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Birdie as he appears in Street Fighter V.
Birdie
Birthdate Unknown[1]
Birthplace United Kingdom England[1]
Height 7'1" (213 cm)[2]
Weight 507 lbs (230 kg)[2]
Eye color Black
Hair color Dyed blonde
Blood type O[1]
Fighting style Bar room brawling/pro wrestling[1]
Attacks focused on headbutts and chains[2]
Likes Beer, food, beef jerky, making money[1]
Dislikes Children, police[1]
Rival(s) E. Honda (Friendly) (SFA3), Blanka (SFA3), Balrog (SFA3), Chun-Li (SFA3), Dhalsim (SFA3)
Hobbies Gluttony, criminality[1], overheating, headbutts[2]
Moveset Bull Head, Bull Horn, Murderer Chain, Bandit Chain, Skip To My Chain
First game Street Fighter
English voice actor(s) Paul Dobson (Street Fighter animated series)
Joe Romersa (Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation)
Japanese voice actor(s) Wataru Takagi (Street Fighter Alpha series)
Ryuzaburo Otomo (Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation)
"I am Birdie! The most rotten villain in the World...I hope!"
—Birdie
"Hey! It's not too late to run away. ({{{2}}}?)"
—Birdie (Street Fighter V)

Birdie (バーディー Bādii?) is a video game character from Capcom's Street Fighter series of fighting games. He first appeared in the original game as one of the ten CPU opponents and made later prominent appearances in the Street Fighter Alpha games. He is set to appear in the upcoming Street Fighter V.

BiographyEdit

Appearance Edit

Birdie's appearance has changed with each of the Street Fighter games that he is featured in, though he is generally depicted as a very tall (about the height of Sagat), late 1970's British punk rocker. In the original, he is shown as a tall, muscular white/light-skinned man with a normal blonde mohawk (depicted as orange-red during combat); his outfit is that of a typical punk rocker, with blue jeans and a dark leather vest, studded bracelets, and combat boots.

In the Alpha series, Birdie is a hulking, dark-skinned black Briton with dyed blonde hair and a wide, pointy brown mustache that extends to the sides of his head to become sideburns. His lips are now larger, and he also has a tattoo of a red heart on the side of his head and sports a patently impossible hole in the center of his mohawk, giving his unique hairstyle the appearance of a sharp bird's beak.

His outfit is also changed: his leather vest is now blue and sports a wide, pointed collar; he also wears a necklace with rectangular, yellow beads and a round, red one in the middle, along with several other accessories. These include round, red earrings; fingerless blue gloves; thick, metal bracelets; and brown, oddly pointed shoes, which are more common to punks in Japan. A win quote in Street Fighter Alpha 3 even highlights his drastically altered appearance.

In the upcoming Street Fighter V, Birdie has gained a beer belly, and appears much more overweight, in addition to looking grimy and disheveled. His punk attire is updated, with torn jeans, a chav-punk jacket with a large up-turned collar and more detailed combat boots. His mohawk is also animated more realistically due to the shift from sprites to 3D models; the unusual hole is also absent.

Personality Edit

Birdie's character is very fitting of the "dim-witted brute" archetype. He is violent, short-tempered and generally unkind to others around him, and has an unsettling habit of licking his chain attached to his wrist before and/or after combat. However, he is shown more positively in the expanded media of Street Fighter; for example, in the Alpha manga, he is shown to be friends with Ryu, and allies himself with Chun-Li.

In Street Fighter V, Birdie is presented as more of a comical glutton who enjoys eating, even during fights. He also seems to be markedly less aggressive towards others, likely due to the fact that he is no longer a part of Shadaloo.

Story Edit

Prior to his criminal career, Birdie was a professional wrestler, teaming with occasional rival Titanic Tim (from the Saturday Night Slam Masters series) as the "500 Million Trillion Powers". He turned to a life of crime when his wrestling career ended, doing some street fighting on the side to add to his income, as well as nightclub bouncing.

Street FighterEdit

His notoriety got him invited to the first World Warrior tournament. He was suffering from a particularly nasty strain of flu, however, and lost his fight with Ryu.

Street Fighter Alpha 2Edit

Despite this setback, Birdie rose up the criminal ranks. He eventually became aware of an organization called Shadaloo and, tracking down their leader, M. Bison, demonstrated his fighting skills to join them. However, Bison only wanted a test subject, and used Birdie to perform painful and demeaning experiments. Birdie resolved to get even.[3]

Street Fighter Alpha 3Edit

Sneaking into a Shadaloo data room, he learned about the Psycho Drive machine, not aware that M. Bison was watching him. Thinking he could use it to overthrow Bison and become lord of Shadaloo himself, he set out to find it. Bison sent Balrog to kill Birdie, but Birdie convinced Balrog to help him instead by telling him how the Psycho Drive could make them powerful. Hindered by Balrog's incompetence, however, Birdie couldn't find the Drive before it exploded.

Street Fighter V Edit

Birdie will appear in Street Fighter V as a returning playable character.[4]He was confirmed, along with Cammy, on June 15 at the E3 2015. By the time Street Fighter V takes place, Birdie is no longer a member of Shadaloo.

Gameplay and Fighting StyleEdit

Birdie combines brawling with wrestling. His favorite techniques involve headbutting the opponent through the use of his attacks, Bull Head and Bull Horn. Bull Horn offers a moment of invulnerability before attacking so it can be used to avoid projectiles and other attacks. It can be charged up much like Balrog's Turn Punch, but unlike Turn Punch it hits multiple times. His Bull Head is a full on charging headbutt but using it leaves him completely open so the player should use it carefully.

His best attacks are his grappling techniques, Bandit Chain and Murderer Chain. The player should use his other attacks to get in close, then pull off his grappling techniques to cause damage. He also has good air superiority and priority with his standing fierce and roundhouse.

As seen in the Street Fighter V E3 2015 trailer, his V-Trigger is visually similar to Makoto's Tanden Renki, but instead revolves around him consuming food, where he eats a chili pepper that turns him red, giving many of his special moves a boost in hits and power. He is able to pull one of three food items out his pocket, with varying effects if his V-Gauge is empty or not full; pulling out a donut has him recover his V-Gauge at its most, pulling out a banana leaves the peel out for the opponent to slip on, and an energy drink allows him to create a makeshift projectile with the can that rolls on the floor.

Cameo Appearances Edit

Birdie appears as a card in the SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash series. He also makes a non-playable appearance in Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix.

Comics Edit

Street Fighter Alpha manga Edit

Birdie appears in the Street Fighter Alpha manga series, where he is shown in a surprisingly more positive fashion; Birdie is a leader of a group of drug dealers, but is a close friend and companion to Ryu, as Ryu was the first person (other than Birdie's own mother) to be kind to him. He proves to be a violent but honorable ally, even teaming up with Chun-Li (who had previously tried to arrest him) in order to stop Ryu from killing everyone while under the influence of the Satsui no Hado.

UDON comics Edit

Birdie also appeared in UDON's Street Fighter IV comic, where he was seen "ripping heads off baby dolls for ammo" when Abel found him while searching for information on the S.I.N. organization.

Animations Edit

SF Alpha: The AnimationEdit

In Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation, he is the most prominent of the Alpha characters, and is depicted with an American accent and an oddly noble and heroic personality. Though just as arrogant and violent as his game counterpart, he still implored Ken and Chun-Li to leave him and escape with the others even though his ki was being extracted, and he continuously defends them from Dr. Sadler's android enforcer despite being severely beaten several times. He is last seen being taken to safety.

Street Fighter cartoon Edit

Birdie makes his first animated show appearance in the episode The Medium is the Message, along with several other characters from the Street Fighter Alpha subseries. Birdie was one of several competitors in a tournament taking place in Chhatarpur, India, though his role, along with the other Alpha characters, was minimal. He was shown facing Adon near the beginning of the episode, though the outcome of the brawl was unknown. Later on, Guile and Blanka took on Guy and Birdie in a 2-on-2 match, winning handily.

Birdie makes a second appearance alongside fellow Alpha character Sodom in Cammy and the Bachelor, taking on a much more central role than previously. The two characters, under the employ of Bison, are responsible for a crime spree causing havoc across London. This crime wave catches the attention of Delta Red, whose attempts to stop it are thwarted by Bison and his henchmen. Birdie, in contrast to his cameo appearance in "The Medium is the Message", has several speaking roles, and his character is expanded upon somewhat. The episode raises the possibility that Birdie is either a hired hand for or a member of Shadaloo, in direct comparison to his involvement with the organization in Street Fighter Alpha 2/3.

Stage ThemeEdit

Quotes Edit

Birdie/Quotes

Trivia Edit

  • He is named after the golfing term "Birdie." The other English character from the first Street Fighter game; Eagle, is also named after a golf term.
  • As mentioned above, one of Birdie's rivals is Titanic Tim from Capcom's Slam Masters series of wrestling games.
    • Furthermore, When Birdie and Tim were a tag team, they went by the name "500 Trillion Powers", a parody of the wrestling manga Kinnikuman, the "20 Million Powers".
  • In Birdie's stage in the original Street Fighter, several posters of Velvet Underground (recognizably enough, from their album The Velvet Underground and Nico) can be seen on the walls.
  • In Hakan's opening in SSFIV, he is shown beating and interogating a punk who closely resembles Birdie's original design.
  • Birdie is the first black British character in the series, followed by Dudley.
  • According to UDON's Street Fighter: World Warrior encyclopedia Birdie sees Zangief as a rival, not because of his wrestling background but because he perceives Zangief's mohawk as a challenge.
  • Birdie is, at present, the heaviest Street Fighter character at 507 pounds, followed by Hugo (440 pounds), and Rufus (408 pounds).

Gallery Edit

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Street Fighter Alpha series

SNK vs. Capcom series

Animations

Sprites Edit

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See also Edit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Street Fighter: World Warrior Encyclopedia Hardcover
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Street Fighter V Stat Card
  3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1dq1-dj4RI
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyZPfDhm4DU

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