Juri, as she appears in the Street Fighter IV series.
|Height||5'5" (165 cm)|
|Weight||101 lbs (46 kg)|
|Hair color||Dark brown/black|
|Fighting style||Taekwondo, ki attacks|
|Likes||Spicy foods, spiders, fighting strong opponents, death, destruction|
|Dislikes||Rules, boring people, Shadaloo, M. Bison|
|Rival(s)||Chun-Li, Cammy, M. Bison|
|Moveset||Fuhajin, Shikusen, Senpusha, Kasatushi, Fuharenjin, Feng Shui Engine, Kaisen Dankairaku|
|First game||Super Street Fighter IV|
|English voice actor(s)||Jessica Straus|
|Japanese voice actor(s)||Eri Kitamura|
- "Juri... That power... That eye... She's no ordinary fighter. She is an untamed animal who seeks to destroy and consume all that enters her sight...She has altered her own body in her insatiable quest for power. She respects no law. No morality. She does whatever it takes to achieve her goals and quench her limitless thirst."
- —Seth describing Juri (Super Street Fighter IV)
- "Hmm... You look like you're in good shape. (ふ～ん なかなかイイ身体してるじゃねぇか Huun Nakanaka ii karada shi teru janee ka?)"
- —Juri (Street Fighter IV series)
Juri Han (ハン・ジュリ Han Juri?, Korean: 한주리 or 韓蛛俐) is a character in the Street Fighter series. She makes her debut in Super Street Fighter IV, where she is a main character in the storyline. She is 25 years old (as of Super Street Fighter IV) and is described as a somewhat mean and nasty member of S.I.N.
Juri is the first South Korean character and the first Taekwondo user in the Street Fighter series, as well as the first true villainess/anti-villainess and one of the anti-heroes, the first being Sagat.
Juri wears a purple dudou (a form of Chinese underwear) on her chest supported with eight straps that meet on her back, forming a spider pattern. She wears long, baggy, off-white colored trousers and purple tights, and long, fingerless gloves. Her fingernails and toenails are painted bright pink. She has dark hair styled into two horn-like bangs at the top of her head, which appear to be fastened with pink ribbons. She wears Taekwondo foot wraps on her feet.
Her left eye was damaged long ago (explained below) and replaced with a machine that amplifies her abilities.
Super Street Fighter IV's development team was instructed to make a female, Korean character, in response to many Korean fans who wished for Capcom to add a Korean character in Street Fighter, something already established by SNK and Namco in their respective fighting franchises. According to Capcom senior staff member Yoshinori Ono, the team had planned to include a Korean character since soon after Street Fighter II became popular in Korea but the Korean government had a strict limitation against the Japanese language and culture, preventing them from including such a character. However, rival fighting game series (released some time shortly after Street Fighter II), such as SNK's Fatal Fury and Namco's Tekken, have had Korean characters, so it is unclear if this excuse is accurate.
The designers toyed with many different ideas, totaling between 400 and 500 variations of the character's appearance; there were hundreds of concept designs for Juri, including an overweight version and one that used mixed martial arts. Design Director Kamei said regarding Juri: "From the start, we felt like, 'let's make her an evil, sexy character'."
The creators decided to give Juri a strong, unusual personality to make her a character which people will either love or hate. Juri was designed to be a member of S.I.N. in order to associate her with the Street Fighter IV characters; thus, the Feng Shui Engine was created to give her a strong connection with S.I.N. The creators thought about putting the engine in her abdomen (like Seth's Tanden Engine), but as this looked unattractive, they ended up putting it in her eye.
An idea early in development was to have her in a tragic love story, caught up with the wrong people. However, once this was put to Yoshinori Ono, he responded: "No way, that's no good, she can't be a good girl. Surprise everyone and make her a really evil chick." They also chose to make a spider Juri's trademark, explaining the spider-web design on her top and her nickname, Spider. Her behavior and personality are also typically likened to that of a female "spider", as many species are known in particular for eating their mates.
Taekwondo had not been used by any character in the Street Fighter series before, so they decided that it would be a great chance to make Juri a practitioner. Juri's outfit was designed specifically so that her silhouette would look like a traditional Taekwondo outfit, but they gave her bright colors and unique designs to differentiate her from the rest of the cast.
Juri fights purely for the thrill of the battle; unlike Ryu, who seeks meaning, her drive is more vengeful and ruthless, as she likes inflicting pain on her foes, and can easily lose her temper when she is struck back in retaliation without warning. She displays several traits of a femme fatale, as she makes provocative and suggestive remarks toward her enemies, as well seen in her win quotes; she is also cunning and manipulative, and not above leaving her partners to further her own agenda. At times she appears to be brooding and depressed.
However, despite her vengeful and ruthless behavior, she still has some vague sense of honor; during her mission (in the Super Street Fighter IV OVA), she left a young boy alive despite many civilians being caught in the crossfire. Juri also appears to detest fighting children, and views Evil Ryu to be a far more abhorrent type of ruthlessness, which somewhat contradicts her opinion on other Ansatsuken users.
Juri and Chun-Li have a strong rivalry. Chun-Li has tried to arrest Juri at least twice, including when Juri captures and brutalizes the Dolls, despite originally expressing disdain at having to fight women.
Unlike Chun-Li's hatred for her and all criminals, Juri does not seem to hate Chun-Li as much as she does enjoy toying and mocking her, even suggesting at some point that Chun-Li has a "schoolgirl crush" on her.
In Project X Zone, Chun-Li sees that Juri still have some good in her. After that, Juri would accept the offer to join the other heroes to save the universe.
Juri and Cammy have a mutual contempt for each other. Cammy bears a grudge against Juri for what she did to her "sisters", the Dolls, while Juri claims that Cammy is sinful because of what she did in the past, before she lost her memory.
Juri hates M. Bison with a passion, as his organization was responsible for the murder of her parents and the loss of her left eye, and she constantly plots to destroy him. Conversely, M. Bison regards Juri as he does many of his usurping 'pawns', if not most of his foes in general: a minor nuisance at worst.
Juri sees Seth as a pawn in her attempt to get revenge for the murder of her parents, despite the perverse joy she displays in working for him and brutally dealing with the enemies of S.I.N.
Early History Edit
In the S.I.N. laboratory, Juri undergoes an operation on her eye. She gains the Feng Shui Engine, which gives her incredible ki, speed and power. It is revealed that Juri was a prominent practitioner of Taekwondo when she was 15. Her father was a lawyer in charge of prosecuting organized crime operations. In this capacity, Shadaloo was his next target, causing her family to be kidnapped by that very organization. During the ordeal, Juri lost her parents, and her left eye was gravely wounded.
After the operation, Juri proceeds to assassinate operatives in a public area which was her first mission to test out the Feng Shui Engine. Even with guns, her enemies stood no chance against her as she took them out one by one by attacking them from behind. Chun-Li, Cammy and Guile were called to the scene to stop her massacre. Chun-Li rushes into the scene to arrest Juri, and arrives just as Juri kills the gunmen using the Ki of her Feng Shui Engine from the inside a building, a woman dies in the attack mistakenly (however, a boy survives). Juri and Chun-Li battle, ending with Juri unleashing her eye's power and knocking out Chun-Li. As her victim lay on the ground, Juri prepares to deal the finishing blow. However, her Feng Shui Engine malfunctioned, forcing her to flee back to the lab.
After fixing it, Seth assigns Juri her next mission: capturing M. Bison's elite female assassins, the Dolls. Juri flies to the base of the Dolls with several S.I.N. employees. She manages to defeat every single assassin in combat, including Juli and Juni. As she carries the two unconscious assassins away to an S.I.N. plane, Cammy and Guile arrive.
They have a heated fight, but Juri comes out on top and manages to incapacitate Guile. She boards her plane and straps Juni and Juli to beds with wheels. As it takes off, Cammy manages to jump and grab onto the open boarding ramp, and confronts Juri for one final time. After an intense conflict, Juri pushes one of the rolling tables (with Juni on it) which collides with Cammy, who both fall off the boarding ramp into mid-air. They survive the fall, though, as there was soft snow to break their fall.
- "I just wanted to pit you two idiots together while I took over."
- —Juri Han, referring to Seth and Bison
During the global tournament hosted by Seth, he sends Juri in to participate; she sees it as a perfect opportunity for some 'fun.' During the tournament, Juri is confronted by Cammy and Chun-Li again; the results of the fights are unknown. Juri then continues to tend to her hidden agenda.
In her ending, she approaches Seth, who was incapacitated as a result of Bison's brutal beating, and taunts him for "being nothing more than Bison's spare body." Before she is to dispose of him, she reveals that she was to serve S. I. N. for as long as it suited her purposes, while she was merely trying to pit Seth and Bison against each other - a task Seth obviously was not up to. Juri then viciously crushes Seth's Tanden Engine by stomping on it, and leaves him for dead.
Juri is a playable character in Street Fighter X Tekken.
In the fifth CG trailer, she is seen defeating Ling Xiaoyu during Bison's raid on Mishima Zaibatsu. Juri kicks Xiaoyu into Jin Kazama's office, where Jin is fighting off Bison. Seeing Xiaoyu being beaten down causes Jin to give in to the power of the Devil Gene, and he quickly grabs Juri by her head, but hesitates to finish her off as he is trying to regain control of his body. Juri takes the opportunity to activate her Feng Shui Engine and kick Jin away, and Bison intervenes and strikes Jin down, using his trademark Psycho Crusher to finish him off. However, Jin is finally transformed by his Devil Gene as both stare at him, intimidated by his power.
Juri and Bison's ending is similar to that of fellow Shadaloo members Vega and Balrog. Bison begins harnessing Pandora and plans to take over the world. While he is seemingly distracted, Juri attempts to strike him down. Bison easily avoids her attack by teleporting above her, and tells her that he knew all along what she was up to, mocking her predictability. As the tension mounts, the power of Pandora awakens within them and the two begin charging at each other. The screen then fades to black. After defeating M. Bison, she falls under the evil influence of Pandora, and goes to fight in many tournaments around the world against other fighters, eventually getting the attention of many tournament hosts around the world to want her to fight for them.
In Namco's crossover RPG for the 3DS, Juri appears along with Seth, Alisa Boscovonitch and Dural as a rival unit, and later switches sides to become a solo unit along with Heihachi Mishima and Alisa Bosconovitch.
Juri appears in UDON's Super Street Fighter: New Generations comics.
Gameplay and fighting styleEdit
Like most practitioners of Tae Kwon Do in fighting games (e.g. Kim Kaphwan from Fatal Fury/The King of Fighters and Hwoarang from Tekken), Juri is an offensive-oriented, general rushdown character whose moveset mostly focuses on various kicks; she is a very flashy fighter who likes to toy with her opponent, and is used best in bursts of aggression or playing footsies.
Juri "roughs up" many traditional Tae Kwon Do moves by putting her own sadistic spin on them, as well as throwing in a few of her own moves. She is designed to be a hectic character with fast attacks that keep her opponents off guard; as such, she is weak defensively, and many of her moves can leave her open if blocked. She was created to be a very hard character to learn, yet very rewarding once fully mastered.
Juri has a short-range projectile that she can choose to charge in a method similar to Balrog's Turn Punch or El Fuerte's Quesadilla Bomb. If she chooses to charge it, she does a high kick that leaves a trail of energy which will hit very close opponents or cancel out approaching projectiles if timed correctly. Juri can then unleash her fireball/projectile at any time after that by releasing the button, either immediately or much later in the match. She also possesses an aerial dive kick that moves at several ranges depending on the kick button pressed, and can be followed up with more kicks, unlike most dive kicks.
Her most notable technique is her pinwheel kick, which moves her forward as she does a wheel kick similar to Guile's Flash Kick and Chun-Li's Spinning Bird Kick. Juri also has a counter move known as Kasatushi, in which she taunts her enemy into hitting her, and if the opponent strikes, Juri will either move backwards, jump into the air (and optionally react with an air attack), or dart behind her opponent.
Juri's Super Combo, Fuharenjin, has her unleash a flurry of fireballs that juggles the opponent, ending with a fireball that hits the opponent in the air diagonally. Her first Ultra Combo is Feng Shui Engine, which is a time-based move that allows her to chain together combos with her normal moves that ordinarily wouldn't combo together via the power of Juri's eponymous eye. Her second Ultra Combo is Kaisen Dankairaku (chosen more often due to its easier use and direct damage), where Juri kicks the opponent, follows up with a multi-hit helicopter kick, and then kicks her opponent to the ground. Using the Feng Shui Engine's power, she gets to the ground before they land, "catches" them with one last kick, and then slams her opponent to the ground.
- Her Shikusen has follow up moves called "Second Impact" and "Third Strike", a reference to the Street Fighter III sub series.
- Yoshinori Ono commented that Capcom faced some criticism over Juri's appearance. Fan reaction to Juri in South Korea, her home country, has been less than positive. Critics claim, among other complaints, that Juri looks too much like Chun-Li and shares similar moves.
- Aspects of Juri's design, such as her hair and chestwear, seem to resemble Jolyne Kujo from the manga series, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. In addition, she has the same "ora ora ora" battle cry as Jolyne when using Fuharenjin.
- Coincidentally, from the recent All-Star Battle game, Jolyne's voice actress, Miyuki Sawashiro voices Cammy. Eri Kitamura, Juri's Japanese voice actress, also voices Yasuho Hirose in the same game.
- Juri's Feng Shui Engine is associated with the Yin-Yang, the symbol of balance.
- Juri's birthday is on New Years Day.
See also: Juri/Quotes
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 http://www.capcom.co.jp/sf4/juri.html
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Street Fighter: World Warrior Encyclopedia Hardcover
- ↑ http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt1655609/fullcredits#cast
- ↑ http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/action/supersf4/news.html?sid=6253476&mode=previews
- ↑ http://www.capcom-unity.com/jigsaw/blog/2009/11/05/super_street_fighter_iv_development_blog_no5
- ↑ http://www.eventhubs.com/news/2009/nov/05/latest-japanese-developer-blog-translated-jigsaw/
- ↑ http://www.capcom.co.jp/blog/sf4/development_blog/2009/11/04_366.html
- ↑ http://www.capcom.co.jp/blog/sf4/development_blog/2009/10/27_354.html
- ↑ http://www.eventhubs.com/news/2009/oct/28/japanese-ssf4-developers-discuss-juri/
- ↑ https://twitter.com/Yoshi_OnoChin/status/222111125179875329
- ↑ http://www.siliconera.com/2009/10/01/capcom-bumps-up-juris-bust/
|Street Fighter IV Characters|
|Abel – Adon – Akuma – Balrog – Blanka – Cammy – Chun-Li – Cody – C. Viper – Dan – Decapre – Dee Jay – Dhalsim – Dudley – E. Honda – Elena – El Fuerte – Evil Ryu – Fei Long – Gen – Gouken – Guile – Guy – Hakan – Hugo – Ibuki – Juri – Ken – M. Bison – Makoto – Oni – Poison – Rolento – Rose – Rufus – Ryu – Sagat – Sakura – Seth – T. Hawk – Vega – Yang – Yun – Zangief|
|Street Fighter X Tekken Characters|
|Abel - Akuma - Balrog – Blanka – Cammy – Chun-Li – Cody - Dhalsim - Dudley – Elena – Guile – Guy - Hugo - Ibuki - Juri - Ken – M. Bison - Poison - Rolento – Rufus – Ryu – Sagat – Sakura - Vega - Zangief|