Fei Long, as he appears in Super Street Fighter IV
|Height||5'7½" (172 cm) |
|Weight||135 lbs (60 kg) |
|Fighting style||Hitenryu (based on Jeet Kune Do)|
|Likes||Kung fu, self-assertiveness|
|Dislikes||Indifference, lacking emotion, faithless people, Shadaloo, S.I.N.|
|Rival(s)||Ryu, Yun, Abel, Makoto|
|Hobbies||Does his own stunts|
|Moveset||Rekkaken, Shienkyaku, Rekkukyaku, Tenshin, Rekkashinken, Shien Renkyaku, Ryuu Yassai, Rekkashingeki, Gekirinken|
|First game||Super Street Fighter II|
|English voice actor(s)||Matthew Mercer|
|Japanese voice actor(s)||Kousuke Toriumi (SFA3), Yuuichi Nakamura (SFIV)|
- "You must learn to block or my speed will always overcome you!"
- —Fei Long, Super Street Fighter II
Fei-Long (フェイロン, Fei Ron) is a character in the Street Fighter series. He first appeared as one of the four "New Challengers" in Super Street Fighter II, which was released in 1993. He later made his return in Street Fighter Alpha 3 as well as the Street Fighter IV series.
Character Basis Edit
Fei-Long is Capcom's tribute to the Jeet Kune Do movie legend Bruce Lee, the basis for his design. Not only do the two look alike and come from the same city, Fei-Long also lets out similar battle cries to Lee, and is just as furious and fast. Also, Fei Long (飛龍) is Mandarin for "flying dragon", as well as a type of kick. Bruce Lee's Chinese screen name was 李 小龍 (Li Siu-Long) or "little dragon." He was one of the early Bruce Lee inspired characters in fighting games, after Kim Dragon from World Heroes and Liu Kang from Mortal Kombat, but predating Marshall Law and his son Forrest Law from the Tekken series, Li Long and Maxi from the Soul series, and Jann Lee from the Dead or Alive series.
Fei Long is very serious most of the time. He is also shown to be calm at times. The best example of this is in his rival fight against Abel, where he is shown to be in a normal mood at first but all of a sudden loses his temper just as the Frenchman asks him for a fight 2 times. There are also times when Fei Long is shown to be a little cocky. This can be seen by many of his personal actions and also win quotes against certain characters. He is full of fighting spirit as shown in a lot of his win quotes and takes great pride in his fighting style which he seeks to honor it in all ways possible. He also despises all that is evil. Fei Long also enjoys a good match; although he is a famous martial arts movie's actor, he still takes his time to appear at underground fighting areas to find a worthy opponent to spar with (which can be seen in Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie).
A youthful and talented man from Hong Kong, Fei Long began training in Kung Fu from the age of six, eventually developing his own form, and fought on the streets to sharpen his skills until he caught the eye of a movie director, who got him into the movie business.
Though he did not participate in the tournament, he can be seen within the streets of Hong Kong during Dan Hikibi's stage watching the fight.
Engaging in many street fights in search of inspiration, Fei Long attracts the attention of the criminal organization Shadaloo, which tries to recruit him by force, sending Balrog and Vega after him. After the destruction of the Psycho Drive, a film based on these events is put into production with Fei Long as the star, catapulting him into the big time and making him an international sensation.
He makes a string of action movies until he participates in the second World Warrior tournament. During the tournament, he realizes that he prefers the real thing over the staged, choreographed fight scenes in his movies, and gives up his career to disappear into the streets. Despite this, he soon returns to the world of cinema.
Fei Long returns to the world tournament stage, after Shadaloo agents are suspected of attacking stage hands and co-stars in the movie he is working on. It transpires that the plot of the movie bears a dangerous resemblance to S.I.N. operations, which is what attracted their attention to the movie's cast and crew. During his journey, Fei Long encounters various fighters.
First, there is a young girl named Makoto who wants to fight Fei Long in order to build the reputation for her dojo. Fei Long, seeing great enthusiasm in the girl, agrees. He later encounters a man named Abel, who turns out to be an admirer of Fei Long and requests Fei Long to fight him, to which he also agrees. After their bout, Fei Long departs to continue his mandatory goal. Fei Long then faces and defeats the man behind the attack on his movie crew and the host of the tournament, Seth. When Fei-Long demands answers from Seth (or one of his copies), Seth replies that "Sometimes the media can get too close to the truth". However, the conversation is interrupted when a kunai (a ninja throwing dagger) strikes Seth in the neck, killing him. Fei Long leaves the S.I.N building without answers.
When Fei Long returns to the set, however, he is confronted again by Abel. Abel, having heard that Fei Long plans to investigate further into S.I.N. and Shadaloo, wants to help but also to warn Fei Long of the danger. When Fei Long replies that it's "Not a problem", Abel is satisfied, having had a feeling he would say that. He then asks "Where do I begin?".
Fei Long makes a minor appearance in the So-Shu sequence, where he evades the set of a film he is working on in order to watch an underground fighting tournament for entertainment. There, his eyes fall on Ryu, who was forced into the ring for criticizing the earlier fighters (although this is implied to be a fib from the bouncers) and who takes out the challenger with ease. Intrigued, Fei Long challenges Ryu and manages to land a few good hits, but Ryu eventually gains the upper hand and breaks Fei Long's arm. Enraged, Fei Long unleashes a Shienkyaku and hits Ryu directly in the chest, but Ryu surprises the actor with a quick recovery and takes him out with a Whirlwind Hurricane Kick. Later, while strolling with Ryu through the streets, Fei Long realises that Ryu is the man who beat Sagat a few years earlier, and feels more relieved about losing to him. Fei Long also mentions Sagat's induction into Shadaloo under M. Bison and gives Ryu a brief description about the syndicate. The two part ways as friends, with Fei Long implying a desire to fight Ryu again someday.
As in the games' continuity, Fei-Long is an up-and-coming martial arts film star, only presented as 17 years old and a fellow pupil of Chun-Li under her father, Inspector Dorai. Fei-Long first appears in China where he causes trouble by injuring various stuntmen during a fight scene on a film set, enraging the director (the same man from the animated movie). Despite being told that it is merely a film, Fei-Long still yearns for a worthy challenge, and claims that a true fight will make the film more realistic. When Ryu, Ken and Chun-Li pay a visit, Fei-Long suggests that one of them play the role of the villain, and Ken is selected, but Fei-Long and Ken's subsequent fight gets out of hand and they begin destroying the set by accident. The director, initially impressed by the fight, finally calls it off when Ken scores a direct hit on Fei-Long. Despite being bruised, Fei-Long accepts defeat gracefully and vows to fight both Ryu and Ken someday.
Later on in the series, Fei-Long pays a visit to Barcelona to visit his friends, and sees a news bulletin of Dorai's apparent murder at Shadowlaw's hands. The news shocks Fei-Long greatly and he breaks down, confessing that he loved Dorai more than his own father. The Chief of Interpol, Barrack, consoles Fei-Long and reveals to him in secret that Dorai is still alive, but barely, and the news of his survival has been covered up in order to protect him. Fei-Long resolves to protect Dorai, and ends up battling the assassin, Cammy, when she arrives to finish the job. During the fight, however, Cammy reveals that she was unaware she was working for Shadowlaw. Fei-Long and Cammy work with Barrack to catch Interpol's mole, Balrog, and once Balrog is subdued, Fei-Long and Barrack travel to M. Bison's base in order to arrest him. They arrive just as Ryu and Ken defeat Bison once and for all.
Fei-Long has two special techniques in his debut appearance in Super Street Fighter II. The Rekkaken (烈火拳? "Blazing Flame Fist") is a series of rushing punches towards his enemy. When the player inputs the Rekkaken command while Fei-Long is already performing the technique, he will follow it with another Rekkaken. He can perform up to three in a row, the third ending in a different cry and a cooldown that plays off of Bruce Lee's notable finale of tensing himself after the final blow. The Shienkyaku (熾炎脚? "Flame Igniting Kick"), his other special technique, is a jumping flame kick. This technique is also referred as the Rising Dragon Kick, due to its similarity with Ryu and Ken's Shoryuken (Rising Dragon Punch) and its similar input command. He gains an additional special technique and his first Super Combo Shienrenkyaku (熾炎連脚? "Flame Ignited Linked Kick") in Super Street Fighter II Turbo. The Rekkukyaku (裂空脚? "Air Tearing Kick") is a technique in which Fei-Long jumps towards the opponent with a spread kick. His Super Combo is the Rekkashinken (烈火真拳? "Blazing Flame True Fist"), a more powerful version of the Rekkaken.
In Street Fighter Alpha 3, he retains all of his techniques and gains two new Super Combos in A-ism mode. There is a more powerful version of the Shienkyaku. The Ryuhassai (龍八砕? "Eight Dragon Smash") is a Lv.3-only Super Combo in which he punches an opponent and then uppercuts them into the air, followed by a jump kick. If the move connects at maximum distance, then it becomes the Ryu Shin Hassai and does much more damage.
In Street Fighter IV, Fei Long retains his old Rekkaken punches and Shienkyaku whilst gaining new moves such as Rekkukyaku and Tenshin. The Rekkukyaku involves Fei Long performing a flying kick which he then branches into a front flip kick. The Tenshin is a grab in which Fei Long hooks his leg to the opponents and flips over them. This move allows him to catch the opponent off guard and set up certain combos.
He retains his the Rekkashinken Super Combo from Super Street Fighter II, and gains a new Ultra Combo called the Rekkashingeki, a more powerful variant that adds a flurry of punches after the third Rekkaken, and follows up with a flying flaming kick. In Super Street Fighter IV, Fei Long gains a counter Ultra Combo called the Gekirinken. Fei Long counters certain attacks by delivering a hard jump kick to the back of the opponent's leg, followed by a barrage of fast and deadly punches. He then finishes them off with the One Inch Punch.
The Seattle Times described Fei-Long as "the deadliest" of the new characters introduced in Super Street Fighter II. IGN ranked Fei-Long at number nineteen in their "Top 25 Street Fighter Characters" article, stating "If there's any martial arts star who deserves a video game homage, though, Bruce Lee is probably the one. Fei Long helped begin a long...string of characters inspired by the Kung Fu icon Bruce Lee".
- In Street Fighter 4, Fei Long's EX Rekkaken is imbued with flames, similar to its meaning, "Raging Fire Fist."
- In Street Fighter Alpha 3, Fei Long's story plot is related to Robert Clouse's Game of Death, which included Bruce Lee (only for the finale fight scenes though). The plot is similar because they both have a syndicate trying to make the martial artist join.
- Along with Akuma, Fei Long was the only original Street Fighter character not to appear in the Street Fighter movie , although it is assumed that the movie exclusive character Captain Sawada is his replacement (although Akuma did appear in the game based on the movie whereas Fei Long was dropped due to time constrains).
- Interestingly, compared to all the other Bruce Lee based characters from other fighting game franchises, Fei Long's story and background matches Bruce Lee's the closest. However there is a small difference, as Bruce Lee lived in the USA as an adult and had an American wife, whereas Fei Long has no apparent connection to the USA and is not married or not in a relationship.
- In Street Fighter IV, one of Fei Long's win quotes are "Float like a moth, sting like a hornet". This can be seen as a reference/tribute to the quote said by the legendary boxer Muhammed Ali which was "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee". It also combines the word hornet with the quote further referencing Lee as he played Kato in The Green Hornet television series.
- Fei Long's alternate outfit in Street Fighter IV is of Bruce Lee's fight attire from the opening scene of Enter the Dragon. His second alternate outfit in Super Street Fighter IV is of Kato who was a character played by Bruce Lee in the TV series, The Green Hornet. His third alternate outfit resembles a suit that Bruce Lee often wore.
- Fei Long is among the only two characters in Super Street Fighter IV who have been given a counter ultra with the other character being Cammy.
- Fei Long only eats Chinese food according to his win quote against El Fuerte in Super Street Fighter IV.
- Fei Long wears a top in his Super Street Fighter II and SSF2 Turbo portrait, despite not wearing one in normal gameplay. This is done so player selecting him can know what color they selected him on.
- In his ending for Super Street Fighter II, he somewhat mentions Bruce Lee and his son Brandon Lee when he says "There can never be another legend like the great one and his son". Also Bruce Lee's statue can be seen when the students are training.
- In Super Street Fighter IV, Fei Long's Gekirinken Ultra references the manga and anime series, Hokuto no Ken by combining the main character Kenshiro's "Hundred Crack Fist" with Bruce Lee's "One Inch Punch".
- Although he was seen using them in his win pose and on some of his artworks, Fei-Long unlike Bruce Lee, never actually used the nunchuck as weapon or a special move in any of the Street Fighter games, cartoons, or movies.
- Though the black and yellow suit that Bruce Lee wears in Game of Death does not appear in any of the games, Fei Long wears it in several issues of the UDON Street Fighter comic book and in Masahiko Nakahira's Cammy manga.
Stage Themes Edit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 http://www.capcom.co.jp/sf4/feilong.html#character_btn
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLE9CV8JuCk
|Street Fighter II Characters|
|Akuma – Balrog – Blanka – Cammy – Chun-Li – Dee Jay – Dhalsim – E. Honda – Fei Long – Guile – Ken – M. Bison – Ryu – Sagat – T. Hawk – Vega – Zangief|
|Street Fighter Alpha Characters|
|Adon – Akuma – Balrog – Birdie – Blanka – Cammy – Charlie – Chun-Li – Cody – Dan – Dee Jay – Dhalsim – E. Honda – Eagle – Evil Ryu – Fei Long – Gen – Guile – Guy – Ingrid – Juli – Juni – Karin – Ken – M. Bison – Maki – R. Mika – Rolento – Rose – Ryu – Sagat – Sakura – Shin Akuma – Sodom – T. Hawk – Vega – Zangief|
|Street Fighter IV Characters|
|Abel - Adon – Akuma – Balrog – Blanka – Cammy – Chun-Li – Cody - Crimson Viper – Dan – Dee Jay - Dhalsim - Dudley – E. Honda – El Fuerte – Evil Ryu - Fei Long – Gen – Gouken – Guile – Guy - Hakan - Ibuki - Juri - Ken – M. Bison - Makoto – Oni - Rose – Rufus – Ryu – Sagat – Sakura – Seth - Shin Akuma - T. Hawk - Vega – Yang - Yun - Zangief|