An official Capcom ranking of the most beloved Street Fighters has been attracting attention – mainly for the yawning and rather embarrassing (though to whom is perhaps open to question) gulf between the preferences of Japanese and Americans, with obscure schoolgirls easily ousting the likes of Ryuken…

America and Europe select a muscular selection of bruisers:

1. Ryu – 15,856 – 30.6%

2. Ken – 13,511 – 26.1%

3. Akuma – 12,685 – 24.5%

4. Chun-li – 9,797 – 18.9%

5. Cammy – 9,260 – 17.9%

6. Sakura – 7,383 – 14.3%

7. Sagat – 7,324 – 14.1%

8. Juri – 7,059 – 13.6%

9. Guile – 6,527 – 12.6%

10. Q – 6,168 – 11.9%

Japan on the other hand…:

1. Karin – 3,348 – 27.4%

2. Ryu – 2,884 – 23.6%

3. Cammy – 2,410 – 19.7%

4. Ingrid- 2,393 – 19.6%

5. Rainbow Mika – 2,254 – 18.5%

6. Sakura – 2,134 – 17.5%

7. Chun-li – 2,125 – 17.4%

8. Juri – 1,656 – 13.6%

9. Ken – 1,547 -12.7%

10. Akuma – 1,516 – 12.4%


Japanese Street Fighter fans have been busily trying to explain away these results:

“Karin is just so cute, it can’t be helped.”

“Take away Japan’s moe culture and there is nothing left!”

“What’s more Karin and Ingrid are total minor characters from the game’s period of decline.”

“Must be something wrong with this lot if they like Mika so much…”

“Looking at their pictures it is hard to comprehend how they got to be ranked so high.”

“I cannot believe Chun-li is only 7th – it was rigged!”

“I think only long-time fans obsessed with the game for years would vote in this, accounting for why all these weird characters are in there.”

“I don’t know any of these girls. Creepy!”

“The American ranking is so much better.”

“Where is Guile!”

“Poor Zangief!”

“Look at the votes for Ryu, Ken and Akuma – are those Yanks all homos or what?”

“Ingrid only appeared in the truly awful Fighting Jam. I can’t believe these results are anything but the result of foul play.”

“I’ve never even heard of Karin.”

“The Yanks just want a simple, easy to use and strong fighter. Somehow it seems the Japanese are looking for something else though…”

“It’s because those characters are regulars in certain thin books…”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    01:56 30/03/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    these ratings....WHERE THE HELL IS DAN?!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:08 30/03/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Dan doesn't need rating. No one compares.

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    Comment by Not Sure
    06:22 30/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Dan is God tier. End of story.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:57 29/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    God is DAN Tier.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:54 30/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah God Da_n Tier.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:58 30/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Mister I'll, make a DAN OUTA YOU!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:21 30/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    He walked the man's path! Oyajiiiiiiii!

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:44 30/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    AHAHAHAHA, so true.

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    Comment by Dan Hibiki
    00:42 30/03/2013 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Was I not an option? Clearly I'm the best one.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:50 30/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    YOU ARE THE BEST... joke.

    While everyone can count to ten, Dan Hibiki can only count to potato.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:59 30/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    No, he is the strongest. It's called Saikyoryuu for a reason!

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:06 30/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I ship Dan+Cirno pairing now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:01 30/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Dan is GREAT choice, if you are really really good in SF and want CHALLENGE

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:55 30/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    wait 1...2...3...POTATO!?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:04 30/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    did anybody say... POTATOES?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:14 30/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:17 30/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

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    Comment by cats2
    10:32 30/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    A Japanese site is the source for the US votes..?

    Guile is way to low for that to be true, lol..

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:27 31/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yea whoever fabricated this doesn't know the love for Sonic BOOM! in America. it's right there next to explosives, hotdogs and baseball... I mean fireworks, hotdogs and baseball.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:27 31/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nor to they know the love of guile's theme goes with everything.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:56 30/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    don't feel bad, i use you everytime i play.

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    Comment by Dan Hibiki
    11:52 30/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Th-thank you ಥ_ಥ

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:24 30/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Looks like basicly the same list with minor difrences. Ryu and Sakura and Juri are on the same spots.

    Also Id hardly call the american list the "Beefy Musscular" list...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:44 30/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Minor characters that aren't even series regulars taking top spots doesn't exactly seem like 'small differences'. I suspect this was the result of vote manipulation, either by someone wanting their unpopular characters to take the top spots, or someone just wanting to troll the list. :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:20 01/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not being a SF fan I can't exactly tell but I remember all characters being built with balance in mind so in theory Ryu and Karin have the same gameplay potential.

    However newer characters tend to have weird move sets driven by the need to make the character "different". These unconventional move sets then may allow for game breaking tactics or just superior game.

    What I mean is, I wouldn't just count out the probability that Karin may actually be a the best characater, moe apart.

    Moe-wise? Sakura is a million times better.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:58 03/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, I agree with this comment. It's relevant to almost any game out there that use real-time fighting gameplay, not just fighting game. And even MMO.

    New Classes/Characters tend to have the potential to outplay or even outperform basic classes with even less effort. Be it better properties or easier to perform all the skills or movelist. Despite what the developer trying to do, with balance in mind, hardcore players always finds a way to abuse the hell out of them. While basic characters/classes are constrained by their default potential as they were the first being made so they has more things reduced out of them. Primarily because when a new game in production stage, all those basics are tested on any given scenarios and made to had something to compensate over another to counter such occasion. While the new class/characters, despite also being tested, were mostly never as deep as the basic since they usually made in such a rushed time.

    Even with nerf by each update never really helps. Since the developers always thought, it would not be wise to nerf just the new overpowered classes/characters, they also nerf the basic class/character at the same time.

    And after realizing this, I say there are no such things as balanced game.

    Thus, which is why I stick to play the good ol' Guilty Gear series. Every each characters has potential of unbalanced properties. Every single one of them are capable to outplay other character when they got trap on their momentum. After the intros are get, there are no escape. Unless you have BURST. Win or lose only depends on your move decisions on how to get to that intro. Whoever got that most, are the winner.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:27 31/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ingrid wasn't even created for Street Fighter. They just put her in that one version of Alpha 3 for the hell of it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:33 30/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, characters mostly repeat with a few exceptions and some spots swapped.
    But it's still interestin to see those small differences.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:08 30/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.7)

    I think this got lost in translation.
    When you ask an American who is their favorite, we usually mean "who do you like playing the most?"

    No Westerner is even considering the translation, "Who do you like masturbating to the most?" which seems to be primary the Japanese interpretation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:33 30/03/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Then I'd be worried about why Ryu is 2nd on their list, lol.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:57 30/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    typical fail interpretation of the first anon

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    Comment by Tex_Arcana
    04:23 30/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Ryu is the Yayoi of SF lore. Always at a disadvantage, but he tries so hard.

    probably leads to much angstwanking.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:22 30/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    There are women on the Internet too, you know...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:25 31/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Rule #16

    Comment by Anonymous

    but they're overpowered by otaku, so their vote can't possibly have that much influence...

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:48 30/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ryu is always a bottom in yoai doujins.

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    Comment by Yamato
    05:37 30/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    usually, I'd agree with the Japanese philosophy, but I can't say that I've gotten off to Street Fighter girls very often. Darkstalkers, on the other hand. ^^

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    08:42 30/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Darkstalkers has some damn hot girls. I agree with this. Bulleta (B.B. Hood) is one of my waifus

    Comment by Anonymous

    WTF? But Darkstalkers only has Morrigan..

    BB Hood - too young
    Lilith - too young (but I admit, dat ass!)
    Felicia - 2nd hottest looking, but easily first if you're a furry, but she comes off more like an actual cat than a human... bestiality territory
    Hsien-ko - really?
    Q-bee - REALLY?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:03 30/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    obviously you under-estimated his pedo levels...

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:01 30/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Lilith is not too young. She certainly doesn't act like it, but she's as old as Morrigan, and this isn't just the case of getting crap past the radar either.

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    Comment by Yamato
    09:20 30/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah, Morrigan's enough*... which is to say, I've barely jacked off to ANY Street Fighter characters. They just don't really do it for me, personally (must be all the short-hair and/or head accessories; not especially my cup of tea). There were some exceptions with Chun Li and maybe Karin, but only because I fondly recognized the artists involved.

    *Morrigan, and I guess a some Felicia doujins where her "fur" turns out to be removable clothing.

    @Anon 8:03
    Nah. Loli's really not my thing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:08 30/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Q-bee is my waifu.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:56 30/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    @8:03 - he must really love Arcana Heart then

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:36 30/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan: It's ok bro
    America: What?
    Japan: You can come out of the closet now, it's cool
    America: W-What?
    Japan: We know you're totally homo America, it's cool no one judges you man

    And thus America comes to terms with the realization that it is totally gay for muscular men , cut to YMCA playing in the background.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:25 30/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh lawd

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:46 30/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Go home and be a salaryman!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:20 30/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    japan votes for sex. i thought we went over this internetz.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:49 30/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    then juri should be #1

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    Comment by Electromistress
    05:12 30/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    So basically, America & Europe = gay?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:42 30/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    More like we didn't vote with our penis.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:34 31/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    real men use their penis to think.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:54 31/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    And yet Ingrid is first...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:17 31/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd like to think that the Japanese voters just had more respect for the female characters in general. It's extremely misogynistic to think that if a female gets more votes it's only because of her appearance and nothing to do with character or anything else.

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