Street Fighter 5: Every Character Confirmed so Far
By Matt Espineli on
A Full Roster (With More Characters on the Way)
One of the most exciting aspects of a new Street Fighter game is who's in it. From Ryu to M. Bison, here's all the confirmed characters in Street Fighter V. With the game out now, we'll also be updating this gallery further with all the post-launch DLC characters. While we're aware that Capcom has already announced the names of these post-launch DLC characters, we'll only be updating the gallery once official images of each have been revealed.
The sadistic Taekwondo master Juri Han has entered the fray as Street Fighter V's fourth post-launch DLC character. First introduced in Street Fighter IV, she's currently the only character from that roster to make a return appearance. Juri is a morally questionable martial artist that often aligns herself with the side of evil, just as long as it serves her own personal goals.
Ibuki is the third post-launch DLC character to come to the Street Fighter V roster. She was first playable in Street Fighter III where she was quickly established as one of the franchise's fan favorites. Ibuki fights challenging opponents and embarks on difficult missions to better hone her abilities, so that she can eventually pass her ninja exams and live a normal life.
Guile returns as the second DLC character in Street Fighter V. Originally introduced in Street Fighter II, this U.S Air Force pilot has been a franchise mainstay and icon for years, having appeared in a majority of the mainline series entries. Guile's appearance here marks the first time in nearly two decades that he has appeared in a Street Fighter game alongside Charlie Nash, his former comrade and best friend. This should be a big deal for fans, seeing as Guile's primary motivation over the years has been getting back at M. Bison for murdering Nash during the events of Street Fighter Alpha. And with the way Nash looks now, inevitable drama is bound to follow.
Alex was first introduced in 1997's Street Fighter III and has only made appearances in that entry's subsequent editions. He's an American fighter from Manhattan, New York, who lost his parents at a young age. Taken into the custody by a man named Tom--a military veteran and close friend of his father's--Alex was raised to be a fighter, learning a unique style that combines wrestling and kick boxing. As the first of six post-launch DLC characters featured in Street Fighter V, Alex is an interesting new addition to the roster with a moveset that includes a powerful Powerbomb throw and plenty of midrange attacks.
Ryu is back once again in the roster of Street Fighter V. Having been in every game in the series since its arcade debut in 1987, Ryu is considered Street Fighter's most recognizable character. He is a practitioner of Shotokan-style Karate and mostly spends his life alone wandering from town to town looking for challenging opponents to fight. Ryu's primary ambition in life is to become the strongest fighter he can possibly be.
Ken, the best friend, rival, and former sparring partner of Ryu, is back in Street Fighter V. Alongside Ryu, Ken is a longtime series character who has also appeared in every single major Street Fighter game. Despite being trained under the same master as Ryu, Ken differs from him in his more fiery and rambunctious personality. But like Ryu, Ken also wants to find a challenging opponent to help him become stronger. However, he often grapples with this desire because he doesn’t want to jeopardize the safety of his family.
Cammy first debuted as a playable character in Super Street Fighter II and has since appeared in both Street Fighter Alpha and Street Fighter IV. She used to work for Shadaloo as one of M. Bison's brainwashed servants. However, after successfully breaking free, she was stricken with amnesia. Slowly regaining her memories ever since, Cammy now works an operative of Delta Red, a counter-terrorism task force for MI6.
A visibly older version of the treacherous Street Fighter antagonist M. Bison is appears in Street Fighter V. M. Bison has been a playable character in nearly every single game in the series with the exception of the first and third games. He is the leader of a crime syndicate known as Shadaloo and is the wielder of an evil energy known as Psycho Power. Being the evil man that he is, M. Bison is the instigator of several grudges from many characters in the series, such as Chun-Li, Guile, and Cammy. His main goal is to rule the world at any cost for his own selfish benefits.
As a constantly recurring series character, Chun-Li has appeared in all of its games except Street Fighter and the first two editions of Street Fighter III. She is a master of Chinese martial arts and has a longstanding career in law enforcement. Having a strong sense of justice and honor, she always seeks to eliminate the injustices of M. Bison and those associated with him.
Necalli is the the first of the four brand new characters appearing in Street Fighter V. He appears to be a formidable foe with a fighting style involving pounding the ground, clawing at his opponents, and channeling a powerful mysterious energy that transforms his appearance. Currently, not much is known about Necalli's backstory.
Rashid is the second of the four brand new characters in Street Fighter V. Equipped with a variety of wind-based attacks, he's a nimble fighter capable of creating cross-ups that can easily pile on pressure against his opponents on both sides.
The flamboyant professional wrestler Rainbow Mika is another returning character in Street Fighter V. Her presence in the roster marks her first appearance since her debut in Street Fighter Alpha 3. However, Rainbow Mika won't be alone this time around, she'll be accompanied by her tag team partner Yamato Nadeshiko, who assists her in special attacks while in V-Trigger mode. For the uninitiated, Rainbow Mika is a young wrestler that travels the world fighting strong opponents to promote herself to achieve her dream of becoming the "Star of the Ring."
The aristocratic Karin Kanzuki returns after a long absence from the series. First introduced in Street Fighter Alpha 3, she's a self-styled rival to the series' famous teenaged fighter, Sakura Kasugano. While she was the young heir to a powerful and wealthy family during that time, she has since grown up to become the head of its business dynasty. Karin's fighting style is a form of martial arts style she created herself, which makes use of various attacks focusing on pacing, dashing strikes, and aerial attacks.
Everyone's favorite Russian grappler Zangief, aka the Red Cylone, first appeared in Street Fighter II. He has been featured in every major series entry except Street Fighter III. Zangief started out his career as a professional wrestler, but was soon hired by the Russian government to represent them in the world street fighting circuit. Becoming a national hero not long after, Zangief fights to bring honor and strength to his Motherland.
As the third of the four new characters introduced in the game, Laura Matsuda--sister of Street Fighter III's Sean Matsuda--is a character best suited for players who are fond of command grapples and mind games. She travels the world searching for strong opponents to test her skills against, all while spreading the legend of her family's unique style of Jiu-Jitsu across the world.
The fan favorite Yoga master Dhalsim is for the first time sporting a new look with a long beard in Street Fighter V. He first appeared in Street Fighter II and has been featured in the roster of every game in the the series except Street Fighter III and the first edition of Street Fighter Alpha. While Dhalsim holds pacifist beliefs, he constantly fights as a contestant in the World Warrior Tournament in order to help raise money for his struggling village.
F.A.N.G. is the final new character in the game's initial roster. Described as an eccentric and dangerous assassin, F.A.N.G. is second-in-command to M. Bison in Shadaloo. He also works as a researcher for the organization, conducting secret experiments from their various facilities. In combat, F.A.N.G. makes use of poisonous attacks that can continuously damage his opponents after making contact. But when this special ability is combined with his long range and swift movements, he becomes an even more menacing opponent.