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Chun-Li is the first playable female fighter in a one-on-one fighting game and one of the earliest female video game protagonists to achieve widespread popularity. Prior to Street Fighter II being released in 1991, most female characters in games was casted in non-playable minor roles, such as objectives to be rescued, townspeople, girlfriends, the occasional opponent, or simply background decoration; as such, there were very few heroines in action-based video games. After the success of Street Fighter II and the rise of Chun-Li's popularity, female protagonists became increasingly common. Since then, in games with selectable characters, at least one of them will almost always be female; and a number of games released since then have placed a female character in the lead role.

Like Ryu, Chun-Li has been referenced countless times in pop culture ever since her introduction in Street Fighter II. This is a page listing her references in general pop culture.

Street Fighter series Edit

Capcom games Edit

  • Chun-Li can be seen at the background of the Hong Kong stage in Final Fight 2, eating ramen at a food stall.
  • In the prologue of Mega Man 9, a news reporter on the TV resembles Chun-Li, possibly referencing her movie counterpart once again.[1]
  • A policewoman bearing a striking resemblance to Chun-Li appears in the epilogue of Asura's Wrath, another video game by Capcom. She is seen scolding Kalrow's reincarnation while he rides a segway among pedestrians.
  • Chun-Li's likeness appears in the game We Love Golf! as an unlockable cosplay outfit for Lisa.
  • Chun-Li has a cameo appearance in the original Breath of Fire, where she can be seen in her P2 outfit practicing her lightning kicks in the thief's house in the town of Bleak if the player asks him to perform a magic trick and responds to his questions correctly.[2] If the player beats the game with the "BrokenSD" equipped on the Hero and gets the good ending, she will also appear during it while wearing her P2 outfit.[3]
  • In the science fiction action-adventure game Crimson Tears, after completing certain conditions, the player can unlock character skins of Chun-Li, Ryu, Guile and Sakura.

Other video games Edit

  • An NPC by the name of Chun-Li can be found in a night club in Ubisoft's game Watch Dogs whose profile lists her as the subject of a foreign police report.
  • In Saints Row IV, a character using the Female 1 voice will shout "Spinning bird punch!" when using the taunt called "Quarter Circle Forward + A". This is because Female 1 is the current English voice actress of Chun-Li, Laura Bailey.
  • In Legend of Legaia, Noa and both of her Hyper Art moves, Hurricane Kick and Jurassic Blow bear a resemblance to Chun-Li's Hyakuretsukyaku.
  • In the indie fighting game Skullgirls: 2nd Encore on the River King Casino stage, one of the two dogs that can be seen there is dressed as Chun-Li and the other is dressed as Guile. This was actually submitted by a Kickstarter backer to be put in the game.

Comics Edit

  • The Hong Kong detective Rei Dragon from the manga Kaitou Joker greatly resembles Chun-Li and has a similar profession, likely as an homage.

Animations Edit

  • In Ryusei Sentai Musumet, Kou Saotome bears a striking resemblance to Chun-Li's alternate outfit in Street Fighter IV.
  • Sonoda Umi in Love Live! Project season 2 episode 4, in the beginning intro; she wears a Chinese outfit that closely resembles Chun-Li's.
  • In The Amazing World of Gumball episode "The Word", during an insult fight parodying Street Fighter, Gumball's victory chant sounds similar to Chun-Li.
  • In Justice League Action, Cyborg is playing as a Chun-Li look-alike fighter named Momoi Maiko in a Street Fighter-like fighting game.

Television Edit

  • In Chappelle's Show season 2 episode 9, Dave is shown getting a massage from a Chinese woman named Chun-Li.
  • In the Fresh Off the Boat episode "So Chineez", Eddie asks Jessica why she's dressed like Chun-Li after he sees her wearing a cheongsam.

Movies Edit

  • In a blooper reel of the Judd Apatow comedy movie The 40-Year Old Virgin, the main character Andy attempts to fool his friends into believing he had lost his virginity with a chinese woman. When one of his friends ask for her name, he replies by saying that it was Chun-Li.

Internet Edit

  • Chun-Li appeared in the 16th episode of Screwattack's "Death Battle" series where she was pitted against her SNK rival, Mai Shiranui. She ends up losing and the fight ends with Mai incinerating her down to her skeleton.

Webcomics Edit


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Music Edit

  • British indie rock band Arctic Monkeys has a song entitled "Chun-Li's Spinning Bird Kick" (a demo recorded before their debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not), a guitar-driven instrumental track still unreleased on record, but available over the Internet.
  • American Hip-Hop artist Nicki Minaj makes a reference to her in Willow Smith's song "Fireball" saying "Okay, I’m the street fighter, call me Chun-Li".
  • Haitian rapper Wyclef Jean referenced her in his song, "Guantanamera" saying, "If your name was Chun-Li, we'd be playin' Street Fighter."

ReferencesEdit

  1. YouTube - MegaMan 9 Intro
  2. YouTube - Breath of Fire - Chun Li cameo (pink outfit)
  3. YouTube - Breath of Fire - Chun Li cameo 2 (ending)
  4. YouTube - City Hunter - Street Fighter scene

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