper’s secret-agent gadgets.

Seriously, if there’s one thing Street Fighter IV could use, it’s more villains who employ devious tactics and potentially lethal super moves. Vega’s too silly and Bison’s too beloved, so a genuinely crazy murderer would be an interesting addition to the roster. Besides, we’d like to see his misguided revenge plot against Guile (who he blames for leading his squad into an ambush, during which he was badly disfigured) explored further.


Last seen in: SVC Chaos (2003)

Capcom fans have been ogling Poison’s allegedly gender-confused ass for about 20 years now, since her debut in 1989’s Final Fight. True, Street Fighter IV producer Yoshinori Ono has already said that Poison almost definitely won’t appear in SF IV, as her censorship-created gender issues (jitters about players beating up women turned her into a pre-op transsexual in Japan and a post-op in the US) would make her presence too confusing.

This, however, is a ridiculous argument. Contrary to popular belief, it is entirely possible for fighting-game plots to not focus on a character’s penis (or lack thereof), and it’s high time Poison’s fans finally got a chance to play as the cutoff-clad handcuff fetishist themselves.

Above: And no, the Japan-only Final Fight Revenge shouldn’t count 

Besides, it’s not like Poison is a stranger to the Street Fighter series, having appeared alongside the monstrous wrestler Hugo (in Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact/3rd Strike and SVC Chaos) as his sidekick/manager. But it’s time for her to step outside of his huge, ugly shadow and kick a little ass on her own. We know she can do it – anyone who ever got mobbed by Poison and her clones in Final Fight can attest to that – and if her presence in SSF IV means seeing a few stripper-pole victory dances, well, would that be such a bad thing?

Above: How many of these characters are dudes? (Answer: it doesn’t really matter) 


Last seen in: Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX (2006)

Aw, hell, as long as we’re advocating the return of all the other major Final Fight characters, we might as well include Cody, too. Aside from being able to fire off rapid-fire punch flurries, Cody’s appearance in Alpha 3 revealed him to be a much dirtier fighter than his original, heroic role would have suggested. Prison seems to have changed him, at least to the extent that it taught him how to throw handfuls of rocks, dodge attacks and create tornadoes by punching.

It also taught him that it’s OK to bring a knife to a fistfight, something that – if he were to show up in Super Street Fighter IV – would make him the only character other than Vega to use a blade to extend his reach. Given that Vega’s ability to lose (or just drop) his claw is part of what makes him interesting to play, it seems only right that something similar should be extended to at least one other character.

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  • BlankBrush - September 25, 2010 7:44 p.m.

  • zembadekelly - April 12, 2010 11:13 p.m.

    i don't care what characters are in the game long charlie is in there, and i here if charlie do come back he's going to be with shadow law
  • zembadekelly - April 12, 2010 4:08 p.m.

    where is charlie i no he's not dead bring back charlie will complete ssf4 officially. PLUS I HAVE RIVAL THAT USES CHARLIE THAT MAKE ME HATE HIM EVEN MORE, I JUST WANT TO SEE THERE FACES WHEN I DESTROY THERE FAVORITE CHARACTER. BRING CHARLIE BACK!!!!!!!.
  • ventanger - March 17, 2010 2:43 a.m.

    3 out of 12, that's not very good guessing, haha.
  • Silentcapt2 - March 7, 2010 7:32 p.m.

    Looks like you guys are pretty good at guessing. I am a little shocked nobody thought to put Dudley on the list though. Also, Gil should NEVER be included in a Street Fighter game again... hate that guy. ><
  • boondocks50 - October 15, 2009 7:12 a.m.

    i would love to see sean and urien my 2 favorite characters from all the sf games
  • casan342 - October 12, 2009 5:42 p.m.

    yeah gill a better boss than seth let me be the blesser of all souls
  • SandroTheMaster - October 7, 2009 11:24 p.m.

    Sean and Oro! But please, use the SF3:WI Sean, TS Sean went through a lot of unnecessary nerfs... Seriously. Oro is made of awesome as the stereotypical old guy. A very old guy. (BTW, he's not 1-armed. He just chooses not to use them both to make it fair... yeah... same lame-ass excuse of half the KoF bosses.) And Sean's mix of Shota Karate and Vale-tudo is the shit. Also, any serious Sean player can tell you that a beach-ball is way better than any stupid hadouken (and it came with a damage buff!).
  • XxMrHitDatHoexX - October 7, 2009 1:15 a.m.

    HUGO is the BEST!!!!!! They need him in the new SUPER SF4
  • Heyexclamationpoint - October 6, 2009 4:20 a.m.

  • DoctrineDark - October 5, 2009 11:46 p.m.

    sorry spelled character wrong but yeah Doctrine Dark would be great
  • DoctrineDark - October 5, 2009 11:24 p.m.

    Most definitely my favorite charcater from street fighter ex doctrineDark
  • suicidali - October 5, 2009 9:05 p.m.

    I'm still holding out hope for Mika to appear... By the way, Alex's most recent appearance was Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, not CFE
  • FireTisane - October 5, 2009 3:55 p.m.

    @453 hell no. There's no going back once you have a willy.
  • d3v - October 5, 2009 3:54 p.m.

    D.Dark or any other EX character are unfortnately not owned by Capcom, but by Arika, the company that made the EX games. Also, WTH no Dudley and Makoto?
  • wrapdump - October 5, 2009 12:25 p.m.

    I would actually buy the game again for Elena, one of the most elegant character designs I've ever seen. And she's freaking hot.
  • eltonbm - October 5, 2009 12:15 p.m.

    Well, this top 12(good idea) have some fantastic ideas, and pretty not-so-good ones. Good: Cody, Guy, R.Mika, Elena, Alex, Birdie, Adon, D.Dark, Ibuki. Bad: Haggar, Gill, Poison. Poison could be a cloth for Viper, perfect, even better if they put her win pose too, pole or finger pointing! Gill isn´t fun to play, from SF3 Universe, I really think Sean or Makoto are better choices. SF is not a very good place for ladies, but If Sakura made it, and if any of the FF fighters show up, why forget a good series as Rival Schools? WE have there very good fighters, like Zaki and Akira. From EX, Volcano Rosso(really nasty strikes and a uncommon style), Skullomania(very good character to cover ground fast, risky but great), Pullum(feet strykes from Cammy, Ryu and others, she is not a bad character, but the design could use some work, but just imagining that ink-filter in her kicks, we could build art painted in blood and black) But the real charm in SSFIV beside the new dolls could be the TAG-TEAM from EX3. A more fluid one, but a tag team mode, with some special changes could insert a fantastic mode in that well build brawler. Oh, and change the meny to bigger letters, it´s horrible in common TV´s
  • Cernunnos - October 5, 2009 10:34 a.m.

    out of all those, guy is the only one i really wanna see in SFIV. bring back charlie damnit! one of the be(a)st fighters in MvC. captcha: blazonry nixes
  • Amnesiac - October 4, 2009 5:54 a.m.

    More R. Mika please.
  • super0sonic - October 4, 2009 5:23 a.m.

    I really would like to see some Poison. That image there is dreamy.