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This is a list of rival battles seen in the Street Fighter games.

Street Fighter AlphaEdit

In the original Street Fighter Alpha, the final boss will be different depending on which character is being used, though most of them fight M. Bison as their last opponent.


Final Boss
Ryu Sagat
Ken Ryu
Chun-Li M. Bison
Sagat Ryu
Birdie M. Bison
Adon Sagat
Guy M. Bison
Sodom Guy
Charlie M. Bison
Rose M. Bison
M. Bison Rose
Akuma M. Bison
Dan Sagat

Street Fighter Alpha 2Edit

In Street Fighter Alpha 2, in addition to the final boss, there is also a mid-boss that can be fought under certain requirements.


Mid-Boss Final Boss
Ryu / Evil Ryu Sakura Akuma
Ken Dan Ryu
Chun-Li Gen M. Bison
Sagat Adon Ryu
Birdie Dhalsim M. Bison
Adon M. Bison Sagat
Guy Rose M. Bison
Sodom Ken Guy
Charlie Rolento M. Bison
Rose Akuma M. Bison
M. Bison Charlie Ryu
Akuma / Shin Akuma Ryu Gen
Dan Guy Sagat
Zangief Birdie Ken
Dhalsim Zangief M. Bison
Gen Chun-Li Akuma
Rolento Sodom Guy
Sakura Sagat Ryu
Cammy Rose M. Bison


  • Evil Ryu and Shin Akuma fight the same opponents as their normal counterparts.
  • Shin Akuma is not playable in the arcade version, but he can be selected in the console versions.
  • Cammy is only playable in Arcade Mode in the Street Fighter Alpha Anthology version of Street Fighter Alpha 2 Gold.

Street Fighter Alpha 3Edit

In Street Fighter Alpha 3, the fifth and ninth battles are character specific, but the final battle will always be against Final Bison (unless the player is using Bison himself or Evil Ryu). Some characters will also fight Balrog or Juli and Juni before facing Bison.


Fifth Battle Ninth Battle Final Battle
Ryu Rose Ken Final Bison
Ken Karin Sakura Final Bison
Chun-Li Birdie Cammy Juli and Juni, Final Bison
Sagat Dan Ryu Final Bison
Birdie E. Honda Blanka Balrog, Final Bison
Adon Ken Rose Final Bison
Guy Karin Gen Final Bison
Sodom Rolento Chun-Li Final Bison
Charlie Cammy Rolento Final Bison
Rose Guy Vega Juli and Juni, Final Bison
M. Bison / Final Bison Akuma Sagat Ryu
Akuma / Shin Akuma Adon Guy Final Bison
Dan Chun-Li Sagat Balrog, Final Bison
Zangief Rolento Chun-Li Final Bison
Dhalsim Rose Birdie Juli and Juni, Final Bison
Gen Ryu Akuma Final Bison
Rolento Sodom Cody Balrog, Final Bison
Sakura E. Honda Ryu Final Bison
Cammy Dhalsim Vega Juli and Juni, Final Bison
Blanka Dan Zangief Balrog, Final Bison
E. Honda Ryu Sodom Final Bison
Vega Zangief Cammy Final Bison
Cody Birdie Guy Final Bison
Karin Blanka Sakura Juli and Juni, Final Bison
R. Mika Karin Zangief Balrog, Final Bison
Balrog Gen Birdie Final Bison
Juli T. Hawk Cammy Final Bison
Juni E. Honda Ryu Final Bison
Fei Long Balrog Vega Final Bison
T. Hawk Charlie Juli Final Bison
Dee Jay Adon Sagat Final Bison
Guile Chun-Li Charlie Final Bison
Evil Ryu Sagat M. Bison Shin Akuma
Eagle Guile Sagat Balrog, Final Bison
Maki Sakura Guy Final Bison
Yun Dee Jay Fei Long Juli and Juni, Final Bison
Ingrid Evil Ryu Rose Final Bison


  • In the arcade version, Balrog, Juli and Juni share the same opponents as Bison (Akuma, Sagat and Ryu), even sharing the same dialogue and ending. They were given unique battles in the console versions.
  • Fei Long, T. Hawk, Dee Jay, Guile, Evil Ryu and Shin Akuma first appear in the console versions.
  • Shin Akuma fights the same opponents as his normal counterpart, and so does Final Bison.
  • Eagle, Maki and Yun first appear in the GBA version, but they weren't given their own story until the PSP version.
  • Ingrid only appears in the PSP version.

Street Fighter III: 2nd ImpactEdit

Much like in Street Fighter Alpha 2, every character has a secret mid-boss. Gill is usually the final boss, but some characters fight him as the second-to-last opponent and have a final boss of their own.


Mid-Boss Final Boss
Ryu Sean Ken
Ken Dudley Ryu
Alex Ken Gill
Ibuki Elena Gill
Sean Yang Ken
Yun Urien Yang
Yang Oro Yun
Dudley Hugo Gill
Elena Ryu Gill
Oro Necro Gill
Necro Ibuki Gill
Hugo Yun Elena
Urien Alex Gill
Akuma / Shin Akuma Sean Ryu
Gill - Urien


  • Though Gill is playable in the Dreamcast version, he doesn't seem to have a rival battle.
  • Shin Akuma fights the same opponents as regular Akuma.

Street Fighter III: 3rd StrikeEdit

The ninth opponent is character specific. The final boss is always Gill, unless the player uses Gill himself.


Ryu Ken
Ken Urien
Alex Ryu
Ibuki Oro
Sean Ken
Yun Yang
Yang Yun
Dudley Ryu
Elena Makoto
Oro Akuma
Necro Twelve
Hugo Ryu
Urien Necro
Akuma Ryu
Chun-Li Urien
Makoto Ryu
Remy Alex
Twelve Necro
Q Akuma
Gill Urien


  • There will be a special conversation before the rival battle. Yun, Urien, Q and Gill do not have a conversation with their rivals, having one with their final bosses instead.
  • Gill is only playable in the console versions, and his final boss is Alex.

Street Fighter EX3Edit

Some specific characters in Street Fighter EX3 can fight a secret opponent in Original Mode under certain conditions.


Secret Battle
Hokuto Kairi
Nanase Kairi
Skullomania Shadowgeist
Sharon Shadowgeist
Ken Evil Ryu
Sakura Evil Ryu
Sagat Evil Ryu
M. Bison / Bison II Evil Ryu

Street Fighter IV seriesEdit

Rivals are fought after defeating six opponents, before the battle with Seth. For characters with two rivals, you can choose which one you want to fight by holding all three punch or kick buttons when the Fight Your Rival message appears. If you do not press any buttons it will default to the 3P character.


Ryu Ken (3P) Sagat (3K)
Ken Rufus
Chun-Li Juri (3P) C. Viper (3K)
E. Honda El Fuerte
Blanka El Fuerte
Zangief Abel
Guile M. Bison (3P) Abel (3K)
Dhalsim Rufus
Balrog Chun-Li
Vega Chun-Li
Sagat Ryu
M. Bison C. Viper
C. Viper Hakan (3P) Chun-Li (3K)
Rufus Ken
El Fuerte Zangief
Abel Guile
Seth Hakan (3P) Abel (3K)
Akuma Ryu
Gouken Ryu
Cammy Juri (3P) C. Viper (3K)
Fei Long Abel
Sakura Ryu
Rose Ryu
Gen Chun-Li
Dan Sakura
T. Hawk El Fuerte
Dee Jay Rufus
Guy Rose
Cody Guy
Ibuki Sakura
Makoto Fei Long
Dudley Balrog
Adon Sagat
Hakan E. Honda
Juri M. Bison
Yun Chun-Li
Yang Ryu
Evil Ryu Gouken
Oni Gouken
Rolento Cody
Poison Rolento
Hugo Poison
Elena Sakura
Decapre Cammy

Ryu is the most common rival battle, serving as this for 20% of the characters in both Street Fighter IV (5 out of 25) and Super Street Fighter IV (7 out of 35), and 20,5% of the characters in Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (8 out of 39)

Unused dataEdit

Ultra Combo videos indicate several characters would have been given second rivals in Super Street Fighter IV, but ended up keeping solely the same rival they had in Street Fighter IV, for unknown reasons.

  • Ken's second rival would have been Sakura.
  • E. Honda's second rival would have been Adon.
  • Blanka's second rival would have been Dan.
  • Balrog's second rival would have been Cody.
  • Vega's second rival would have been Cammy.
  • M. Bison's second rival would have been Cammy.
  • Rufus's second rival would have been Ryu.
  • El Fuerte's second rival would have been Guy.
  • Abel's second rival would have been Juri.
  • Akuma's second rival would have been Gen.
  • Gouken's second rival would have been Ken.
  • Fei Long's second rival would have been Gen.
  • Sakura's second rival would have been Cammy.
  • Rose's second rival would have been M. Bison.
  • Gen's second rival would have been Guy.
  • Dan's second rival would have been Sagat.
  • Guy's second rival would have been M. Bison.

Street Fighter X TekkenEdit

When using an official team in Arcade Mode, the sixth fight will be against a rival team. Single characters can have anyone as their partner. Akuma and Ogre have their rival battle as their final boss battle.


Ryu and Ken Kazuya and Nina
Chun-Li and Cammy Asuka and Lili
Guile and Abel Heihachi and Kuma
Dhalsim and Sagat Paul and Law
Rolento and Ibuki King and Marduk
Poison and Hugo Hwoarang and Steve
Zangief and Rufus Julia and Bob
Balrog and Vega Yoshimitsu and Raven
M. Bison and Juri Heihachi and Kuma
Sakura and Blanka Lars and Alisa
Guy and Cody Bryan and Jack-X
Elena and Dudley Lei and Christie
Kazuya and Nina Ryu and Ken
Asuka and Lili Chun-Li and Cammy
Heihachi and Kuma Guile and Abel
Paul and Law Dhalsim and Sagat
King and Marduk Rolento and Ibuki
Hwoarang and Steve Poison and Hugo
Julia and Bob Zangief and Rufus
Yoshimitsu and Raven Balrog and Vega
Jin and Xiaoyu Chun-Li and Cammy
Lars and Alisa Sakura and Blanka
Bryan and Jack-X Guy and Cody
Lei and Christie Elena and Dudley
Akuma Ogre
Ogre Akuma
Mega Man Pac-Man
Pac-Man Mega Man


  • Despite being boss counterparts, M. Bison and Juri do not fight Jin and Xiaoyu and vice-versa.
  • Mega Man and Pac-Man are only in the PS3 and PS Vita versions.
  • Cole, Toro and Kuro are not playable in Arcade Mode.

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