Questions about Street Fighter names


#1

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.

Some questions:

  1. Are the names Zangief and Dhalsim legitimate Russian and Indian names respectively?

  2. 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?


#2

The masked ninja with the claw is apparently named Balrog by the japanesse because as you said, Balrog is a Mithical demon, and the SF character is supposed to be really evil (at the same time is a contrast play about how the character is “beautiful” at the outside but a demon in heart and mind)

I preffer American names though…he is more Vega than Balrog to me, just as the Boss is more Master Bison than “Vega”…but thats my opinion only.


#3

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#4

Myself I always felt that they gave Vega(M.Bison in the US) the leader of Shadowloo that name because he was named after the star, Vega. It implies a cosmic or powerful presence. The Spanish name Vega is not even the origin of the name/word, it’s Arabic in nature.

Also, Vega(Cape) originally had a star on his hat, but that was later changed to the Shadowloo symbol, the skull with wings.


#5

What does Twelve mean?


#6

Interesting theory Sano, I never thought about the star that M.Bison had in his hat in the early SF2 portraits as a sign of the Vega star.


#7

Vega (star) is scheduled to destroy planet Earth and our entire solar system in 5 million years. That’s why I think Vega is a better suited name for him. Also yes, Vega is an originally Arabic word.


#8

it is a name. it’s French and is pronounced “Geel”