Street Fighter IV character profiles

Here's a quick rundown of all the characters in Street Fighter IV, along with their defining moves. Note in the move descriptions that whenever an input is labeled "Punch" or "Kick" it means that any of the punch of kick buttons will work. As in classic Street Fighter, the choice of Light, Medium, or Hard punches or kicks determines the speed or range of the special move.


The main man since Street Fighter began. He travels the world only to improve his own fighting skills and chuck about loads of pretty-looking fireballs.

Defining move: Hadoken: Down, Down-forward, Forward + Punch


Ryu’s friend and former training partner. Ken started life as a Ryu clone, but the two diverged with SFII: Championship Edition.

Defining move: Shoryuken: Forward, Down, Down-forward + Punch


Entered the tournament to go after Bison; the man who killed her father. About to be played by Smallville’s Kristin Kreuk in a no-doubt ill-advised movie.

Defining move: Lightning Kick: Hammer Kick repeatedly


The Brazilian Wildman has become something of a comedy character and Dan’s sidekick in Street Fighter IV.

Defining move: Electricity: Hammer Punch repeatedly


Everyone knows, but we’ll tell it again – Balrog was originally a boxer named M. Bison, but Capcom USA feared a possible lawsuit from a certain Mr. M. Tyson, and swapped over the names.

Defining move: Turn Punch: Hold 3 Punches or 3 Kicks and release


A real, live Ninja, Vega fights with a claw and a mask which seems a little unfair, really. Both can be discarded with a Dragon Punch motion, if you’re feeling brave.

Defining move: Diving Claw: Charge Down, then Up + Punch, then Punch when over an opponent


  • Fenix654 - January 17, 2009 6:08 p.m.

    Is seth playable in multiplayer? Because that would be kind of unfair...
  • ROBOKYLE - January 17, 2009 4:36 a.m.

    Don't get me wrong i like the list of characters but i still would have loved to see T.Hawk in the mix as well TENTH!!!!!!
  • Spike_the_Dogg - January 17, 2009 1:41 a.m.

    I can't wait fo this game it is going to be awesome. I also can't wait for the game with all the characters ever in it, maybe DLC though. Still, countin down the days. Oh yeah, NINTH!!!
  • Defguru7777 - January 15, 2009 2:58 a.m.

    I'm not a Street Fighter fan per se. I've watched the animated versions on Sci-Fi, but I haven't played any of the games. But this article really makes me want to play SFIV.
  • AyJay - January 15, 2009 2:48 a.m.

    dammit off by 23 secs
  • TrIp13G - January 15, 2009 2:46 a.m.

    Can't wait to unleash that old Fei Long fire, y'know?
  • lava_lamp - January 15, 2009 2:20 a.m.

    no chuck norris... aw
  • Major_Wuss - January 15, 2009 1:48 a.m.

    FIRST! Great article. I played Super Street Fighter II after hearing it on the podcast, and loved it. Cannot wait for it to come out!
  • oreomonkey - February 22, 2009 5:03 a.m.

    OMG TWELVTH!!!!!!!!! YES! i am AWESOME!!!!
  • apokolypsse - January 17, 2009 12:24 a.m.

    i wonder why they dont bring back (or redo) some of the other characters from the original street fighter like Lee in china or Geki and Retsu from Japan... or instead of Balrog bring back Mike (the one character that would break you with around 3-5 powerful punches but balance him out like they did with other characters from the first game) and Joe was a decent fighter too... i was happy to see Eagle and Birdie return in other SF titles but didnt understand the design disaster that Birdie became though... anyways enough nostalgia and all that, i can maybe hold out some hope on one of those aforementioned characters being apart of some future dlc... maybe even a hint at a crossover character from the SNK lot or perhaps even a new Rival Schools / Project Justice character like the arrival of Kyosuke in CvS2...
  • nudger - January 15, 2009 3:32 p.m.

    SEVENTH! See I can be a retard like some of the people commenting here too!
  • AyJay - January 15, 2009 2:46 a.m.

    THIRD! that artwork looks epic

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