One of the first weird names that I heard in Street Fighter was Guile (personally, my favorite character).
Looking at it, having the word Guile as a name is weird since it’s still not a name although it’s a legitimate English word.
So OK. The Japanese may just have misunderstood English context so they named him Guile. Still, they pulled it off anyway, and now Guile seems to be a cool name.
I’m now looking at the other names, particularly, M.Bison, Balrog, Vega, Dhalsim, Zangief, and Rolento.
Are the names Zangief and Dhalsim legitimate Russian and Indian names respectively?
If we take the Japanese names as canon:
a. Mike Bison = boxer
b. Balrog = Claw
c. Vega = boss
I have no qualms on naming the boxer as Mike Bison. On the other two, however…
Balrog = Spaniard?
Balrog doesn’t sound Spanish and the word is only existent in Tolkien’s LOTR as far as I know. I don’t see the connection in there.
The name Vega, however, is Spanish and does it imply a Spanish origin on SF2’s boss?
Lastly, about Rolento. Could it be just a Japanese pronunciation of Laurence/Laurent?