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- "I am the strongest woman in the world!"
- —Chun-Li (Street Fighter II)
- "Want to see my Kung-Fu? I'll show you.
(私のクンフー、 見せてあげる！ Watashi no kunfuu, misete ageru!?)"
- —Chun-Li (Street Fighter V)
Chun-Li (春麗 or チュンリー Shun Rei or Chunrī?, Simplified Chinese: 春丽) is a character in the Street Fighter series. She is the first female player character that appears in the series, one of the series' major lead characters alongside Ryu and Ken and the first playable female character to appear in a 1-on-1 fighting game. Introduced in Street Fighter II, Chun-Li was the only female character in the game, as well as one of the youngest fighters, and while not as physically powerful as the other characters, she is by far the quickest. She is one of the most popular playable female characters in the series.
Her most famous attack is the Hyakuretsukyaku ("Hundred Rending Legs", commonly known as the "Lightning Kick"), where she repeatedly kicks her opponent from a tilted standing position with incredible speed.
Chun-Li's name is Mandarin/pinyin (pronounced as "Chuen-lee"), (春, chūn, "spring"; 麗, lì, "beautiful", and actually meant to be written as "Chunli"), which means she is a single young girl filled with the beauty of spring. Shun Rei/Shunrei is the Japanese on'yomi reading of the name.
Older official sources from the early 90's indicate Chung was Chun-Li's surname, although it is worth noting this could very well not be the case anymore. In the live-action Street Fighter movie, Chun-Li was given the surname Zang/Xiang, but Capcom has not officially recognized it.
Chun-Li's appearance has differed several times in the Street Fighter series, as well as in official art and cameos she has made in other works. She is known for her very muscular thighs.
Chun-Li wears a qipao, a Chinese dress imported over from Manchuria that became popular among girls during the early 20th century. Her outfit is modified to allow a far wider range of movement than a normal qipao. She also wears white combat boots and a blue leotard with dark brown sheer pantyhose and a blue thong underneath with her qipao. Her qipao is blue with golden accents. She was originally supposed to wear a peach-colored qipao, as seen in her in-game profile and ending in the original Street Fighter II.
During the period covered in Street Fighter Alpha, she wore an embroidered vest, unitard and athletic shoes, as well as studded wristbands. It is unclear why she chose to stop using this outfit and switch to the qipao in subsequent Street Fighter games. With the switch to the qipao, she also swapped her wristbands for large spiked bracelets. In the Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation movie, her vest has changed to red instead of blue.
In Street Fighter II V, Chun-Li has seen wearing casual outfits throughout the episodes, including a red sleeveless v-neck qipao with a blue obi and it's ribbons are hanging loose at the right side, red Chinese pants, black Chinese shoes, her hair is tied in a high ponytail adorned with a long blue laced ribbon and a yellow formal sleeveless short dress adorned with orange lined ribbons (which resembles a skirt at the back), pink panties underneath and yellow open toed flats. When she was brainwashed, she wore her primary outfit but with minor changes, the color of her qipao is light blue with white accents, the front and back skirt are short instead of long, her brown pantyhose is replaced with blue kneepads and her hair is let loose.
In Street Fighter IV, Chun-Li's alternate outfit consists of a black sleeveless evening gown with gold accents at the bottom. She wears a black and gold sash held by a red rope-like belt. The outfit is completed with red shoes, gold earrings and black and gold bracelets. The outfit resembles the clothes she wore in one of the episodes in the cartoon series.
In various official art, she has also been shown in her police outfit, as well as (presumably) her favorite casual attire: a varsity-style jacket, T-shirt, jeans and white tennis shoes. It has been shown in some official art that when wearing her casual attire she also wears her Alpha wristbands.
In Street Fighter V, her first alternate costume is the sleeveless evening gown from Street Fighter IV and her hair is now loose. Her second is her police uniform.
Her hairstyle is called "ox horns", a typical style in which Chinese children dress their hair; depictions of girls in Chinese paintings frequently show girls in ox horns.
During the Alpha series, she chose to wear them unadorned, while in the remaining games, she uses silk brocades and ribbons to cover them, colored white to signify the mourning of her father. These silk brocades and ribbons that cover them are sometimes called bao.
In Street Fighter IV, when wearing her alternate costume, she wears her ox horns unadorned, just like in her Alpha appearance, only this time it's held by red ropes with golden balls at the tip, and it's not braided.
In Street Fighter II V, Chun-Li wore her hair up in one in a bun or sometimes in a ponytail. Later, when Bison brainwashed her, Chun-Li's hair was let loose.
Chun-Li is a resourceful and dedicated officer of the law with a strong sense of justice that rivals that of her father, as she strongly believes in protecting the innocent and saving the lives of others.
She is a highly disciplined, seasoned, and courageous woman, and is often the voice of reason. As an official of Interpol, she takes her work as a cop with pride (showing pride at what she does when she saves another), outside of her duty as a cop, she has an elegant, sweet, and feminine personality. Chun-Li however, is not without her flaws, as she has shown to get very competitive with criminals in Street Fighter media , and does not take kindly to those who insult her pride as a cop. Because of her devotion to justice, she often becomes allies and friends with other soldiers and cops. Additionally, she has shown great resilience and determination in pursuing intense crime originizations, such as Shadaloo.
Her old teacher, and her fathers friend. He was the person that hinted at Bison killing her father. However, in SFIV he didn't want to give her more answers which she tries to force him, but is unable.
Crimson Viper is one of Chun-Li's rivals, mostly because C. Viper "impeded" Chun-Li's investigation on Shadaloo and S.I.N. Chun-Li almost blew C. Viper's cover (her working for S.I.N.) and tried to take her in. It is unknown who won the battle between C. Viper and Chun-Li, but it is known that Chun-Li recovered data linking to Shadaloo and S.I.N.
Chun-Li failed to arrest her twice, the first being for brutalizing the Dolls, and the second for being in Chun-Li's rival cusctene in SSFIV. As much as she sees Chun-Li hating her, Juri enjoys mocking her more, even suggesting that Chun-Li has a "schoolgirl crush" on her.
Even though Balrog has a thing for women, Chun-Li is one exception.
Vega enjoys her beauty and mocking her. In SFIV he calls her a persistent wench and tries to play her mind calling himself a ghost. In SFV, he and Chun-Li battle off trying to learn more about her father but Vega escapes, he has even threatened to kill her.
Chun-Li has a huge hatred for Bison, mostly because he killed her father.
Her longtime friend and partner.
Chun-Li is the original fast character in the Street Fighter series, utilizing multiple rapid attacks rather than the slow damaging strikes of larger characters like Zangief. Her agile and swift movements are a favorite amongst game-players. It is interesting to note that in the early days of arcade fighting games, many other female characters played in a similarly speedy style, following the example set by Chun-Li. In previous games (mainly Street Fighter II) she was basically a charge character along with Guile and E. Honda but her style was changed in later games to give her a more technical feel as well as her trademark "speed" granted to the player.
In almost every game, Chun-Li's signature move is the Hyakuretsukyaku, which was her ability to throw multiple kicks in one sitting. Its easy accessibility (bluntly pressing a kick button rapidly) has become a staple in many games. Her Spinning Bird Kick acts like Ryu's and Ken's own Tatsumaki Senpukyaku. Chun-Li can also wall-jump, meaning that pressing in the opposite direction after touching the wall during a jump will allow her to bounce off of it. While jumping, she can perform a Stomp Kick on top of her opponent's heads. Beginning with Street Fighter Alpha, this move was replaced by the Sen'en Shuu, which was an overhead drop kick which knocked the opponent down. This, in itself, was replaced by the Hazanshu in Street Fighter III, which was a similar move where Chun-Li flipped in the air before attacking with her overhead kick. She also regained her Spinning Bird Kick in that game.
Her Kakukyakuraku was basically a move where she flips in the air and drop kicks her opponents on the head, causing them to fall down. This was replaced in Street Fighter III with the "Tenshin Shuu Kyaku" which requires her to jump all the way behind the opponent to attack, but also lets her combo afterward. Her trademark projectile is called the Kikoken, and has alternately been a motion attack and a charge attack depending on the game. Her Tenshokyaku enabled her to jump in the air and perform 3-4 consecutive kicks that can damage air born opponents.
Other notable moves that have appeared include the Sou Hakkei, a powerful palm strike that Chun-Li can do in her X-ISM mode in Street Fighter Alpha 3; the Reishiki Kikou Ken, a toned-down version of the Kikosho as it appeared in the Alpha games that Chun-Li can do at any time in the Marvel vs. Capcom series; and the Tenshin Embu in SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos, a command grab similar to Yun and Yang's Zenpou Tenshin that does no damage but leaves the opponent open to a combo.
Chun-Li's first Super Combo, the Senretsukyaku, was an extended Hyakuretsukyaku that moved Chun-Li forward and could go through fireballs. Her Kikosho, which she received in Street Fighter Alpha, was a stationary ball of energy that could hit attacks coming from above and in front. Her Hazan Tenshou Kyaku was a powered-up version of the Tenshokyaku. These moves received typical power increases in the Marvel vs. Capcom series.
Her appearance in Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike saw her retain only one Super Combo from before, the Kikosho, in a version that more resembled the Vs. version than the original Alpha version. Her two new Super Arts were the Houyoku Sen, a re-imagined Senretsukyaku that was made up of two flurries of rapid kicks followed by a final kick that sent the opponent upward; and the Tensei Ranka, an aerial flip-kick that ended with a final kick crashing straight downward.
In Street Fighter IV, Chun-Li gains a new Ultra Combo called Hosenka. It is very much like Houyoku Sen, except instead of kicking the opponent away after the Hyakuretsukyaku, she kicks the opponent upwards and does a powered-up Spinning Bird Kick, which causes a tornado and does significant damage. She then kicks the opponent up into the air with a lot of force, landing gracefully after the opponent falls back on to the floor.
In Super Street Fighter IV, the Kikosho returns as Chun-Li's second Ultra Combo. The Kikosho animation is nearly identical to what is depicted in Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike.
In crossover games, Chun-Li gains a Hyper Combo called Shichisei Senkuu Kyaku. Chun-Li passes through the opponent with a powerful kick. As the two are momentarily paused mid-air, the screen turns black and the kanji of the Hyper Combo's name appears on the screen, with the screen flashing afterwards.
At the age of five, Chun-Li saw her first classical Chinese play, Peking Opera, and her first Bruce Lee movie,  which fascinated her and also became part of the reasons why she started practicing martial arts.
She began by learning Tai Chi. However, Tai Chi was much different from the gorgeous movements she remembered from Peking Opera. Soon afterwards, her father taught her Hong Quan as well as various basic exercises from then on. With that, Chun-Li’s skills in Chinese martial arts improved rapidly. Chun-Li used mostly kicks when fighting. This was something she picked up from her father, who was also said to have "legendary legs." Chun-Li continued to develop her kick attacks, embracing techniques from a variety of martial arts, such as Capoeira, Chinese Martial arts, battle karate, Tae Kwon Do, thus eventually creating her own style.
Chun-Li would later become a detective at the age of eighteen in hopes of finding her missing father. She later followed in her father's footsteps and become a narcotics investigator at the I.C.P.O (International Criminal Police Organization), also known as Interpol, working as the organization's anti-Shadaloo investigator. Chun-Li was known as the "black sheep of the I.C.P.O.", as she was investigating Shadaloo for the illegal sales of narcotics and weapons when said evil organization got their hold of the high-ups of Interpol.
Chun-Li was an Interpol investigator who had been searching for clues to the recent disappearance of her father. Getting into a friendly spar with an old teacher of hers and friend of her father, Gen, he gives her a lead into who may have killed her father—the mysterious crime syndicate Shadaloo. Finding its leader, M. Bison, she demands he tell her what happened to her father. To her surprise, Bison attacks and basically makes quick work of her, then flies away, laughing at her and telling her if she attacks him again he will kill her just like he did her father. With tears in her eyes (the last she swore to ever shed), Chun-Li swore vengeance.
Chun-Li teamed up with a United States Air Force member, Charlie Nash, to try to track and take down Shadaloo. She then ran into someone she would not have expected at all. It was Charlie's good friend and fellow lieutenant, Guile. Telling Guile he should not get in over his head and to leave the two be, Chun-Li learns he has orders to bring Charlie back. Attempting to use force to stop him, Guile immediately appears and holds her in his arms telling her that she can't force Charlie to not make what is right and for good intentions; nonetheless, she insists that she and her partner be left alone, to which Guile replies that he will never abandon friends in need.
After eventually learning that Bison tricked the Air Force into canceling the planned bombing of the main Shadaloo base, Chun-Li rushed over to the two soldiers to tell them they were tricked and would have to destroy the base on their own. Chun-Li with Charlie and Guile proceeded to the Shadaloo base located in Thailand to plant bombs around the base as Charlie and Guile headed inside to destroy the Psycho Drive, but Guile then came rushing out, grabbing Chun-Li and telling her Charlie had urged both of them to get away.
Meanwhile, Ryu was fighting with M. Bison. Along the way Chun-Li saw a young girl escaping with several others (who turned out to be Cammy) and she found Ryu and escaped with him. Later Guile told her that Charlie was inside of the Shadaloo base during the explosion marking his apparent death in the process. Despite being distraught over the initial lack of evidence to prove Shadaloo's crimes, Chun-Li managed to shut down the operations of the Shadaloo evil empire.
Chun-Li received an invitation to the second World Warrior tournament, and discovered that Bison had apparently survived the Thailand base's destruction. With this, she had the clear motive of destroying Shadaloo and avenging her father once again. The outcome of this tournament is not clear, although regardless of the outcome, Bison himself finally falls at the hands of Ryu's nemesis, Akuma.
Some time after the fall of Shadaloo, Chun-Li, Guile and Cammy are summoned to a theme park to stop the rampage of Juri (a operative from Shadaloo's weapon division S.I.N.) who is wreaking extreme havoc. While Guile and Cammy try to evacuate the civilians still trapped, Chun-Li faces Juri just as she executes a rogue S.I.N agent and a woman. Juri seriously injures Chun-Li but before she can execute her, she is forced to flee when Guile and Cammy arrive due to her artificial eye malfunctioning. Guile later informs Chun-Li about their failure to apprehend Juri.
After retiring, Chun-Li finds life less than what she had hoped for, still feeling uneasiness. Eventually, incidents involving disappearances and abductions reach her, which rouse her fighting spirit, convincing her to return to the fight. Soon, she is tracked down by Guile, who reveals to her evidence of Shadaloo's return. She tells Guile that she is not just fighting for her father but also for herself, and that she will continue to be a cop.
Donning her outfit, she returns to Interpol and teams up with Guile and Cammy to take down S.I.N. and discover what really happened to M. Bison. After she recovers from being defeated by Juri Han, she enters the new international fighting tournament to take down S.I.N once and for all. On her way, she is approached by Abel, who is searching for any leads on the Shadaloo organization. During the tournament, she also pursues Gen, who is also participating, for more answers about her father's death; Gen refuses and she is unable to force him. She then confronts C.Viper and almost blows her cover because Viper was "impeding" her investigation. Later she encounters Juri once more, who she tries to arrest and although she is able to defeat her she is unable to bring her into custody. Infiltrating the S.I.N. dam facility, she is trapped when Vega activates the base's self-destruct sequence. She is protected from the ensuing collapse by Gen, and is eventually rescued by Guile and Abel.
As expected, Chun-Li returns in Street Fighter V.
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At her home in China, Chun-Li was talking to a Chinese girl named Li-Fen who also lives at her home while handing over her yellow ribbon and her studded wristbands from the Alpha series. She wants to know how to tie with a yellow ribbon as well as she wishes to be a brave police officer like she is. Chun-Li then teaches her how to tie a yellow ribbon in each sides to make it ox-horns while she tells her the story in how brave she was a few years ago where she attempts to arrest Vega who taunts her about her beauty is like a rosebud and knowing about how her father was killed. When Chun-Li continues her pursuit, she meets up with both Guile and Charlie as Charlie tells her that she can't fight by herself and he tested her strength by fighting him. After defeating Charlie, he tells her she can't do this alone and they are here to help her. By the time she confronts Vega again, they are blocked by Birdie along with Shadaloo soldiers as he attempts to attack them. Both Guile and Charlie manage to knock Birdie and some Shadaloo soldiers with both of their Flash Kicks allowing Chun-Li to chase Vega. The two fought again and Chun-Li finally defeats him and interrogates Vega about her father. Vega tells her that her father was killed by someone as he escapes from the helicopter. Chun-Li fails to apprehend Vega as she was encouraged by both Guile and Charlie from her bravery. Back at the present day, Chun-Li finishes to tie Li-Fen's hair into ox-horns which she was amused and wants to be strong like her. Chun-Li encourages her that if they work together, anything's possible and tells her to get ready as Li-Fen accepts.
A Shadow Falls
In the main story, Chun-Li teams up with Guile in his investigation about the destruction of New York due to the activation of the seven Moons created by M. Bison. When she and Guile confront M. Bison along with F.A.N.G, Balrog and Vega. Because of her vendetta against Bison, she fights him but Bison overpowers her rendering her severely injuries. When Bison deals the final blow on her, Cammy arrives in time to save her which makes their retreat with Guile. As Guile and Cammy are talking about the missing hackers and the chess pieces that they carried. Cammy gives Chun-Li the same chess piece before one of its hackers are killed they are soon confronted by a revived Charlie who manages to overpower Guile as she was forced to confront Rashid but ends up being beaten as the chess pieces are now taken by them.
Chun-Li is also one of the fighters has been enlisted by Karin Kanzuki because of the chess pieces they carried are actually the keys to stop Shadaloo's plan. She later teams up with Ken Masters and Cammy to find Laura at Brazil which Ken saves Sean from F.A.N.G. Chun-Li also recognizes Sean as being part of the Matsuda Family as she and Cammy are also disappointed on Laura's short temper and her hyper active behavior. When Cammy knocks the police down due to her job to protect Decapre, Chun-Li fails to stop Cammy after she carries an unconscious Decapre while riding away with Juri.
In their first infiltration at Shadaloo, Chun-Li notices Li-Fen who is revealed to know her was given the chess piece and she is one of the hackers. She and Karin eventually succeeds in aborting Shadaloo's plan but to their dismay, F.A.N.G uses Li-Fen to make a back up to make their plans not to be aborted causing them to retreat and regroup. Upon Ryu's arrival after defeating Necalli, Chun-Li was happy to see them as he joins with them to make a final assault against Shadaloo.
When Rashid sucessfully aborted Operation C.H.A.I.N.S., Chun-Li and Guile meet up with Charlie as both are forced to watch Charlie fights Bison until Charlie's sacrifice to defeat him as she stops Guile from nearing the blast made up by him. She later fights F.A.N.G who is now insane after surviving Marz's sacrifice attempt. She manages to knock him down to save Li-Fen. After Ryu ultimately defeats Bison, they escape the base with Li-Fen. Chun-Li tries her best to catch to both of them. Ryu manages to use his Denjin Hadoken to stop the fires from the explosion allowing Chun-Li to catch up to them. Chun-Li is last seen watching the destruction of Shadaloo and finally avenged her father's death.
After the events of Street Fighter V, Shadaloo has fallen, as noted by Urien in his pre-fight quote against Chun-Li, knowing that she was one of the fighters responsible for its downfall.Having made her peace, Chun-Li continued her work as a police officer, and retired from mainstream street fighting to teach young children martial arts. Urien kidnapped a young girl, Li-Fen, for his scientific projects, and Chun-Li manages to catch up to him. Challenging him, she defeats Urien and reclaims Li-Fen. Since then, Chun-Li has started to help her, as well as other kids, by teaching them to defend themselves with the art of Kung-Fu.
Over the years, Chun-Li has appeared in almost all of Capcom's fighting games. With the release of Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, she became the only character besides Ryu, Ken and Akuma to appear in all three major Street Fighter incarnations (Street Fighter II, Street Fighter Alpha and Street Fighter III).
Chun-Li is a regularly-used cameo character in Capcom games. She makes a cameo appearance in Mega Man 9 as a television news reporter during a prologue scene where Mega Man and Dr. Light are watching a breaking-news report. She appears as a boss in the semi-official crossover Street Fighter X Mega Man. Mega Man can obtain the Hyakuretsukyaku as a weapon by defeating her. She is also seen during the ending of the DLC expansion Nirvana of Asura's Wrath, apprehending a reincarnated Kalrow; the game refers to her simply as "Policewoman".
Chun-Li has appeared in all crossovers involving the series (i.e. Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes, SVC Chaos: SNK vs. Capcom, and Tatsunoko vs. Capcom). She is a playable character in the crossover RPG Namco x Capcom, eventually pairing up with Cammy. Chun-Li was also confirmed as a playable character for Street Fighter IV on December 7, 2007. Chun-Li appears in Street Fighter vs. X-Men, Street Fighter vs. Marvel Superheroes, Marvel vs. Capcom ,Marvel vs Capcom 2, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Street Fighter X Tekken, Project X Zone, in which she was a pair unit with Morrigan from the Darkstalkers series, and most recently in Project X Zone 2, in which she was a pair unit with Ling Xiaoyu from the Tekken series.
In Chun-Li's Marvel vs. Capcom ending, she is transformed into Shadow Lady, a playable boss who was easily recognized as a sprite swap for Chun-Li. Beyond the basic appearance, Shadow Lady had many unique moves in addition to Chun-Li's, due to being a cyborg. This includes transforming her hands into a spinning drill, firing rockets and zapping enemies with electricity.
Chun-Li hears of an escaped zoo animal. She apprehends Felicia by mistake and despite Felicia's protests, she is sent to the zoo. The next day she hears of an entertainer's (Felicia) mysterious disappearance.Kingpin.
She is a playable character in Street Fighter X Tekken. Her partner is Cammy and their Tekken rivals are Asuka Kazama and Lili De Rochefort. When Chun-Li and Cammy hear about the Pandora's box in Antartica and receive word that Shadaloo will be go after the box, the girls planned to head to Antartica and stop them. After making it to Antartica and defeating Ogre the two witness the box activate and disappear.
Chun-Li is one of the bosses of Street Fighter × Mega Man.
Chun-Li, Ryu and M. Bison appear in DeNA’s mobile RPG, Blood Brothers 2.
Live Action Movies and Series
Chun-Li was featured in the live-action film Street Fighter (1994). Her character was portrayed by Chinese-American Ming-Na Wen (who would later voice Mulan in the Disney film). Rather than being an INTERPOL officer, however, Chun-Li Zang is depicted here as a news reporter working for GNT News, in pursuit to seek revenge on M. Bison for causing her father's death. Other than her change of occupation, her personality remains the same.
In October 2006, Hyde Park Entertainment and Capcom announced its intention to produce another film adaptation with the storyline to focus on Chun-Li. This film will be more character-centered and story-based rather than following a "nebulous plot." Also, apparently it won't be just a Street Fighter movie with Chun-Li as the main character, along the lines of Guile in the first one, but it will be an actual Chun-Li film. Screenwriter Justin Marks was attached to write a script for the adaptation. Street Fighter is set for a 2008 release for the 20th anniversary of the fighting game series. The film adaptation was part of Capcom's multi-platform launch for 2008 that also launched video games and a potential TV series in 2008. Smalllville star Kristin Kreuk stepped down from the show to accept the role of Chun-Li in the 2009 adaptation.
Chun-Li was mentioned in Street Fighter: Resurrection episodes "New Challenger" and "Fight & Flight".
Chun-Li was featured as a main character of the Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie. As an Interpol agent, she requests to work with Guile to investigate Bison's organization. Guile at first doesn't want to work with her, more eager to pursue Bison himself, but Chun-Li remains persistent and she teases him into openly attacking her to get the frustration out of his system and showcase her martial art abilities. She convinces Guile that it is more important to put personal feelings of revenge aside and instead be practical and focus on how to work together. The two remain essentially inseparable afterwards until Bison becomes aware of their activities.
Despite her importance to the games, Chun-Li does not meet either Ryu or Ken or participate in the final battle against Bison in this movie, as she is ambushed in her apartment by Vega, Shadaloo's top assassin. After an intense battle, she manages to defeat him, but her injuries overwhelm her and she slips into a coma. A distraught Guile promises her he will bring Bison down and pursues the investigation without her, successfully tracking down Ryu minutes before Bison arrives.
Following Bison's defeat at the hands of Ryu and Ken, Interpol tracks down Shadaloo and destroys its central headquarters. Chun-Li eventually awakens from her coma, and pulls a comical and cruel prank on Guile by making it appear she has died, before surprising him with a newspaper headline announcing the downfall of Bison's operations. The two celebrate with an embrace.
In the original version Chun-Li was given a shower scene before her fight with Vega, which has been censored to varying degrees in all American releases. The recent re-release of the film by Manga Entertainment now offers both the "uncut" UK and original JP versions of the film.
In the 29-episode anime series, Chun-Li appears as the spirited tour guide to Ken and Ryu. Her character in this adaption is a far cry from the world's strongest woman since she is only 15 in this series, and is a Kung-Fu student under the guidance of her father, the highest-ranked police chief in Hong Kong. Chun-Li plays a sizable role in the finale when she is brainwashed by Bison's psycho power. She and Ken become something of an item during the Vega arc. She also challenges Bison to a fight and is defeated by him. Following this, she becomes one of Bison's brainwashed soldiers. It is not until after Bison is defeated by both Ryu and Ken that she regains consciousness again and reunites with the two fighters.
In the American Street Fighter animated series, Chun-Li was a regular character and was voiced by Donna Yamamoto. Like in the games, she seeks to avenge her father's death, who was killed by Bison and like her movie counterpart, she also works as a news reporter instead of working at INTERPOL. She first appears in the first episode "The Adventure Begins" where she meets up with Guile, Ryu and Ken in Brazil to fight against M. Bison who was causing trouble with Lucinda and some other scientists who were trying to find a cure a disease that was plaguing the area. In "The Strongest Woman in the World" we learn that Chun-Li saw her father killed by Bison when he was the only person to stay and defend their village. Chun-Li is then put with the dilemma of either allowing Bison to escape or have a nuclear plant destroy many innocent people in her home country China and is forced to let him go so the innocent people can be protected. In "Getting to Guile" Chun-Li fought off El Fideo's best men in a street fight in order to obtain some information she needed but while waiting in her hotel room for the information she was called to save Guile from Bison's mind control.
In Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation, Chun-Li is still an agent working for Interpol. She recently discovers that Shadaloo has a new leader called Professor Sadler. Chun-Li decides to team up with Ryu and Ken to get information about Sadler and the disappearance of her father.
The story begins with Chun-Li encounting Ryu when she and Wallace her partner were fighting Shadaloo's henchmen. Ryu joins in to help them in their fight. Chun-Li, amazed by Ryu's strength and power, decides to seek information about him. She came across an old article on the internet about Ryu defeating Sagat the Muay Thai Emperor. Wallace then reveals to her, that Shadaloo has a new leader called Professor Sadler who is coming to Japan to hold a street fighter tournament.
Curious about this, Chun-Li decides to investigate this.Luckily she meets with Ryu again on the streets with his long lost brother Shun.Chun-Li introduces herself as they enter an elevator inside a building heading into the tournament. Chun-Li, Ryu and Ken watch on the side lines while Shun enters the tournament to show Ryu how powerful he is. Shun's opponent was Zangief, who he got beaten up badly by. In the process, Shun reveals that he also has the Dark Hado just like Ryu. Chun-Li has never seen this kind of power before, and became very curious about this strange, evil power. Ryu runs in to stop the fight, only to be beaten up by Zangief as well. Enraged, Ryu taps into the Dark Hado and was about to unleash it on Zangief, but stops when he came to his senses, missing Zangief and blowing up the building accidently. Later, Shun was kidnapped by Shadaloo,Chun-Li and Wallace try stopping them, but they got away. Chun-Li tells Ryu that Shun was abducted by Shadaloo. She then carries Ryu to Interpol Headquarters to question him about Shun and the Dark Hado. Wallace wonders where Shadaloo has taken Shun.
Chun-li believes he's been taken to Sadler's lab, Ryu decides to find Shun with Chun-Li tagging along. Later, they meet with Ken to go to Sadler's second tournament for first class street fighters.While there, Ken realize that all the winners of the tournament are secretly being lead into Sadler's hideout by his henchmen. Curious, they investigate only to find out that the street fighters are being captured to have their data extracted. In the end, they discover that Sadler's goal is to become the strongest fighter alive by collecting different types of data from street fighters from around the world. However, his main goal was to extract the Dark Hado from Ryu. Sadler sent Shun to receive any useful information about Ryu, having Shun pretend to be Ryu's long lost brother to fool him.
Though Chun-Li and Ken were beaten when they faced Sadler, Sadler met his demise at the hands of Ryu. After the ordeal was over, Ryu, Ken and Chun-Li went back to their separate ways, continuing to fight to become stronger.In the end Chun-li hasn't receive any information about her father's disappearance.
Street Fighter (Korean animation)
Comics and Manga
Street Fighter II manga
In a Street Fighter II manga published in the early 1990s (written by Masaomi Kanzaki), Chun-Li remains in her established role of an interpol agent investigating Bison, but she constantly references and reflects a desire to earn the critical praise of Ryu as a fighter, she is also portrayed as a more emotional and light-hearted person.
As the manga progresses, she eventually participates in a tournament arranged by Shadaloo, and outlasts many of the other warriors, eventually coming up against Vega, portrayed here as her father's killer. Chun-Li defeats Vega, but as in the SF II movie, she cannot continue, and she is pulled from the tournament. Her injuries prevent her from doing much when Ryu and Bison confront one another, except call off an air strike by Interpol as the two fight.
Chun-Li appears one final time in the closing pages of the final issue of the Manga in a panel illustration depicting her arrest of a drug peddler, she remains eager to prove herself to Ryu, and sends him a letter conveying that determination.
Much like the anime SF II movie, the story stands alone from the established canon. Chun-Li's hero worship of Ryu was likely later used for the character of Sakura in the Alpha games.
In the manga based on Street Fighter Alpha, Chun-Li is again an agent of Interpol (as she is in almost all iterations save for the live action film).
In the manga, she encounters Ryu, who has fallen from grace when he began to give in to the Satsui no Hado, and had hired himself out as a bodyguard to some drug smugglers. She winds up befriending Ryu and Birdie as well as Ken; and Chun-Li, Ken, and Ryu begin trying to deal with the Satsui No Hado, though Chun-Li plays mostly a minor role in that regard. However, the three friends encounter members of Shadaloo, and Chun-Li, at the end of the first volume of the manga, rescues Cammy from being captured (or possibly killed, the manga doesn't say which, only that losers are 'stored' somewhere) after having her hand apparently crushed or at least injured in some way by Sodom. Shadaloo in the manga is once again responsible for the death of her father, though the exact identity of the killer has yet to be revealed.
Chun-LI makes an appearance in the second volume of the manga.
Although not a part of a story, Chun-LI makes a cameo appearance in the manga.
In the manga, Chun-Li has her own short story on the first volume, based on the events of Super Street Fighter II Turbo. Her story begins in San Francisco, where she managed to defeat a group of drug dealers and was detaining them. Eliza stopped by and picked Chun-Li up as she was staying in the Masters residence during her investigation of a new drug created by Shadaloo called "Spider". She said Ken was away, participating in a Martial Arts tournament in Japan. Teaming up with the San Francisco Police Department, they discovered that one of the drug dealers they detained revealed the distribution routes of the drug.
Chun-Li immediately jumped at the chance to capture the distributors and headed out of the station until she met an officer named Cain Zenigaya. The two found the hideout, which was, ironically, next door to Ken's house. As they went inside the house, they had noticed that the hideout was not heavily secured. They managed to go to the basement and were suddenly ambushed. Chun-Li easily subdued the thugs and found the creators of the "Spider" drug. She called Cain for some assistance until she suddenly felt pain. Cain revealed himself as a double agent for Shadaloo, calling himself the drug ring leader named "Spider" to lure Chun-Li into a trap and kill her. Using the drug in needles, Cain also said he had memorized her fighting style and purposely brought her to the basement to limit her abilities, which Chun-Li noticed that she was having some disadvantages in the fight.
As this was going on, Eliza was watering her plants and saw Chun-Li heading inside her neighbor's home. As time passed, she began to worry and immediately went next door to check on her. She heard noises coming from the basement and went downstairs, calling for Chun-Li and found her fighting against Cain. She almost slipped as Cain directly threw his needles at her. Sensed that Eliza is in danger, Chun-Li slipped through the needles and attacked Cain with her Senretsukyaku and finished him off with Tenshoukyaku.
At the end, Ken returned home, heard what had happened and berated Chun-Li that if Eliza was in danger again, she will never step foot into his home again. Eliza, however reassured him that the incident gave her more confidence on being a wife of a martial artist, which Ken was in a state of shocked.
Chun-Li also appear on Cammy's second short story on the second volume. On both volumes, Chun-Li's personality is more lively and girly in which the author apologized to fans in her notes.
In the 1990s, Malibu Comics produced a short-lived series of Street Fighter comics, which featured Chun-Li as having known Ryu and Ken since at least their later teens, along with her having either a romantic involvement with or interest in Ryu. So far, it's the only comic or manga known to have shown Chun-Li with her hair down. The comic primarily focused not on Chun-Li or Ryu in particular, but rather on the reaction of several of the characters to the murder of Ken Masters. As this comic was never finished (it was canceled after only three issues), the storyline was never resolved, and no mention was made of Chun-Li's father or of her connections to Interpol. This series was apparently produced sometime before the release of Super Street Fighter II, as none of the characters introduced in that game appeared in it.
Chun-Li becomes once again involved in the hunt for Shadaloo at her first year at Interpol with her father, However, it is not Bison who is the killer of Chun-Li's father personally by himself, but rather Killer Bee who was controling, prior to her being freed from Bison's control. Chun-Li battles Cammy when they meet face to face for the first time. Chun-Li winds up forgiving Cammy for her actions due to the fact that as she was a brainwashed servant of Bison's at that time, she was not responsible for the murder of Chun-Li's father, Bison was. As a result, she has turned her sights onto Bison in the hopes of attaining her revenge. Chun-Li's mode of dress changes several times throughout the series, from outfits worn in Street Fighter Alpha, to her more traditional qipao from the Street Fighter II games. She has received an invitation from Shadaloo to enter a tournament being held by Bison.
After Bison's defeat, Chun-Li decited to take the role of a teacher like Gen, inspiring other kids to do what is right, much like her father did with her during her eairly years, at some point she discovered a secret Shadaloo base and was captured by Vega
Chun-Li, along with various other Capcom and SEGA characters, is set to appear in the second Sonic the Hedgehog/MegaMan crossover comic, Worlds Unite. She is the first Street Fighter character to appear after being informed by Sticks that her would be taken over by a monsterous that known as Sigma and goes to help them out.
However, at the end of the crossover, the events of this story was altered due to time being changed by Phane, making every character return back to their home world not and having no memeroy of Sigma nor the events of the story.
- Chun-Li and Ryu have made the most crossover appearances out of the entire Street Fighter roster, having appeared in every single crossover project involving the Street Fighter franchise to date. However Chun-Li appears in fewer Street Fighter series games than Ryu and Ken (both debuting in the game prior to her debut as well as appearing in the first two installments of the Street Fighter III series, Chun-Li not appearing until the third installment).
- Chun-Li is one of the six characters in the Street Fighter IV series to have second rivals. Her second rival is Juri.
- According to an interview, Chun-Li's daily training regimen (at least during SFII) includes 7000 squat repetitions and bench pressing 150 kg. As a result her daily training, she takes pride in her foot moves. The spectacular active rumor is she's the target of Japan's female pro wrestling world scouts.
- She's a narcotics investigator during the SFII series, an Interpol officer during SFA1 and SFA2, and an anti- Shadaloo special criminal investigator during SFA3 (she was promoted to that position in her SFA1 ending, although that ending is non-canon but it's the position she seems to have during SFA3) The narcotics division is a special division within Interpol.
- From an interview with Eri-pyon, credited to Chun Li's Zero (Alpha) series design, she wears Adidas TRX sneakers.
- Chun-Li wanted to learn martial arts at the age of five because she saw a Bruce Lee movie, and is mentioned to be an avid Bruce Lee fan, with posters of him in her room. The fact that Fei Long resembles Bruce Lee and how that would affect Chun-Li's viewpoint of Fei Long has never been mentioned.
- Chun-Li's stage throughout the renditions of Street Fighter II has changed from morning to afternoon and later to dusk.
- In Street Fighter X Tekken, there is a running gag about Chun-Li's age when she faces certain female Tekken characters, e.g. Alisa and Xiaoyu, who comment about her age in their win quotes. Her win quote towards Nina also implies that Chun-Li is too embarrassed to speak of her age.
- In Street Fighter II V, Chun-Li is only two years younger than Ryu and Ken, while her official birth date has her as four years younger.
- During the Development of Street Fighter II, one of the game’s designer, Yoshiki Okamoto, originally wanted Chun-Li's health bar to be shorter than the other fighters'. He said “You know how each character has a life bar? At one point, I wanted to make the power gauge for Chun-Li shorter than for the other characters because women are not as strong. But [another designer] didn’t want to do that. We both had legitimate reasons, but then we came to an agreement to not make it shorter.”
- Chun-Li's moves in the Street Fighter II series
- Chun-Li's moves in Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike
- Chun-Li's moves in Street Fighter IV
- Chun-Li's moves in Super Street Fighter IV
- Chun-Li's moves in Street Fighter X Tekken
- Chun-Li's moves in Ultra Street Fighter IV
- Chun-Li's moves in Street Fighter V
- Chun-Li's moves in Street Fighter: The Movie (the arcade version)
- Chun-Li's moves in Street Fighter: The Movie (the console version)
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 http://www.capcom.co.jp/sf4/chunli.html
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Street Fighter: World Warrior Encyclopedia Hardcover
- ↑ Street Fighter II SNES manual, p.26
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Street Fighter V Stat Card
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 http://www.capcom.co.jp/sfv/chara_chunli.html
- ↑ Cite error: Invalid
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- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 Gal's Island #2 Capcom interviews
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 ALL ABOUT Series Vol. 14: ALL ABOUT Street Fighter ZERO 2. ISBN # 4-900700-23-1 Pag.27. Publisher Denpa Shinbunsha. Release Date 6-30-1996
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6-FQ9LJkxo
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZdr0XvGxPc
- ↑ http://www.eventhubs.com/news/2015/nov/13/dragons-trolls-samurai-and-m-bison-classic-street-fighter-characters-are-invading-blood-brothers-2/
- ↑ Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist Interview
- ↑ http://www.ubergizmo.com/2014/03/street-fighter-iis-chun-li-almost-came-with-a-shorter-life-bar/
|Street Fighter series playable characters|
|Street Fighter||Ken · Ryu|
|Street Fighter II||The World Warrior||Blanka · Chun-Li · Dhalsim · E. Honda · Guile · Zangief|
|Champion Edition||Balrog · M. Bison · Sagat · Vega|
|The New Challengers||Cammy · Dee Jay · Fei Long · T. Hawk|
|Street Fighter Alpha||Alpha||Adon · Birdie · Dan · Guy · Nash · Rose · Sodom|
|Alpha 2||Evil Ryu · Gen · Rolento · Sakura|
|Alpha 3||Cody · Juli · Juni · Karin · R. Mika|
|Alpha 3 Upper||Eagle · Maki|
|Alpha 3 MAX||Ingrid|
|Street Fighter III||New Generation||Alex · Dudley · Elena · Gill · Ibuki · Necro · Oro · Sean · Yang · Yun|
|2nd Impact||Hugo · Urien|
|3rd Strike||Makoto · Q · Remy · Twelve|
|Street Fighter IV||Original||Abel · C. Viper · El Fuerte · Gouken · Rufus · Seth|
|Super||Hakan · Juri|
|Ultra||Decapre · Poison|
|Street Fighter V||F.A.N.G · Laura · Necalli · Rashid|
|Street Fighter II Characters|
|The World Warrior||Blanka · Chun-Li · Dhalsim · E. Honda · Guile · Ken · Ryu · Zangief|
|Champion Edition||Balrog · M. Bison · Sagat · Vega|
|The New Challengers||Cammy · Dee Jay · Fei Long · T. Hawk|
|Street Fighter: The Movie Characters|
|Core Roster|| Akuma · Balrog · Cammy · Chun-Li · E. Honda · Guile · Ken|
M. Bison · Ryu · Sagat · Sawada · Vega · Zangief
|Arcade Only||Arkane · Blade · F7 · Khyber|
|Console Only||Blanka · Dee Jay|
|Street Fighter Alpha Characters|
|Alpha||Adon · Akuma · Birdie · Chun-Li · Dan · Guy · Ken · M. Bison · Nash · Rose · Ryu · Sagat · Sodom|
|Alpha 2||Cammy · Dhalsim · Evil Ryu · Gen · Rolento · Sakura · Zangief|
|Alpha 3||Original||Balrog · Blanka · Cody · E. Honda · Juli · Juni · Karin · R. Mika · Vega|
|Console||Dee Jay · Fei Long · Guile · T. Hawk|
|Upper||Eagle · Maki · Yun|
|Marvel vs. Capcom Characters|
|X-Men vs. Street Fighter||Akuma · Cammy · Chun-Li · Dhalsim · Ken · M. Bison · Nash · Ryu · Zangief|
|Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter||Cyber-Akuma · Dan · Dark Sakura · Mech-Zangief · Sakura · Shadow|
|Clash of Super Heroes||Shadow Lady|
|New Age of Heroes||Guile|
|Fate of Two Worlds||C. Viper · Haggar|
|Street Fighter EX Characters|
|EX|| Akuma · Allen · Blair · Chun-Li · C. Jack · Darun · D. Dark · Garuda · Guile|
Hokuto · Kairi · Ken · M. Bison · Pullum · Ryu · Skullomania · Zangief
|EX+||Bloody Hokuto · Cycloid-β · Cycloid-γ · Evil Ryu|
|EX+α||Dhalsim · Sakura|
|EX2||Blanka · Hayate · Nanase · Shadowgeist · Sharon · Vega|
|EX2+||Area · Sagat · V. Rosso|
|Street Fighter III Characters|
|New Generation||Alex · Dudley · Elena · Gill · Ibuki · Ken · Necro · Oro · Ryu · Sean · Yang · Yun|
|2nd Impact||Akuma · Hugo · Urien|
|3rd Strike||Chun-Li · Makoto · Q · Remy · Twelve|
|Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix Characters|
|Akuma · Chun-Li · Dan · Ibuki · Ken · Ryu · Sakura · Zangief|
|SNK vs. Capcom Characters|
|The Match of the Millennium||Akuma · Chun-Li · Dan · Evil Ryu · Guile · Ken · M. Bison · Ryu · Sakura · Zangief|
|Millennium Fight||Balrog · Blanka · Cammy · Dhalsim · E. Honda · Sagat · Vega|
|Mark of the Millennium||Eagle · Maki · Rolento · Shin Akuma · Yun|
|SVC Chaos||Hugo · Violent Ken|
|Capcom Fighting Evolution Characters|
|Street Fighter II||Guile · M. Bison · Ryu · Shin Akuma · Zangief|
|Street Fighter Alpha||Guy · Karin · Rose · Sakura|
|Street Fighter III||Alex · Chun-Li · Urien · Yun|
|Street Fighter Online: Mouse Generation Characters|
|Chun-Li · Guile · Ken · Ryu · Shin · Zangief|
|Street Fighter IV Characters|
|Original|| Abel · Akuma · Balrog · Blanka · Chun-Li · C. Viper · Dhalsim · E. Honda · El Fuerte|
Guile · Ken · M. Bison · Rufus · Ryu · Sagat · Vega · Zangief
|Console||Cammy · Dan · Fei Long · Gen · Gouken · Rose · Seth · Sakura|
|Super||Adon · Cody · Dee Jay · Dudley · Guy · Hakan · Ibuki · Juri · Makoto · T. Hawk|
|Arcade Edition||Evil Ryu · Oni · Yang · Yun|
|Ultra||Decapre · Elena · Hugo · Poison · Rolento|
|Street Fighter X Tekken Characters|
|Core Roster|| Abel · Akuma · Balrog · Cammy · Chun-Li · Dhalsim · Guile · Hugo · Ibuki · Juri|
Ken · M. Bison · Poison · Rufus · Rolento · Ryu · Sagat · Vega · Zangief
|Downloadable||Blanka · Cody · Dudley · Elena · Guy · Sakura|
|Street Fighter V Characters|
|Core Roster|| Birdie · Cammy · Chun-Li · Dhalsim · F.A.N.G · Karin · Ken · Laura|
M. Bison · Nash · Necalli · R. Mika · Rashid · Ryu · Vega · Zangief
|Season 1||Alex · Balrog · Guile · Ibuki · Juri · Urien|
|Non-playable|| März · Aprile · Santamu · Decapre · Satsuki · Février · Enero · Juli|
AS-D · AS-M · AS-V · AS-R · Peter
|Tekken X Street Fighter Characters|
|Chun-Li · Ryu|