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Hakan, the oily wrestler revealed in Super SFIV

The final newcomer in Capcom's update to Street Fighter IV was revealed last night during one of the company's underground "Fight Clubs," confirming internet speculation that it was a bright red wrestling maniac who douses himself in oil before each fight. Hakan hails from Turkey, and comes complete with some of the weirdest moves of all time.


Above: Hakan's fighting style is "Turkish Oil Wrestling," which is real!

His bizarre appearance and reliance on silly sqeeze moves suggests Hakan is a "joke" character, more meant for the lulz than serious competition. Members of uber-community Shoryuken.com were on hand to give Hakan a test fight, and decided he was in fact, semi-lame. That's when Street Fighter extraordinaire (and friend to GamesRadar) Seth Killian stepped up and stomped the naysayers with Hakan's strange repertoire of well-lubricated fisticuffs. So, he's probably pretty good after all.

Above: But yes, he is also very weird

Most of Hakan's moves revolve around grappling (like Zangief) but he has the added benefit of pouring oil over his entire body (activated as a special move). Once oiled, his damage increases and, best of all, his range damn near doubles, meaning you can pull off a 360-degree mega-throw from a huge distance. We're already stoked to see how expert players use this technique to beat down lifelong vets who refuse to give up Ryu.

Above: Hakan's slide hits once moving forward, then slips back around for a second smash

Hakan's reveal completes Super Street Fighter IV's lineup of 10 new challengers, bringing the total number of playable characters to 35. Below we have the trailer reveal, which should further illustrate just how whacked-out Hakan really is.

Above: Super serious

Super Street Fighter IV launches on April 27.

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13 comments

  • philipshaw - March 11, 2010 2:15 p.m.

    Looks cool, SSF4 might get me back into SF again
  • Cyberninja - March 10, 2010 11:05 p.m.

    wow final it looks like a character i would be good at using
  • bonerachieved - March 10, 2010 11 p.m.

    Those character animations are fantastic haha.
  • FalconMbuster - March 10, 2010 9:47 p.m.

    @Geminiman82 Stretchy Yoga man. Electrified Green Beast Man. Man with boxing gloves... and stately dress and mustache. What made you think they were even going in that direction? The cartoony/painted art style should've been a dead give away, too. Anyone think the singing sounded like Yakko from the Animaniacs?
  • mEgAzD - March 10, 2010 9:34 p.m.

    I love this characters already. And I love all those haters who love to hate. "I love my daughters. They are all so pretty"
  • Geminiman82 - March 10, 2010 8:52 p.m.

    Hakan is going to be a sick player to use but as a character...he's kinda lame. I thought the DEVs were going for a more mature style game. Personally, I hate zany, wacky or funny characters...maybe that's just me
  • DeathandBlackMetal4 - March 10, 2010 8:39 p.m.

    This guy looks like a crappy waste of space, why not a greasy girl? I don't want to play as a greasy dude.
  • cronoman66 - March 10, 2010 8:23 p.m.

    he looks...zany, but the good kinda zany, not El Fuete zany, its good that theres another grappler to combat the Gief. im not sure I like the ultra where they slide along the floor as they are hitting the game wall which in most of the levels is an invisible wall so it looks a bit weird
  • KiwiCommander - March 10, 2010 8:20 p.m.

    AWESOME, cant wait to play him. Too bad no Karin.
  • Ampatent - March 10, 2010 7:38 p.m.

    Oddly enough, I'm more interested in the background music... that pseudo middle eastern sounding mix.
  • VercettisShirt - March 10, 2010 7:37 p.m.

    I look forward to seeing the new character intro/outro's FIRST!!!
  • 5DollarFootlong - March 10, 2010 7:33 p.m.

    I don't understand why so many people are hating on Hakan. I think he's a great addition to the roster. Everyone was hating on Rufus when he was introduced in SF4, and look what happened: he turned out to be one of the best characters in the game. Hakan is so unique and looks so fun to play. Also, that ultra trap is gonna be a bitch.
  • ventanger - March 10, 2010 7:25 p.m.

    A part of me wishes the 10th would have been R Mika instead of this weird new creation... you can guess what part that is.

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