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Crimson Viper Sf4-crimson-viper
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Crimson Viper, as she appears in Super Street Fighter IV.
Crimson Viper
Birthdate July 18[1]
Birthplace United States United States of America[1]
Height 5'9" (175 cm)[1]
Weight 123 lbs (56 kg)[1]
Eye color Green
Hair color Crimson
Blood type AB[1]
Fighting style Style using secret spy fighting gadgets[1]
Likes Her daughter, money[1]
Dislikes Doing overtime[1], those who interfere with her missions
Rival(s) Chun-Li, Cammy, M. Bison, Seth, Hakan
Hobbies Magic tricks[2]
Moveset Thunder Knuckle, Burning Kick, Seismic Hammer, Emergency Combination, Burst Time, Burning Dance, Viper Full Throttle (in MVC3)
First game Street Fighter IV
English voice actor(s) Michelle Ruff
Japanese voice actor(s) Mie Sonozaki
Live action actor(s) Moon Bloodgood (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li)
"Try getting a real job!"
—Crimson Viper
"Yes, that's right... Understood. (ええ そのようです 了解! Ee sono youdesu Ryoukai!?)"
—Crimson Viper (Street Fighter IV series)

Crimson Viper (クリムゾン・ヴァイパー Kurimuzon Vaipaa?), also known as Maya (マヤ?), is a character in the Street Fighter series. She is an American fighter who enters and participates in S.I.N.'s tournament under the guise of acquiring data for the Battle Suit for S.I.N., though her true motives are to acquire data from the BLECE Project, in addition to eliminating "Number 15".

BiographyEdit

AppearanceEdit

Crimson Viper wears a specially designed Battle Suit for the tournament, developed and manufactured by S.I.N.. When inquired by an Executive as to the reason for her participation in the tournament, she states that she's the only test subject to fully utilize the suit's capabilities effectively, and thus is the prime candidate for the field test.

The suit is remarkable in the sense that it resembles an ordinary business suit, though two weapons lurk within the accompanying gloves and boots. The Battle Suit presumably does not protect the wearer from damage, as it was designed for stealth and ease of concealment.

PersonalityEdit

Crimson Viper's working personality is superior and condescending, as seen in her interactions with Chun-Li, Cammy and Hakan. However, she is also genuinely interested in the inner workings and problems of the other fighters, as shown in her various win-quotes, but when it comes to her missions, Viper will not let anyone stop her from completing her goals.

When Viper is not doing missions, she is shown to be a loving mother, as shown in her Super Street Fighter IV ending.

ConceptEdit

Designed by Capcom artist Daigo Ikeno, C. Viper was designed around the concept of a 20 year old single mother.[citation needed] Visually, she resembles Sharon, a redheaded special agent from Street Fighter EX 2.

C. Viper was also designed based upon marketing research on what sorts of characters an American audience would enjoy playing, and tailored her towards Western tastes as an experiment to see how audiences would receive the character.[citation needed]

In response to claims that the character resembled one found more commonly in SNK developed games, Capcom producer Yoshinori Ono retorted that the resemblance was unintended, and that she was created from the best parts of several proposed designs during early development. He went on to state that she was also an attempt to create a character with a "cool" design, which he feels are predominate in SNK titles.[citation needed]

StoryEdit

Ultra Street Fighter IV Edit

Though employed by S.I.N., in reality, Crimson Viper is a secret agent under the employ of a U.S. government agency, later shown to be the CIA. She is in charge of the "Battle Suit project" in her role as S.I.N. operative, and enters the tournament they are holding to test the prototype. If successful, she will be reassigned to the BLECE project.[3] In addition to this, she's also to scout for potential recruits on a list she is given, one of whom is Hakan - whom she rejects as a candidate.

Before the tournament, she is informed that members of a C.I.A. team which was investigating S.I.N.'s rumored links to Shadaloo have all been assassinated.[4] Realizing that she alone must finish the mission, she infiltrates S.I.N.'s HQ searching for information. While there, she comes across a wounded Seth, who recognizes her as a CIA agent. She responds by finishing him off.[3] Unfortunately, the data pertaining to BLECE is destroyed by Cammy before Viper has a chance to copy it, resulting in several years of investigation disappearing into thin air. The data linking Shadaloo to S.I.N. is not destroyed, however, and is recovered by Chun-Li prior to the Facility's destruction.

Returning back to the CIA, she reports to her superiors that "#15" (i.e. Seth) has been eliminated, and that the "remaining 26" are in her sights.[3] She then returns home to her daughter Lauren, who is finally seen and confirmed after having gradually been hinted at since the Street Fighter IV: The Ties That Bind anime.

Movies and Animations Edit

Street Fighter IV: The Ties That Bind Edit

Prior to the tournament, Viper attacked Ryu under Seth's orders to test his skills, but the fight is interrupted by Cammy; Viper manages to defeat and brutally torture her in an attempt to enrage Ryu into giving into the Satsui no Hado. She is successful, but the surge of the power destroys her monitoring equipment, and she is forced to flee back to S.I.N..

SSFIV Juri OVA Edit

C. Viper appeared near the end of the OVA having remotely hacked into Chun Li's laptop and monitored the battle with Juri at Shadaloo's base in the mountains. Commenting on the events, she hoped Chun Li had managed to dig up good Intel on Juri, and looks forward to the Interpol agent continuing to purse the Taekwondo fighter for Crimson Viper's purposes.

The Legend of Chun-Li Edit

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li depicts a character, Detective Maya Sunee, who is based on Crimson Viper, according to the "Making of" commentary included on the DVD.

Comics Edit

UDON comics Edit

C. Viper appeared in UDON's Street Fighter IV comic, which focuses on her and the game's other newcomers. She is shown working undercover for an unknown employer in order to discover S.I.N.'s plans. To that end, she infiltrates the organization and, at 15's request, she kidnaps fighters all over the world, due to the latent Satsui no Hado within their bodies. Her final target turns out to be Sakura, whom she abducts along with Dan in Japan. Tricking 15 into learning how the BLECE project works, Viper starts having second thoughts about her mission and, even though she is instructed to let S.I.N.'s plans run their course, she has a change of heart and breaks into the S.I.N. facility where the fighters are being held captive, releasing them and also stealing vital data from the project before the facility - and the BLECE machinery - is destroyed in an explosion. Viper manages to cover up her part in the events from both her employer and S.I.N. through clever manipulation, however.

Crossover Appearances Edit

Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Edit

C. Viper is a playable character in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and its updated version, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. She is the first Street Fighter IV representative to be playable in the series. In her ending, she is confronted by Nick Fury, who seems to be impressed with her skills and offers her a chance to work as part of S.H.I.E.L.D. This is hinted at by Captain America in his win quote against Viper: "S.H.I.E.L.D could use an agent of your skill. One with a bit more training, anyway."

Gameplay and fighting styleEdit

As a CIA agent, Crimson Viper likely went through the same training regiment as all other CIA operatives, which can be surmised to mirror that of the real-life organization; included among the styles utilized in training are judo and Krav Maga.[5]

Crimson Viper's techniques in particular are centered around augmenting her natural speed and agility with her special Battle Suit. The gloves have metal knuckles that can be electrically charged, creating visual arcs of electricity when enough power is supplied; these can stun or damage an opponent quite heavily based on the limiter's settings, often via sending powerful shockwaves through the ground.

The boots hold jets inside the arc between the heel and sole, with a switch on the side of the boot activating the temporary jet propulsion. The boots are capable of granting the wearer a much greater jumping ability, though Viper frequently fires them up and uses them for a defensive, burning kick.

Viper's use of high-tech weaponry is commented on frequently by the other characters, and is usually looked down upon due to their 'unorthodox' nature.

Gameplay-wise, Viper is useful as a rushdown character, and can keep foes off-balance with her speed and variable attacks.

Super and Ultra CombosEdit

Crimson Viper's Super Combo, the Emergency Combination, has her charging her gloves, then delivering a punch to the gut, then a Thunder Knuckle to the face and finishing with a burning backflip kick. The punch button pressed determines the speed and range that the super combo covers (the Light version covers half the screen but has a very long gap inbetween the moves, the Medium version covers a bit further and has a lower gap and the Heavy version covers a very short range but there is no gap between the moves).

Crimson Viper's first Ultra Combo, Burst Time, has her overcharging her gloves and punching the ground to create an electrical explosion. Crimson Viper then performs four backflip kicks that juggle the opponent in the air. The Burst Time comes with a lot of startup and recovery, so comboing into it from a juggle or crumpling the opponent beforehand is the best method of insuring that it will hit.

Crimson Viper's second Ultra Combo, the Burning Dance, has her crashing into her opponent foot first from the air and then surfing them to the edge of the screen. She then cartwheels and catches her opponent with her crossed wrists while soaring upwards with her boots. At the peak of the jump, Crimson Viper electrocutes her opponent and backflips to land on her feet. As it can only be performed in the air, the Burning Dance is a very hard move to combo into. On the other hand, it has a tiny amount of startup and there are ways to combo into it if timed right.

QuotesEdit

See: Crimson Viper/Quotes.

TriviaEdit

  • C. Viper is the first playable female character from the United States in the series.
  • Crimson Viper's appearance could most likely be inspired by Angelina Jolie's roles in Mr. & Mrs. Smith and Tomb Raider.
  • She has a mobile phone very similar to the Nokia N76, as seen in Street Fighter IV: The Ties That Bind.
  • In the Ties that Bind OAV her boots allow sustained flight, though in-game they can only provide quick bursts of height. This is not surprising, though, for no character is able to fly in-game in the Street Fighter series.
  • The Super Street Fighter IV website lists her birth date as July 18 and the Marvel vs. Capcom 3 site lists her age as 30.
  • Viper's second alternate costume features a logo around the chest area incredibly similar to that of the real-life CIA.
  • Her suit and moves closely resemble those of fellow Capcom character Captain Commando.
  • C. Viper's gloves and boots are fully visible if she is wearing either her Street Fighter IV or Super Street Fighter IV alternate costumes.
  • C. Viper is the only playable character from SFIV not to make a direct and/or cameo appearance in Street Fighter X Tekken. However, Tekken character Jin Kazama dons a battlesuit similar to Viper's as one of his Swap Costumes, and Viper herself is referenced in the descriptions (and the Japanese website).
  • C. Viper might have worked with Colonel Wolfman (Cammy's boss in Delta Red) in the past, according her post-round win quote against Cammy.
  • An unlockable title for Viper in Super Street Fighter IV, captioned "Gotta Quit Smoking" suggests (though not confirmed) that Viper is a smoker. 

Stage ThemeEdit

GalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 http://www.capcom.co.jp/sf4/viper.html
  2. Street Fighter: World Warrior Encyclopedia
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPkzWFLwMoU
  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdRZx3JJ7Ns
  5. PRLog: Krav Maga Training as Taught to the CIA and the FBI

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