This thread is meant to discuss and post tier information for SSF4 AE 2012. The old thread was getting large and was originally meant for Super, and then AE.
Updates: -Added Itabashi Zangief's ten worst characters (2/26/2013)
-Added Justin Wong's tier list (5/3/2013)
What is a tier list?
A tier list is a method of ranking and grouping characters based on who has the most/least advantaged matches. Historically, this has been done through a matchup chart where, given two players of equal skill, each character plays every other character in a set of 10 games, and see who wins most. So in a "6-4" matchup, one character would win 6 games, and the other would win 4.
Tier lists are subjective and evolve over time. The point of this thread is to discuss this information.
What tier lists aren't:
-A popularity list
-A list of characters YOU have a hard time against
-A personal assessment on what kind of person/player you are
As long as you at least understand what these lists aren't, you will save yourself a lot of headache.
All the tier lists here come from "organized" sources. These are neither my list nor Joe Blow random's. If you know of an organized tier list that should be here that is missing, please let me know and I'll add it.