Top 7... weirdest Street Fighter insults

When it hit arcades back in 1991, Street Fighter II: The World Warrior instantly perfected two things: balanced martial-arts fighting that let players choose from a variety of wildly different styles, and trash talking. Arcade gamers at the time didn't even need to insult their would-be challengers after brutalizing them onscreen; their characters did it for them, delivering the dis with a finesse that soon became legendary. For Street Fighter fans, some of the things that their favored fighters said would be etched forever into their minds, and not just because they were repeated over and over again after each match.

No, those victory insults were part of what made each fighter cool - and they were weird. With Street Fighter IV on the way and a full five days of SF retrospectives kicking off on GamesRadar this week, we can't think of a better time to look back at some of the most memorably strange put-downs to come from the series over the years.

Stretchy-limbed yogi Dhalsim is usually portrayed as a pacifist in Street Fighter canon, but going by that terse victory speech, he's one angry pacifist. He's so angry, in fact, that after pummeling poor Blanka into sad-eyed submission, he's going to go and meditate - an activity normally meant to bring calm and clarity to its practitioners - and then, when he's done, he's going to come out and destroy Blanka. Utterly destroy him. Because dammit, just cracking his dumb mutant skull from across the screen wasn't enough.

And hey, while we're on the subject of pacifism, check out those skulls. You know many pacifists who walk around with human skulls dangling from their necks? We don't care how he came by them (Wikipedia says they belong to children from his village who died in a plague), wearing human remains around your neck is hardcore. And creepy as hell. When you step into a ring with that, it does not say "gentle pacifist who fights without malice." It says "batshit loonball fire-breathing cannibal who will slowly tug out your still-beating heart while moaning 'Kali-maaa' in a menacing baritone."

With that in mind, we don't want to see what's going to happen when he meditates and "destroys" us. We just want to get the hell out of India and fight someone who's not completely psychotic.


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  • MacGyver1138 - December 4, 2008 6:58 p.m.

    I remember that voice! How difficult would it have been to get someone who could speak English to recite that line? And if there weren't subtitles, I wouldn't have any idea that he said, "Kiddo," because it sounds like "kidu."
  • Blastotron - December 4, 2008 3:02 a.m.

  • Kipp56 - April 24, 2009 5:03 a.m.

    I don't know about you guys, but that voice had me laughing my ass off for a good 5 minutes! Also, that last quote wouldn't have made any real sense even if it had been translated properly, so it's probably just as well that they messed up. It's also good to know that I'm not the only one who's creeped out/ afraid of Dhalsim.
  • Coolnama - February 23, 2009 3 a.m.

    Did you notice that Dhalism's skulls are smiling :O Recaptcha: Federation 11 ? O_O xD
  • jdog2491 - February 22, 2009 12:39 p.m.

    good article just bought street fighter IV yesterday and Akuma would totally smack a baby
  • sofaku - February 16, 2009 3:33 a.m.

    nice article that was hilarious!!!
  • Synster - April 11, 2009 4:03 a.m.

    "Is it a bear"? "OH BOY OH BOY OH BOY" "WRESTLE!" God that's hilarious. "Does it have Arms?" "Good Point" "It /Must/ be a Bear!" "WRESTLE!" And that 1987 voice really would make me go after it till' I beat the pulp out of it multiple times. I see what you mean.
  • Killing_Shadows - March 1, 2009 12:37 p.m.

    Lmao, Honda is so fat. I'm pretty sure Akuma would smack a baby, he's evil enough to do it just to prove a point. WTF's up with the bomb?
  • MoonPig - February 26, 2009 6:46 p.m.

    "i will meditate then stroy u." ROFL! Pure breed ROFL!
  • gbiZZle08 - February 24, 2009 6:26 p.m.

    i wish street fighter 4 still used akuma's baby smacking quote
  • charley235 - February 23, 2009 9:46 p.m.

    what's wrong with smacking babies?
  • The_Lurcher - February 23, 2009 9:30 p.m.

    great article was laughing all the way through it. did anybody actualy manage to do the April Fools joke?
  • Mr.Epic64 - February 14, 2009 10:54 a.m.

    Nis Trii Kidu.