By my calculations Capcom has made approximately 12 gazillion Street Fighter games (give or take a gazillion or two). Coming up with new characters for that many games can’t be easy, especially when the line between “what the hell where they thinking?” and “classic character!” is so narrow in the Street Fighter universe. I mean, everyone loves Blanka, right? The green guy who gained shock-powers by wrestling electric eels in the Amazon River? In a world where Blanka is a beloved fighter, all concept of good and bad character design starts to seem pretty murky.
That said, Capcom has still managed to produce a number of characters that stand out as pretty obvious duds. Here are 10 of the worst…
Birdie first appeared in the original 1987 Street Fighter as a fairly generic street thug character. They would eventually revive him in Street Fighter Alpha 2 and turn him into…this. I’m really not sure what I’m looking at here — he just doesn’t make any visual sense. Is that a slice of Swiss cheese on his head? What’s with the pointed genie boots? Why is his head the size of a tennis ball? So many questions.
Rainbow Mika is a bubbling hot mess of conflicting fetishes all rolled into one ridiculous character. I can’t help but be embarrassed every time I look at her, because I get the strong sense whoever created her did so with one hand below his desk.