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I'll make you regret that you were ever born, you two-bit chump!
~ Balrog to Chun-Li

Balrog (known as Mike Bison in Japanese) is a former boxer who works for Shadaloo and a villain from the Street Fighter series serving as one of the main villains from Street Fighter II onwards. He is the first and, thus far, only African-American villain in the series not counting other versions.

In Japanese, Balrog is voiced by Jōji Nakata in Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie, Tomomichi Nishimura in Street Fighter II V, Sonosuke Nagashiro in SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos, Kōichi Yamadera, and currently, Satoshi Tsuruoka. In English, Balrog is voiced by Joe Romersa in Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie and Street Fighter II V, Paul Dobson in the 1995 Street Fighter cartoon, and currently, Bob Carter in every game where he has an English voice.

Biography

Past

Balrog grew up in poverty, but eventually became a heavyweight champion boxer and prizefighter. However, he was banned from boxing because of his illegal moves, permanently injuring his opponents, and eventually killing one. Balrog then joined Shadaloo and worked his way up the ranks, becoming one of M. Bison’s top enforcers.

Street Fighter Alpha 3

Balrog in Street Fighter Alpha 3.

On a mission for Bison, Balrog killed an elephant belonging to Dhalsim with one punch. On another occasion, he was ordered to kill Birdie and agreed, despite not knowing why. However, Birdie told Balrog about the Psycho Drive and the former boxer agreed to help him find it, hoping to profit from it. However, the Psycho Drive was destroyed and Balrog realized that he had not been paid recently.

Street Fighter II

After Bison was destroyed by Akuma, Balrog became the new head of Shadaloo. But he ruined the organization in no time at all and was forced to find more menial jobs such as working security at a casino, where his battle stage was set. How he got this job despite his criminal past is unknown.

Street Fighter IV

Balrog in Street Fighter IV.

When Bison was finally revived in a new body, Balrog was rehired into Shadaloo. He was given the task of protecting Bison’s replacement bodies, but he was unsatisfied with the job. Balrog began thinking of a way to make more money and eventually infiltrated the headquarters of SIN, looking for something he could sell. However, he found a young bandaged little boy, asking for help, and was uninterested in doing so at first.

Balrog with the little boy.

However, a mark in the shape of Shadaloo’s symbol glowed on his hand and Balrog realized that he could possess valuable secrets. The former boxer took him away, saying it was his lucky day, but when he questioned him about his abilities, he revealed he was powerless on his own. Disappointed, Balrog said he was useless, though he decided that he could be useful later and took him away.

Street Fighter V

Balrog makes a return as a playable character in Street Fighter V.

Street Fighter X Tekken

As Bison sought the box known as Pandora so as to obtain its power, he ordered Balrog and Vega to head for it by an alternate route if things got complicated for him. Balrog was annoyed at having to work with Vega, but they decided to put their differences aside so as to fulfill their own ambitions of getting Pandora and keeping it for themselves.

Balrog transformed by Pandora.

In their ending, they set off on their journey, beating the other fighters seeking Pandora and finally defeated Ogre. Balrog tried to punch the box open, angered when he could not open it and Vega told him to shut up, having enough of his belligerence. As they faced each other, Pandora opened, empowering the two, and they finally threw themselves at each other, with Balrog saying that he would send Vega to a closed-casket funeral.

Other Appearances

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Balrog appears as a support spirit that boosts a fighter's neutral special move. His spirit battle is a stamina battle against Little Mac on the Omega form of Fourside where all fighters have reduced jump height. His spirit is one of the few that must be obtained in the World of Light first before appearing on the Spirit Board or purchased at the Vault Shop.

Personality

Balrog is cruel, greedy, selfish, arrogant, murderous, sadistic, loathsome, pugnacious, belligerent, manipulative, and temperamental, so he focuses constantly on profiting for himself, possessing a vicious mean streak. His main reason for working for Shadaloo is to become rich and famous so he can spend his life on easy street. Balrog will cheat, steal, or kill for this goal and has no sense of honor, cheating in fights whenever he feels like it, despite his fighting skills. Balrog also refuses to take responsibility for his own unfortunate circumstances, instead blaming other people. He is shown to be very unintelligent and irrational, as seen from the fact that he almost instantly ran Shadaloo into the ground during his tenure as leader. That said, he is at least smart enough to pull off simple tasks during Bision's schemes. Balrog is also attracted to all of the women that he meets, with Chun Li being the only exception.

Appearance

Balrog is a tall, heavily built, and very muscular African-American boxer. He wears blue boxing trunks with white trimming and a torn white shirt under a blue tank top. He wears red boxing gloves and boxing shoes. His hairstyle consists of short hair in what appears to be wide cornrows; this hairstyle is similar to Mike Tyson's haircuts from the time Street Fighter II was released on February 6, 1991. Official artworks at the time also depicted him sans a canine tooth in the upper right side of his mouth.

In Street Fighter V, Balrog wears a blue openly hooded robe with yellow outlines and ripped sleeves, at the back it has the design of "Crazy Buffalo" in a black round sign, a large gold crown with clouds and several red stars, the outline on his boxing gloves are black with gold star designs, his boxer shorts are black and he wears matching boxing boots with white outlines.

His first alternate costume is a business attire similar in design to the one he wore in Street Fighter II V, the sleeves are rolled up into cuffs, his boxing gloves are gold and he wears sunglasses.

His second costume has a little resemblance to his primary outfit but in a United States flag motif. He wears a white and red striped long sleeve hoodie, blue trousers with white star designs, white sneakers, and fingerless gloves.

Powers and Abilities

Balrog using Dash Straight

Balrog is a skilled boxer, but his fighting style has a number of moves not allowed in boxing such as stomping on his opponent’s feet and headbutting. His moves include Dash Straight, a powerful charging punch, Buffalo Head, where Balrog leaps into the air, striking his opponent with his head, Gigaton Blow, a powerful turning punch, where he charges into his opponent, and Dirty Bull, where he grabs his opponent, head butts them, stomps on their foot, and finishes by hitting them in the face with his elbow. As with most of his fellow Street Fighters, Balrog also has super human strength, speed, and durability. He once killed an elephant with a single blow.

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Trivia

  • It is believed that Balrog made his debut in the Street Fighter series in the original game, where there was an African-American boxer named Mike. They not only have similar appearances and moves, but Balrog’s name in Japan was Mike Bison.
  • When Street Fighter II was brought to America, the names Balrog, M. Bison, and Vega (who are named M. Bison, Vega, and Balrog respectively in Japan) were swapped. Balrog’s name was changed most likely because Capcom feared a lawsuit from Mike Tyson, since the character had a similar appearance and name and was also a boxer.
  • Balrog is known amongst Street Fighter fans for the fact that he never kicks.
  • T.J. Combo, a character in the Killer Instinct games, fights similarly to Balrog, but he uses knee attacks and kicks, while Balrog uses only punches. The two met up in an episode of DEATH BATTLE, which T.J. Combo won due to his berserker mode.
  • In the game Final Fight Streetwise, in Mike Haggar's gym, there are posters advertising a fight between Balrog and Dudley, another boxing character in Street Fighter who also uses only punches.
  • In the Street Fighter IV sub-series, Balrog has all his teeth while in previous games; he has a missing canine tooth. It is possible that he regrew that tooth.
  • In an airfield stage in Street Fighter IV, Balrog is seen in the SIN airplane in the background. If Balrog is selected, Vega is in his place, and if both are selected, then it will be M. Bison instead.

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