Thanks much for the kind words, Shockdingo. I think too often writers for things like SF just spin their wheels and think more about how to keep characters “iconic” without really thinking about how to make them appealing. I mean, someone like Ken is a perfect example. The guy’s ALREADY iconic. Start taking some risks and actually make him do stuff so we can give a damn about him as a character. We also keep seeing the SAME kind of relationships over and over again. Yes, we get the Ryu/Ken thing…MOVE ON. Geez, Capcom. They need to look at other ways these characters can interact with each other in new ways and for new reasons and in a SERIOUS manner.
It reminds me of my easy-fix for El Fuerte. Now, I LOVE playing as El Fuerte…but the character is fucking garbage. He feels like he’s made with contempt for the audience. Why the HELL isn’t he a rudo? A heel luchador. Then you make him want to take on Zangief to prove himself. A fiery, young up & coming wrestler that wants to make a name for himself by taking down one of the biggest, toughest guys around. It’s a NEW east vs west style…with Zangief as the nicer guy. Plus it’s a David v Goliath set-up but with a reversal or roles. Bam! You have something for Fuerte to do and Zangief to do.
Oh and I love Q. Mysterious blank slates like that can be a lot of fun to tie elements into. I also love his look for some reason. Simple but iconic.