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- Awesome Ego: M. Bison. He has a Napoleonesque painting of himself in his living room and plans to establish a capital city and a currency named after him. No one's complaining, though.
- Awesome Music: Not many people know that the movie had its own soundtrack, a collection of soundtrack-exclusive hip-hop songs from some of the biggest and best at the time. A video was even produced for the MC Hammer song "Straight to My Feet", the video of which prominently features Jean Claude Van Damme as Guile.
- Broken Base:
- The film itself gets this. There are those who consider it to be a terrible, In Name Only adaptation that pales in comparison to the likes of Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie. Others, however, consider it to be a fun, light-hearted adaptation. They also like to point out that the series didn't have much of a plot at the time of the film's release.
- Guile being the protagonist instead of Ryu. Some see it as a modern example of Mighty Whitey. Others feel that making Guile the protagonist makes sense since the Alpha games weren't made yet, and at the time, Ryu didn't have a personal relationship with Bison while Guile did.
- Blanka being the mutated form of Charlie Nash. In the games, Blanka and Charlie are completely different characters and Shadaloo has nothing to do with Blanka. Some, however, actually like the idea behind this subplot as it gives Blanka a sense of importance in the storyline, while Guile's deceased war buddy Charlie was only talked about and never seen until the Alpha series. The movie both explains Blanka's appearance and shows Charlie's connections to Guile.
- Cliché Storm: A few of the most prominent action movie cliches show up.
- Critical Dissonance: The movie was ripped apart by critics and some fans, but was still a big box office success. It was also Van Damme's second highest grossing movie at the time, only slightly below Timecop by a couple million in profit.
- Crosses the Line Twice: Bison's famous "But for me, it was Tuesday." line. Chun-Li emotionally called him out for having her father killed. Bison couldn't remember it because it was, well, Tuesday. Sure, it's horrible, but the build-up and delivery of the line was so glorious that it spawned a trope and a meme that often runs on this.
- Ensemble Darkhorse:
- Even those who hate the movie love Zangief. It helps that Andrew Bryniarski captured the essence of the character, looked the part, and had some of the film's best lines.
- Dee Jay, who tends to get the snarkiest lines and expressions, as he's not on-board with Bison's brand of madness but is too smart to say it to his face.
- Vega only has four lines total, but is one of the characters most accurate to his game counterpart, including in the looks department. His implied relationship with Sagat also won him fans.
- Evil Is Cool: M. Bison is fondly remembered by fans, thanks to the acting chops of Raul Julia.
- Funny Aneurysm Moment:
- Ham and Cheese: Raul Julia's portrayal of Bison in the first movie:
- Heartwarming in Hindsight: Guile flirting with Chun-Li at the end of the movie becomes this after Travis Willingham and Laura Bailey, who have voiced Guile and Chun-Li, respectively, since Street Fighter IV, got married in real-life.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- Guile says that he's gonna "kick that son-of-a-bitch Bison's ass so hard that the next Bison wannabe is gonna feel it." Cue the next adaptation of the franchise, which had a In Name Only version of M. Bison...
- When you consider Raul Julia's last quote "For I beheld Satan, as he fell from heaven like lightning!", that description fits Kazuya Mishima in Street Fighter X Tekken quite well.
- This Bitcoin story sounds a lot like the Bison Dollars scene.
- The British pound falling rapidly in the wake of Brexit had several fans online noting that Bison Dollars might be as valuable as the British pound right now.
- Two for the moment when Cammy sees Chun-Li's Spy Catsuit and snarks, "Darling, basic black's really not you." In the later adaptation Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, that version of Chun-Li (along with other members of the cast) spends most of the movie in black. In addition, Chun-Li's actress went on to play Action Girl Melinda May in Agents of SHIELD, a character who wears spy catsuits almost exclusively.
- Ho Yay: Vega and Sagat can be interpreted as being in a homosexual relationship. Sagat praises Vega's fighting skills as nearly equal to his own, Vega knows him well enough to read his intentions via glances and is very close to him in the prison scenes, and they tag-team Ryu together.
- Just Here for Godzilla: Many watch the film just to see Raúl Juliá's performance as Bison.
- Magnificent Bastard: Raúl Julia's portrayal of M. Bison.
- Narm Charm: There is some kind of charm behind all the intentional and unintentional hilarity.
- Retroactive Recognition: Leatherface plays Zangief.
- Rooting for the Empire: On one hand, you have Jean Claude Van Damme as the boring, traditional hero giving a bland, corny performance. On the other, you have the magnificently absurd and entertaining performance of Raul Julia, a great actor who tragically died in his prime shortly after completing the film, and chose it to be his last role so his kids could enjoy it. He also has the stupid but entertaining Zangief and Deadpan Snarker Dee Jay on his side. Who do you think the audience is siding with?
- So Bad It's Good: One of the most prominent among videogame-based films.
- Spiritual Licensee: A heroic army lead by a handsome blonde American takes on a crazy megalomaniac who wants to take over the world and his shiny-domed weapons supplier. Are we sure this wasn't originally a script for an unmade G.I. Joe film?
- Took the Bad Film Seriously:
- Watch the "making of" featurette on the DVD. The actors seem well aware of the ridiculousness of the movie they are making. Director Steven E. de Souza seems to be under the impression that he's making the next Die Hard or Lethal Weapon, though in the commentary, he notes the tongue-in-cheek nature of the film.
- Raúl Juliá is a standout example: Yes, he's being a ham to such a degree that he's practically consuming parts of the set, but it's absolutely clear it's how he thinks the character should be best approached. He took the role of Bison because his kids really wanted him to, and it is obvious when watching that he's doing his absolute best to give them a performance to remember and that will delight them... because he knows that the cancer he's struggling with will claim him sooner rather than later.
- Video Game Movies Suck
- Vindicated by History: Fans are a lot kinder to this movie than they were when it first came out. Some like it for the So Bad It's Good factor, while others Watch It for the Meme. In addition, there are those who think that, while this was cheesy, given Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li's even more thorough panning, things could've ended up being much, much worse.
- WTH? Casting Agency:
- Jean Claude Van Damme being cast as Guile, apparently at the behest of Capcom executives and one of the first ones cast. It fits with the whole "guy who kicks people" aspect, but there's an inherent and undeniable silliness in Guile - an all-American U.S. soldier who proudly hails from the United States of America - having a Belgian accent thicker than waffle batter.
- Exactly whose idea was it to cast a 52-year-old classically-trained theater actor with absolutely zero martial arts background in an action movie based on a video game? Raul Julia's grandkids', that's who. However, as it turns out, he's by far the most memorable character of the movie for his Large Ham performance, so it all turned out good.
- In the games, Cammy is a muscular Amazon with a British accent. So, this role obviously goes to tiny Australian pop princess Kylie Minogue. She was apparently cast at the absolute last minute before shooting began in South East Queensland, because they needed someone in Australia who could be counted on to learn lines fast.
- ↑ Ironically, the very first Street Fighter toyline was issued under the G.I. Joe brand.
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