The game’s still young and opinions obviously differ between regions. Here’s what I hope is a good summary of the overall standings, but keep in mind I lack the personal experience to accurately judge things for myself. Also, these aren’t really done in order for the most part, so don’t freak out if so-and-so isn’t ranked very high. Remember, there are a LOT of characters.
Top tier (for sure):
Bryan <-Depends on who you ask, but if anyone else is in the top 3, it’s him
Other top 5-7 candidates:
Bruce <-Maybe, his juggle game is improving but comparisons to Bryan hurt his image
Paul <-Another maybe, still buff but linear as hell
Lower-mid (a lot of these I’m not sure about):
Ling <-I might be dead wrong, I just don’t know where to put her yet
I’ll forgo posting a low tier list 'cause again, it’s a bit too early to tell. Obviously some characters are definite candidates if they don’t improve anytime soon, but I don’t feel like getting ahead of myself.