M. Bison, as he appears in Street Fighter X Tekken.
|Height||6'0" (182 cm)|
|Weight||176 lbs (80 kg)|
|Fighting style||Self-taught style using Psycho Power|
|Likes||World domination, Psycho Power|
|Dislikes||Weak people, inefficient subordinates, people who interfere with his plans|
|Rival(s)||Chun-Li, Guile, Crimson Viper, Ryu, Evil Ryu, Ken, T. Hawk, Akuma, Seth, Rose, Cammy, Ingrid, Juri, Sagat|
|Moveset||Psycho Crusher, Double Knee Press, Head Press, Devil Reverse, Psycho Cannon, Psycho Field, Death Flutter, Evil Stomp, Bison Warp, Psycho Sever, Psycho Crusher Omega, Knee Press Nightmare, Nightmare Booster, Psycho Punisher|
|First game||Street Fighter II|
|English voice actor(s)||Richard Newman (Street Fighter animated series)|
Tom Wyner (Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie, Street Fighter II V (Animaze dub))
Gerald C. Rivers (Street Fighter IV, Street Fighter X Tekken, Wreck-It Ralph)
|Japanese voice actor(s)||Takeshi Kusaka (Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie)|
Kenji Utsumi (Street Fighter II V)
Tomomichi Nishimura (Street Fighter Alpha series, Street Fighter EX series, Marvel vs. Capcom series, Namco x Capcom)
Norio Wakamoto (Capcom vs. SNK series, SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos, Street Fighter IV, Street Fighter X Tekken)
Taiten Kusunoki (Wreck-It Ralph)
|Live action actor(s)||Raúl Juliá|
- "Now, face the mighty Bison!
Kono Bega-sama ga aite shite yarou?)"
- —M. Bison (Street Fighter IV series)
- "For you, the day Bison graced your village was the most important day of your life. But for me, it was Tuesday."
- —M. Bison to Chun-Li in the Street Fighter movie
M. Bison, known as Vega (ベガ Bega?) in Japan, is the main antagonist of the Street Fighter II and Street Fighter Alpha series. In Street Fighter Alpha 3 he refers to himself by the full title of Master Bison ("Vega-sama" in the Japanese version), with Cammy and the Dolls referring to him in the same way as well. Despite M. Bison's followers (and himself) referring to him as "Master Bison" in Street Fighter Alpha 3, he is named "Lord Bison" in his Arcade mode introduction sequence in Street Fighter IV.
M. Bison was inspired by Washizaki (鷲崎? "Eagle Cape"), a villain from the manga and anime Riki-Oh; and Yasunori Kato (加藤保憲?), the antagonist from the fantasy film, Tokyo: The Last Megalopolis (aka Teito Monogatari (帝都物語?)).
His general attire consists of a red military uniform with large silver shoulder plates, wrist bands, and shin guards; on his peaked/service cap is the skull insignia of his crime syndicate known as Shadaloo. His clothing highly resembles the uniforms worn by SS officers of Nazi Germany; the winged skull on his visor cap and the first letter of Shadaloo on his belt is shaped as a single sig rune. He sports a dark-colored cape in the Alpha series, in which he appears with his original body. From Street Fighter II on (and in the Capcom vs SNK series), he appears with a much slimmer body, and removes his cape before battle.
M. Bison has neatly cut dark-colored hair under his peaked cap, which is almost never seen without (save for two of his alternate costumes); in the Brazilian Street Fighter comics (Editora Escala), he was instead bald. His face shares many features with those of Thai people. His eyes were originally red both within and outside the irises (though the irises were still visible); after Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting, they were changed to a complete ghastly white, a trait shared by other characters such as Sagat and Dhalsim.
When Street Fighter II was localized in the United States, Capcom was afraid of a lawsuit from Mike Tyson over a character (Balrog) with his likeness and a similar sounding name (Balrog's Japanese name being Mike Bison). Additionally, when the designers presented the game to Capcom USA's marketing department, they believed that the name Vega was a weakling's name. They decided to rotate the names of three of the four boss characters in the following manner:
- The boxer is known as M. Bison in Japan and Balrog in the U.S.
- The Spanish assassin/matador is known as Balrog in Japan and Vega in the U.S.
- The evil dictator and head of Shadaloo is known as Vega in Japan and M. Bison in the U.S.
M. Bison is an archetypal villain motivated by his own self-seeking interests and lust for absolute power, as well as world domination. He is a ruthless, arrogant and unforgiving dictator who seeks to become the greatest marital artist of all time (stated in his own pre-boss fight dialogue with Ryu in SFA3), and will readily destroy anyone or anything in his way. Possessing a vast ego and a god complex, he occasionally speaks in the third person, and displays a twisted sense of humor, as well as a "business before pleasure" attitude.
As the founder and leader of Shadaloo, M. Bison uses as many illegal methods as possible to achieve his goals, ranging from drug trafficking and arms dealing to terrorism and illegal human experimentation. He is not above using coercion by force (as seen during at least one storyline in Street Fighter Alpha 3) and brainwashing to convert skilled martial artists to his cause, and has even cheated death and returned to wreak havoc not once, but at least twice. While demanding absolute loyalty and obedience from his subordinates, M. Bison considers them as mere pawns rather than human beings, and tolerates his henchmen only as long as they serve his dark ambitions, displaying his lack of regard for human life. For the same reason, he offers to spare others' lives on the condition that they pledge their undying loyalty to him. Unsurprisingly, he has earned the eternal enmity of many other Street Fighter characters for his malevolent and sinister nature.
Throughout various media, M. Bison is shown as an extremely powerful figure, often 'justifying' his arrogance by being able to simultaneously take out multiple opponents through use of his Psycho Power (and often without it). In the Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie M. Bison soundly defeats Guile, and then proceeds to fight and nearly overpower Ken and Ryu, arrogantly relenting in order to prove his superiority. In Street Fighter: The Movie, M. Bison effortlessly kills plenty of AN soldiers in unarmed combat. The UDON comics show him as more than able to defeat several of the fighters he faces, including a Psycho Power-infused Charlie, and he meets his only match in Akuma. In the Street Fighter Zero 2 HK Comic only, when M. Bison faces Akuma, he performs an attack named "15 Shadows", in which fifteen shadows based on the characters from Street Fighter Alpha 2 (except Sagat, Akuma and himself) appear to grab and hold his enemy.
In his appearances in crossover games, M. Bison has been deemed worthy of respect by villainous characters who would join forces with him, such as Magneto and Geese Howard. Namco × Capcom also reveals a curious personality trait - he is hinted to be a lustful man with an interest for women, as all the opponents he choose to copy using Doppel's powers were attractive girls like Chun-Li, Morrigan and Valkyrie (a fact that is also emphasized by the playable party).
Early Life Edit
Very little is known about Bison prior to his appearance in the series; it is possible that M. Bison may have been born in Thailand, Cambodia or Ireland, although these countries were all mentioned in alternate origins.
It is said that M. Bison was at one point nothing more than a young martial artist like any other but with overwhelming ambitions, so in order to be the best in the world of martial arts, M. Bison murdered his own master before giving in to complete chaos. M. Bison's master was said to be the only known person in the world who could manipulate the evil power known as "Psycho Power" at the time and it is also said that, before his death, M. Bison's master passed the power to only three other students, M. Bison himself being one of them.
M. Bison, leader of the criminal organization known as Shadaloo, hears of a fighter named Ryu who defeated his new henchman, Sagat. Bison decides to recruit Ryu and begins the search for him. In the meantime, he is confronted by Rose, a mysterious woman who wields a power that is in many ways similar to his own. Rose wins the ensuing battle, only to find out that M. Bison has left the battlefield completely unscathed, which is elaborated on during the events of Street Fighter Alpha 3.
Afterwards, M. Bison encounters Chun-Li; they have a brief duel, in which he toys around with the girl, before fleeing and letting Chun-Li know that he murdered her father. Bison is then finally able to track down Ryu, and at first attempts to persuade Ryu to join him by promising that he would make him the greatest fighter ever. Ryu refuses, however, and the two engage in combat; M. Bison wins and takes Ryu's body to his scientists for a brainwashing via exposure to Psycho Power, which actually occurs during Street Fighter Alpha 3 as well.
By the time of Street Fighter Alpha 3, the Psycho Power begins pushing M. Bison's body to its limits. Having predicted this event, he had his scientists engineer a body that he could transfer his essence into in the form of Cammy: a genetically engineered girl created using M. Bison's DNA as a template, and part of his elite squad of Dolls, brainwashed young women who serve as assassins. However, over the course of Alpha 3, Cammy begins to develop self-awareness and goes rogue. Bison sends Vega to retrieve her, and then Juli, another member of the Dolls, when Vega fails. Considering alternatives for the spare body, M. Bison turns his sights to Ryu, one of the strongest fighters in the world, and the personal nemesis of his right-hand man Sagat.
On his journey to find Ryu, M. Bison learns of Akuma, the lone warrior that employs fighting techniques similar to Ryu's, and the evil energy that surrounds him. In his Story Mode, when M. Bison defeats Akuma, he claims that the Satsui no Hado is "less than nothing", and that is only a matter of time before he claims Ryu’s body. This may explain why, in Adon's storyline, M. Bison knows about the Shun Goku Satsu, and refers to it as a "pitifully weak move". It would also explain Akuma's merciless disposal of Bison during the events of Super Street Fighter II Turbo.
In Ryu's storyline, M. Bison then sends Juni, another Doll, to gather data on Ryu. In order to lure him out, M. Bison kidnaps his best friend and rival, Ken Masters, brainwashing and pitting him against Ryu. Enraged by M. Bison's actions, Ryu manages to defeat Ken and free him of M. Bison's evil influence.
Ryu then takes on M. Bison, but loses despite giving his all. Once defeated, Ryu is subjected to M. Bison's Psycho Power. Sagat, witnessing these events, objects and M. Bison responds by telling him he can finally have his long desired rematch with Ryu. As Sagat urges Ryu to snap out of M. Bison's hypnosis, Ken and Sakura attack M. Bison and engage him in battle, allowing Ryu to break free of M. Bison's mental grip.
Once again, Ryu engages M. Bison in an epic battle. Suddenly, a strange connection is established between M. Bison's Psycho Power and the Satsui no Hado within Ryu. Realizing that the two energies are akin, M. Bison attempts to put Ryu under his control once again. With his friends urging him to prevail, Ryu manages to resist and strikes M. Bison down with a powerful Metsu Shoryuken (as shown during Ryu's ending). Bison is then temporarily incapacitated, and retreats to the Psycho Drive to regenerate himself.
Meanwhile, Cammy, now acting on her own, manages to assemble the remaining Dolls and turn them against their master. The refreshed M. Bison appears and decides that the Dolls are no longer of use to him, therefore, they are to be disposed of. All of the Dolls fight back, but M. Bison informs them that if he is to perish, because of the psychic link between the dolls and him, they will experience the same fate. Nevertheless, the Dolls escape the Shadaloo base as their minds slowly begin to deteriorate. Cammy, with little time left, takes advantage of her genetic similarity to M. Bison in order to operate the Psycho Drive. Using it, she removes the psychic fail-safe on the Dolls and saves them.
USAF officers Charlie and Guile enter the base on a mission to stop the dictator, joined by Chun-Li. After learning that the bombardment of Shadaloo was called off due to corruption in Interpol and M. Bison's manipulation, Chun-Li realized that they would have to destroy the base themselves. As Chun-Li and Guile escape the explosive-rigged base, Charlie keeps fighting the resurrected M. Bison, and ultimately seems to sacrifice his own life to allow their escape. Bison's soul, however, ends up surviving the explosion and takes control of Rose.
It is revealed that, while trying to master Psycho Power, M. Bison had to expel all the humanity and good in his soul to accommodate and supplant the intense energy the power gives him, and that Rose is actually the formation of all of M. Bison's good energy; this also explains the outcome of their first duel during the events of the previous game. Bison remains inside Rose's body until his Shadaloo scientists forge a new body for him, at which point he releases Rose from his control, and she awakens back at home, with few memories of what happened.
M. Bison then holds the second Street Fighter tournament to get revenge against the people who opposed him during the events of Street Fighter Alpha 3—especially the ones that destroyed the Psycho Drive—and to lure out Ryu once more. His Psycho Power seems to have significantly diminished since the destruction of the Psycho Drive, but nevertheless he remains a force to be reckoned with.
M. Bison's plans are foiled by Akuma (who was not a competitor in the tournament). Always searching for worthy opponents, Akuma wishes to fight the finalist of the dictator's tournament (it is unknown who the finalist was), so before the very start of the final battle, he catches M. Bison off guard and performs the Shun Goku Satsu on him, killing the Shadaloo boss in an instant. Akuma mocks M. Bison for being the slave of his own power, not knowing that he is actually in absolute control of his Psycho Power.
At some point before encountering Akuma, M. Bison ordered the creation of at least 26 androids by S.I.N., the weapons division of Shadaloo. #15 (i.e. Seth) was chosen to be the new head of S.I.N., demonstrating a higher level of intelligence than the others. #15 was referred to indirectly as "M. Bison's right hand". Bison also had a Korean official murdered along with his family; the official's young daughter, Juri, barely survives, and #15 gives her cybernetic enhancements, deciding she can be used as a test subject since she already was a Taekwondo prodigy.
After M. Bison's apparent demise at the hands of Akuma, #15 takes the name Seth and makes his own attempt at world domination, beginning with the announcement of a new tournament. But Juri has a plan of her own and, apparently aware that M. Bison has survived, tries to pit M. Bison and Seth against each other in revenge for her parents' murder.
M. Bison takes the bait and returns, his soul transplanted to yet another new body (again not as powerful as the one from his Alpha days). Though his scientists try to dissuade him (their reasoning being that, in time, a new body could be created that could hold the Psycho Power in its entirety), M. Bison chooses the weaker body instead of remaining dead any longer, stating that he never imagined that Seth would go so far and it will only be a matter of time before M. Bison would inhabit his body, anyway. He then takes part in Seth's new World Warrior tournament, completely incapacitating his opponents in the qualifying rounds.
M. Bison eventually reaches Seth's S.I.N. headquarters at the head of the remaining androids, attacking Seth for renouncing his mindless servitude, which makes him useless. Seth protests that he had almost rebuilt M. Bison's empire, which had fallen into decline since the second World Warrior tournament; however, M. Bison counters by saying that everything that has happened has, in fact, been part of M. Bison's plan. Standing over the helpless Seth, he is suddenly confronted by Juri, whose plan to have the two destroy each other failed, as Seth did not put up enough of a fight. Juri threatens M. Bison, who is unimpressed, and though the resultant fight (if any) is not shown, both seem to survive and are seen later.
Meanwhile, another android which had been fighting Abel shows signs of also developing self-awareness like Seth, and M. Bison promptly destroys it, remarking that Abel has grown since an unspecified last meeting. His exact relationship with Abel is unknown; however, it is heavily implied that Abel was somehow part of the experiments that created the androids, and may in fact be one of them. On his way out of the facility, M. Bison ambushes Rose, who was also at the S.I.N. headquarters; remarking that she owes him something, M. Bison incapacitates her and threatens to take it back "with interest". As he reaches his jet, however, he is confronted by Guy, who threatens to destroy the jet if M. Bison does not hand her over. Apparently in a hurry, Bison acquiesces and relinquishes the unconscious Rose.
At some point during all this, M. Bison comes across Cammy and Decapre, and notes that Decapre is dying, but that "a bargain could be made". Cammy allows M. Bison to take Decapre in the hopes that he will save her.
M. Bison appears as a secret character in Street Fighter Alpha, chosen in the Random Fighter box by either via a special input or by timing the choice correctly on him. Like all other characters, his storyline was retconned by Street Fighter Alpha 2.
In his storyline, M. Bison defeats Shadaloo's opposition and confronts Rose, who claims that he has abused his powers and that he must be stopped. Bison insists that Rose stops making speeches and fight him. In his ending, M. Bison emerges victorious, commenting that Rose not only wasted his time, but her own life as well. He leaves while replaying the battle in his mind.
In Capcom Fighting Evolution, M. Bison's ending shows him fighting and defeating Gill, with the other Four Kings of Shadaloo and the twelve Dolls watching. However, as M. Bison and his followers leave on Shadaloo's plane, Gill performs a Resurrection, looking completely unscathed from the recent fight.
In this game, M. Bison teams up with Magneto in pursuit of world domination, opposing Apocalypse. However, M. Bison's ending shows him defeating Magneto, intending to betray the mutant from the very start.
Magneto's ending shows that M. Bison has lost the fight. Watching this, the other three Grand Masters (Balrog, Vega and Sagat) side with Magneto, creating the new Four Grand Masters of the Brotherhood of Mutants. Magneto then adapts the rest of M. Bison's technology to use it for mutant supremacy instead.
M. Bison's ending shows him impressed with Apocalypse's technological improvements on Akuma. He plans on using it to create evil versions of current street fighters, such as Charlie (Shadow) as part of his quest for world conquest.
M. Bison was first leaked through a screenshot in the Xbox Live Arcade, confirming his presence although a previous trailer shows the Shadaloo symbol. In the recent CG trailer, he infiltrates the Mishima Zaibatsu HQ by appearing through a liquid wormhole, and confronts its president Jin Kazama, the son of Kazuya Mishima, challenging him to a fight. In the meantime, his servant Juri takes on Ling Xiaoyu and prevents her from trying to protect Jin. For the most part, M. Bison seems to have the upper hand and uses a Psycho Crusher to try and drive him through the skyview window. However, M. Bison is held back as Jin's Devil Gene takes over.
M. Bison's partnership with Juri is based on his suggestion that, despite their intense dislike for each other, the two are working together towards a common goal involving the mysterious Pandora. The two of them serve as the sub-boss for Tekken side characters; in the sub-boss cutscene, M. Bison appears through a wormhole, being posessed by the Pandora, stating that the player's characters quest has come to an end. M. Bison and Juri's rivals are Jin and Xiayou; if selected in Arcade Mode, Heihachi Mishima and Kuma will appear as their rivals.
In the rival cutscene, M. Bison tries to deliver a sneak Psycho Powered punch in Heihachi while the latter is meditating. However, Heihachi blocks the punch, and push off M. Bison's fist. Heihachi tries to headbutt M. Bison, but he teleports himself near Juri, starting the battle. Both bosses seems to understimate each other, as M. Bison mocks Heihachi's age and Heihachi states that M. Bison is boring him.
In their ending, M. Bison anticipates Juri's betrayal, and both trigger the power of Pandora in an attempt to take the other out.
M. Bison is the main antagonist of the 1994 anime film, voiced by Tom Wyner. As in the games, he is the leader of Shadaloo (here named "Shadowlaw") and seeks to take control of the world. His primary objective is to locate Ryu, who exhibited spectacular fighting potential during his battle with Sagat, and induct him into the organization as his right-hand man.
During his search, he comes across Ken, who displays similar fighting potential and is a childhood friend of Ryu. Bison kidnaps and brainwashes Ken, setting him on Ryu while he personally duels Guile, whom he defeats with ease. When Ken breaks free of M. Bison's influence, M. Bison severely injures him and leaves him for dead while taking on Ryu; he toys around with Ryu for a while until Ken recovers and rejoins the battle. Although M. Bison is clearly a superior fighter, he decides to hold back so that he may fight the two 'on their own level'. This decision eventually turns out to be M. Bison's downfall, as Ryu and Ken finally manage to catch him off guard and deliver a combined Hadoken, which apparently obliterates him.
M. Bison, however, reappears alive and well at the film's finale in a truck, attempting to run down Ryu. Ryu notices him just in time and prepares to do battle with him once again.
M. Bison appears in Wreck-It Ralph, where he makes a speech in Bad-Anonymous (Ralph's villains support group) alongside Zangief. Gerald C. Rivers reprises his role in the film, while Taiten Kusunoki voices him in the Japanese version. One of his few lines in the film is "You're not going Turbo, are you?" Like the other members, his villain status is portrayed as more of a regular in-game job.
M. Bison appears in the 1994 live-action movie as the main antagonist, portrayed by Raúl Juliá (who died shortly after the movie's release). He is depicted once more as a megalomaniac with plans of world domination, shown as an ordinary human until his final confrontation with Guile, where he is granted lightning powers and the ability to fly, both provided through his tech suit and life support system. However, M. Bison is defeated by Guile and apparently perishes during the destruction of his own base. In an after-credits scene, however, his hand smashes through the rubble of his base, hinting at his survival and future return.
M. Bison appears in the movie as the main antagonist, focusing on Chun-Li, played by Neal McDonough. This version of M. Bison dons a business suit rather than his traditional costume. Being from Ireland, M. Bison was abandoned by his Irish missionary parents in Thailand. "Shadoloo" (as it is referred to) is a multi-leveled criminal syndicate comprised of a plutarchy of an unknown number of powerful crime families that have connections ranging from the country's local mafiosos to even factions of the government (in the film's current case, the Department of Commerce). Though M. Bison's full goals are not divulged, his first order of business is to buy up an entire waterfront district and restructure it specifically for the wealthy and elite, thus further adding to the funding of his operations. He first appears as a simple mob head, only to skyrocket through the ranks after killing off a number of allied families and usurping their power for himself. He is depicted as being uncomfortably upbeat about everything, as he usually reveals shortly afterward that he is in control of almost every element of espionage and intrigue he is involved with.
In this story, M. Bison has a more supernatural background than there was with his video game and anime counterparts. In a backstory told by Gen, M. Bison sacrificed his pregnant wife in the bowels of a mystic cave, where he imbued his daughter, Rose, with the goodness of his soul, thus ridding himself of any sense of conscience. His raw physical power is seen to borderline on unearthly, as he usually only required one punch or kick to send an opponent hurtling through the air. His power is first exhibited during his introduction, where his spiritual energy was so immense it heralded his arrival by a soft breeze inside Chun-Li's family manor. He is killed at the end of the film in front of his daughter when Chun-Li twists his head around by use of her legs. It is unknown whether or not M. Bison's powers will resurrect him. In a deleted scene where Nash is comforting Rose, her eyes glow with a deep red, indicating that his spirit took possession of Rose's body in order to return to the living world.
Live-action TV seriesEdit
M. Bison will appear in Street Fighter: World Warrior.
Comics and MangaEdit
In the UDON comics, M. Bison incapacitates Chun Li and Guile without even having to resort to his Psycho Power. He then fights Charlie, who is fueled with M. Bison's Psycho Power (thus making him much more of a challenge than Guile and Chun-Li) and mortally wounds him; a dying Charlie, however, manages to destroy the cliff on which they were fighting, throwing M. Bison into an abyss. Later on, M. Bison goes on to defeat Hawk, Cammy and Rose using only a portion of his vast powers. In the final of World Warrior tournament, he faces Akuma. M. Bison then unleashes his full power and, in order to counter, so does Akuma. However, neither of them manage to gain the upper hand until the Psycho Drive is destroyed by Delta Red. This renders M. Bison powerless, allowing Akuma to finally finish him off. Rose's ghost immobilizes M. Bison as Akuma delivers a Shun Goku Satsu and leaves M. Bison for dead.
In the role-playing game from White Wolf, M. Bison gained psychic powers from an alien meteor. Based on these powers, he created his own fighting style, which he calls Ler Drit.
Gameplay and fighting styleEdit
In the games, M. Bison wields his deadly Psycho Power to great effect; he is known for his trademark Psycho Crusher, which sends him flying in the direction of his opponent with a damaging "torpedo" spin. The Double Knee Press (or Scissors Kick) allows him to do a forward flip which will knock the opponent away. With the Head Press, M. Bison jumps into the air and homes onto the opponent, bouncing off their heads, he can follow up and smack them with a diving hand thrust called the Somersault Skull Diver. M. Bison also possess the Devil Reverse, wherein he leaps forward like the Head Press, but then flips upside down and chops the enemy with a Psycho Power-charged hand when any punch button is pressed. This acts as both a fake-out version of the Head Press and as a viable attack, allowing M. Bison to play with his opponent's head.
In the Alpha series, his Psycho Crusher is a Super Combo (on A-ISM or Z-ISM) instead of a regular move. He also gained a couple of new moves, such as the Psycho Shot and the ability to teleport and hover in the air.
His Super Combos include the Final Psycho Crusher (ファイナルサイコクラッシャー, Fainaru Saiko Kurasshā) - which is Final Bison's most powerful attack in Street Fighter Alpha 3, taking up the whole screen when used - and the Knee Press Nightmare, which is a super version of the Double Knee Press. In Street Fighter IV, he gains the Nightmare Booster Ultra Combo, which is a combination of all of his special moves (two Double Knee Presses, followed by a Psycho Crusher which carries the victim upward, after which he flips upside down similar to the Devil Reverse, smacks the victim to the ground, and ends it with a full-body version of the Head Press).
As a Final/Hidden BossEdit
Final M. Bison, or Final Vega (ファイナルベガ Fainaru Bega?) in Japan, also known as Shin M. Bison is an alternate version of M. Bison with far more powerful abilities, fewer weaknesses, and often a different costume or the same costume. Much like Shin Akuma, this superior version of M. Bison is meant to portray him when he decides to unleash the true, vast depths of his power. The only canon appearance of Final M. Bison takes place in Street Fighter Alpha 3 (serving as the final boss for every character except Evil Ryu, who fights Shin Akuma, and of course M. Bison himself), but he has also appeared in both Street Fighter EX2 Plus (referred to as Bison II or Vega II (ベガII Bega Tsū?), and Street Fighter EX3 as a secret (referred to as Shin-Bison or True Vega (トゥルーベガ Turū Bega?), computer-only boss character.
When fighting in this much more powerful form, M. Bison’s abilities differ from game to game. In Street Fighter Alpha 3, his fierce punch attacks send out a wave of energy and his Psycho Crusher Super Combo fills the whole screen with a devastating streak of blue flames. This improved Psycho Crusher is much faster and stronger than its normal counterpart, cannot be blocked in the air, and inflicts severe damage even when blocked; it is the most powerful move in the game. He also has a different theme song, called "Brave or Grave". Final M. Bison also differs from the regular version of the character in that he uses a fighting style similar to X-ISM dubbed Shadaloo-ISM (or S-ISM), which is available only to him in the arcade version. Final M. Bison is usable only in the home versions of Street Fighter Alpha 3.
In Street Fighter EX 2 Plus and Street Fighter EX 3, Final M. Bison appears with pale, indigo-tinted skin and a white uniform. In both of these games, he has an infinite amount of SC energy. Final M. Bison also tends to be far more aggressive than his normal counterpart in all the titles he appears in, and makes frequent use of his teleporting ability. In Street Fighter Alpha 3, the player only gets one chance to beat him, with no chance to continue: should the player lose, M. Bison's ending will play, and the game will end.
In Popular CultureEdit
In Street Fighter X Tekken, M. Bison references both the 1994 live-action move and the 1995 cartoon series at various points in his win quotes. Said lines were popular enough to the point that they became internet memes.
- His English voice's taunt is "For me, it was a Tuesday," referencing a line M. Bison said in reply to Chun-Li's accusation of destroying her village in the movie. ("I'm sorry. I don't remember any of it. [...] For you, the day Bison graced your village was the most important day of your life. But for me, it was Tuesday.")
- His win quote upon defeating Hugo has him declaring his love of hearing bones cracking and shouting "Yes! This is delicious!", a line spoken in the animated series episode The Medium is the Message while watching his enemy Guile struggle against a group of mutant fighters on a portable television; he then jubilantly shouts "Yes!! Yes!!" upon seeing Guile getting shoulder barged to the ground by another mutant.
- His win quote against Chun-Li is "All you women ever do is whine! I killed my father too, and you don't see me crying about it!" referencing his taunt to Chun-Li in the cartoon's final episode Cammy Tell Me True, where he responded to Chun-Li's angry shout of "You killed my..." taunting her with the line "Yes, yes, I killed your father! What is it with you women, anyway? I killed my father too, and you don't hear me whining about it!"
- In his win quote against Blanka, he says "I have done many things, but I'm certainly not responsible for creating something as ridiculous as you." This refers to how Charlie and Blanka were combined into one character for the movie and cartoon series.
- M. Bison's win quote against Guile ("What's the matter, Guile? Came here expecting to fight a mere mortal? Bison is beyond you!") is a rewording of the former's taunt to the latter during their final battle in the movie ("Something wrong, Colonel? You've come here prepared to fight a madman, and instead you found a god!?").
See: M. Bison/Quotes
- Brocken from the World Heroes series is very similar to M. Bison in terms of appearance and moves. This may have been an attempt by rival company ADK to imitate Street Fighter, similar to Hanzo and Ryu. These most notable main characters seem to be the only ones potentially imitated.
- M. Bison shares his birthday with Cody.
- In Street Fighter II: the World Warrior, M. Bison's win quote ("Get lose! You can't compare with my powers!") is clearly misspelled. This is set right in Champion Edition and subsequent SFII versions ("Get lost! You can't compare with my powers!").
- M. Bison's Japanese voice actor, Norio Wakamoto, has also voiced another Capcom villains, including High Max from Mega Man X6 and Oda Nobunaga from the Sengoku BASARA series.
- M. Bison's moves in the Street Fighter II series
- M. Bison's moves in Super Street Fighter II Turbo: HD Remix
- M. Bison's moves in Street Fighter: The Movie (the arcade version)
- M. Bison's moves in Street Fighter: The Movie (the console version)
- M. Bison's moves in Street Fighter Alpha 3
- M. Bison's moves in Street Fighter IV
- M. Bison's moves in Super Street Fighter IV
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 http://www.capcom.co.jp/sf4/vega.html
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Capcom 30th Anniversary Character Encyclopedia
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2risVtc1Yjg
- ↑ Street Fighter: World Warrior Encyclopedia
- ↑ M. Bison's Street Fighter Alpha 3 Story Mode and Ending
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w74dqHZLLsY
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAq2vsQf1LI
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T332vJewe60
- ↑ http://blog.sfrpg.com.br/post/M-Bison.aspx
|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: The Movie Characters|
|Akuma – Arkane – Balrog – Blade – Blanka – Cammy – Chun-Li – Dee Jay – E. Honda – F7 – Guile – Ken – Khyber – M. Bison – Ryu – Sagat - Sawada – Vega – Zangief|
|Street Fighter Alpha Characters|
|Adon – Akuma (Shin) – 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 (Final) – Maki – R. Mika – Rolento – Rose – Ryu – Sagat – Sakura – Sodom – T. Hawk – Vega – Zangief|
|Street Fighter EX Characters|
|Ace - Akuma - Allen - Area - Blair - Blanka - Chun-Li - C. Jack - Cycloid-β - Cycloid-γ - Darun - Dhalsim - D. Dark - Garuda - Guile - Hayate - Hokuto (Bloody) - Kairi - Ken - M. Bison (II |True) - Nanase - Pullum - Ryu (Evil) - Sagat - Sakura - Shadowgeist - Sharon - Skullomania - Vega - V. Rosso - Zangief|
|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 – Rufus – Rolento - Ryu – Sagat – Sakura – Vega – Zangief|