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- "Now, face the mighty Bison!
Kono Bega-sama ga aite shite yarou?)"
- —M. Bison (Street Fighter IV series)
- "Bow down before my Psycho Power!
(我がサイコパワーにひれ伏せい！ Waga Saiko Pawā ni hirefuse i!?)"
- —M. Bison (Street Fighter V)
M. Bison, known as Vega (ベガ Bega?) in Japan, is a video game character and primary antagonist of the Street Fighter series, first appearing as a non-playable boss in Street Fighter II before becoming playable in it's update, Street Fighter II: Champion Edition. He is a self-imposed dictator and megalomaniac hell-bent on world domination.
M. Bison and his design were 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.
As of Street Fighter V, Bison's look has changed slightly, altering his red military uniform to look more like a trenchcoat while removing the cape. His hair has also turned white.
He has two alternate costumes for this game; the first is his outfit colored to black and gold motif and the second is his former red military uniform (without his signature military peaked cap) in tatters.
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 as well as 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 better suited to a weakling. 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 through world domination. He is a ruthless, arrogant and unforgiving dictator who seeks to rule the world with an iron fist whilst also being universally regarded as the greatest and most powerful martial artist of all time (stated in his own pre-boss fight dialogue with Ryu in SFA3), and will readily destroy anything or anyone who dares to stand between him and his shady goals. Possessing a vast ego and a god complex, Bison is physically incapable of feeling empathy for others and more so takes pleasure in watching people suffer by his hand, never feeling a shred of regret or remorse for the numerous atrocities that he has committed (this makes him very akin to the real-life clinical diagnosis of a psychopath). He occasionally refers to himself 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 complete disregard 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. Of course, he usually does not care and tends to consider his numerous enemies as mere nuisances.
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 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, but is shown to be no match for Guile and is forced to revert to his electromagnetism-powered suit (the film's stand-in for Psycho Power). 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).
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.
Shortly afterwards, hoping to seek both knowledge and strength to become the strongest in the world, Bison sought out many practitioners of other fighting styles to defeat and learn of their techniques, in the pursuit of being able to reinforce and keep his title as the strongest martial artist in the world. One of them was Gouken, whom he confronted unsuccessfully to analyze and see for himself the power of Ansatsuken and its principle of Hado. Later on, Bison would somehow come into power over his syndicate of Shadaloo.
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, 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.
US military 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.
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.
If the player wins the tournament as him, he states that there is no one left to oppose him, and alludes to Akuma as, "The Ancient One", mentioning that not even Akuma was brave enough to stop him. After the speech, and he successfully rules the world with no more opposition to get in his way. The ending narrator then asks if there is still any hope for defeating Bison.
Although the canonicity of this event is under dispute, M. Bison's plans are foiled by Akuma (who was not a competitor in the tournament) who catches him off guard and performs the Shun Goku Satsu on him, killing the Shadaloo boss in an instant. Akuma then takes M. Bison's place to fight the finalist of the dictator's tournament (it is unknown who the finalist was). 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 the events of Street Fighter II, 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. There, he even meets C. Viper and threatens to kill her if she doesn't give him her gadgets, Viper declines and the two fight.
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.
As expected, M. Bison returned in Street Fighter V. He was first teased at the end of Charlie's gameplay trailer in a sillouette unleashing his Psycho Power while laughing maniacally. His official reveal occurred on May 19, 2015.
Charlie finds Bison and is about to arrest him. He goes into a fight with him, not knowing what Bison is capable of using the Psycho Power. Bison defeats Charlie easily and throws him into a waterfall, leading to his disappearance and alleged death.
On the rooftop, as F.A.N.G appears, C. Viper tells about him as well.
F.A.N.G was a member of Nguuhao a huge cartel under Shadaloo's umbrella that was at a point obliterated by Bison. F.A.N.G was the only member whom Bison left alive, owing to his power. Following his defeat in a fight with Bison, he swears alliance to him and joins Shadaloo.
Back to the present, Bison has a meeting with Vega, Balrog, F.A.N.G, Enero, Xiayu, Jianyu and some of his foot soldiers and wants to know about the status of the operation. F.A.N.G tells him that everything's in place and soon they can carry the operation out, which is to conquer the world. C. Viper is stitching the pieces of information together when she is spotted by Bison. Bison reassures his people that the operation cannot be stopped and soon everything will come to an end.
Bison devises a plan which includes a creation of seven Black Moons, a powerful satellites capable of causing havoc via electromagnetic pulse wave. The ensuing terror and chaos would fuel Bison's infamous Psycho Power to a near godlike level. His plan is put to a temporary halt as the pieces of the machinery that controls the Moons are stolen by one of Shadaloo's programmers working on the project. Bison then dispatches his generals to locate the rogue programmer and retrieve the missing pieces. We learn that the programmer has sent seven pieces to various street fighters all over the world.
After the one of the pieces is recovered by F. A. N. G. , a large city in North America (presumably New York City, although this is never explicitly stated) falls victim to one of Bison's Black Moons. Bison personally appears in the city after its decimation and witnesses the argument between his generals. The conflict in Shadaloo ranks seizes the moment Guile and Chun Li appear at the scene. Chun li, eager to settle the scores with Bison, ignores Guile's warning and rushes headlong into the fight. She is, however, no match for Bison whose powers have now increased drastically due to the panic and fear caused by his weapon in the sky. Girl is badly beaten and about to be killed, but Cammy's well timed intervention saves her. The trio escapes as Bison deems them unworthy of pursuit.
Aware of the threat that Bison poses, the Illuminati Secret Society revive the corpse of Charlie Nash in order to make it into a weapon of assassination. His body enhanced through bio-engineering and his mind manipulated into believing that there is nothing left for him out there but the destruction of Bison, Nash embarks on a suicide mission. He manages to locate and infiltrate Shadaloo HQ, but, once confronted with Bison, the man that killed him long ago, he suffers a severe defeat. Realizing that Bison is now way too powerful for anyone to take him on, Charlie only manages to escape due to the appearance of Necalli. The ancient consumer of powerful souls challenges Bison as well, but even he gets overwhelmed by dictator's Psycho Power, now increased hundredfold. Bison manages to avert the ancient prophecy and defeat 'The Soul Consuming Darkness'.
After he makes his escape from the Shadaloo base, Charlie is re-united with his friend Guile and the fighters that oppose Bison gathered around Karin Kanzuki. He begins to realize the potential of the Illuminati bio-engineering and the powers bestowed upon him. With the proper utilization, his new body is capable of absorbing and nullifying the Psycho Power. However, it remains to be seen whether it will work on someone as powerful as Bison.
In the final attack on the Shadaloo base, determined Charlie faces Bison once more. Bison, now seemingly invincible due to the worldwide panic spread by his Moons, wins again. Nash, however, manages to absorb an enormous amount of Psycho Power before he is obliterated by it. With Rashid working on stopping the remaining Moons from descending, this effort proves to be enough to significantly weaken Bison. Having his special training completed by finally mastering the darkness within and taking out Necalli, Ryu shows up to stop Bison for good. Bison fades away consumed by the Power of Nothingness. His base crumbles into the ground along with his remains.
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 his resurrection technique, 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 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 one of the four final bosses of Street Fighter × Mega Man.
M. Bison appears in Project X Zone 2 as a Rival Unit, alongside Juri. Juri is seen working with Bison, although they seem to be on friendlier terms than in Street Fighter X Tekken.
M. Bison, Ryu and Chun-Li appear in DeNA’s mobile RPG, Blood Brothers 2.
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-Anon (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. In the film, Bison is both a psychopathic former military general and notorious wealthy drug kingpin who controls, not only Shadaloo City, but also the drug industry with an iron fist. One of his goals in the film to produce supersoldiers as per his plan of world domination and establish a new order known as "Pax Bisonica" using his drug money. His ambitions have led to a war with the Allied Nations (AN), led by Colonel Guile, the movie's main character, in Shadaloo City. He is depicted once more as a megalomaniac but also a notorious drug kingpin 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 is apparently killed after he hits his gigantic monitor, which violently explodes as colonel discovers that the former is defenseless while flying towards him. In the home-release of the film, after the end credits, his hand smashes through the rubble of his base, hinting at his survival and future return.
Though Bison's nationality is unknown in the film, his perfect English speaking and British accent assumes that he is from the United Kingdom and that he plans to conquer England and Great Britain first. The film is Raúl Juliá's final film role before his death shortly, and is dedicated to his memory. Although the film was largely panned by critics and fans, Juliá's performance was widely praised and he was nominated for a posthumous Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor. In the Japanese dub of the film, he is still called "M. Bison" as opposed to "Vega", his name in the original Japanese versions of the series.
For the role, Raúl Juliá had studied various dictators, their lives and personalities, and as such mimicked many of their hand movements and body language to incorporate into the M.Bison character, most notably Benito Mussolini's hand gestures, and Adolf Hitler's love of art. Julia also studied well known drug lords and their personalities such as Pablo Escobar and his elusiveness
M. Bison appears in the movie as the main antagonist, focusing on Chun-Li, played by Neal McDonough. The film shows M. Bison dons a business suit rather than his signature costume. He is also depicted as a multi-lingual crime boss disguised as an Bangkok-based Irish businessman.
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.
M. Bison appears in the final episode observing Ryu, Ken, Laura and Nash through a battered Decapre's eyes and sits down on his throne behind a massive spherical object before burning a chess piece with his Psycho Power and proclaiming that he shall let them come.
Street Fighter II manga Edit
Bison appears in all the volumes as his company was responsible for Cho's and Chun-Li's father's murder, he and his henchman had traveled to japan after finding out that Cho had stolen Shadaloo secrets, they ended up destroying the temple that Cho went in, kidnappeding Ken, and taking out Cho and Gouken.
Only Ryu was the only person who mananged to escape Shadaloo's attack, at somepoint Bison found Ken to be useful to him, so he had Ken brainwashed for his sinister plains, he hoses a tournment in order to have more people under his control through brainwashing.
At some point, he sends Ken out to take out Ryu has as sees him as a problom. and has Chun-Li out to be killed due to her connection to Interpol, He is followed by Ken after finding out that Bison was the monster responbile for Cho being murdered and brainwashing him into being a mindless pupput for Shadaloo, Ryu finds Ken and tells him that he will defeat Bison for all the evil that he has cause to others.
Bison uses his Psycho Power to mind control Ken to destroy Ryu, as they fight, Ken was able to break free of Bison's mind control over him after his hand breaks by hiting a wall, and he tells Ryu to defeat Bison to avenge Cho and the countless other that were murdered by Shadaloo, Bison then fights Ryu in an intense battle as Ryu was able to defeat him with a Shin Shoryuken.
Bison and his henchmen were able to ecsape the Island of Shard without being deteacted by the police as he had a backup plain incase something like this would happen, he used his priave ship as a means to escape into the ocean.
At somepoint, they come across a strange Island that shows a reflection of themselves fighting their original counterparts, Bison and his henchman soon realized that this was no orianally Islaned that they have laned upon, and they soon see their emeies that were against the might of Shadaloo were having the same probloms that they themselves were having.
In order for them to ecsape, they had no other choice but to work together and to put aside their differencese. as they come across their ships, they see their darker counterparts out to destroy their original counterparts, as they fight, a pipe was destroyed as it was causing the Island to sink into the ocean, the smock cause their darker counterparts to disspear into nothingness, as they made it onto their ships, Bison told them that this war far from over, as he will plan to take over the world, he tells them that they will meet again.
Bison makes a cameo appearance in the first volume of the manga as he was pulling all the strings behind many kidnappings throughtout the world.
Archie Comics' Worlds CollideEdit
Bison makes an appearance in Archie's Megaman/Sonic The Hedgehog story arc of Worlds Collide as he finds out that a robot from another world name Sigma seeks to rule over the world after finding out the information from a robot who was sent by him to set up a weapon, seeing this to be a problem as nobody else but him should be the only one to rule the world, Bison destroys the robot, stating that Sigma as eared the attention of Shadoloo.
He and his men come across Ryu, Ken, Guile and Chun-LI as he tells that Sigma has made a mistake for trying to take over the world, he tells them that Shadoloo with be at their side to fight against Sigma and his robot gang, he is eventually overpowered by Sigma, but was defeated by Sonic and Mega-Man in the Super States, after the battle, the portals that leads everyone back to their homeworlds was beginning to fade into nothingness, as Bison could not keep a single one of the portals open, thanks to Phane's plain on stopping the virus infected Sigma in another timeline through a portal, everybody returned home to their own worlds, as nobody remembers the events of Sigma's plain to rule other worlds.
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In UDON's Street Fighter series, M. Bison had a battle against his master as she poses a theart to his plains of world conquest, he murders everybody in the village with joy, Rose was the only one who lived as she has positive aspects of Soul Power inside her.
Shadaloo had become well known to the world as the years went by as he was the one who murdered Juri's parents, at some point, he had his men create clone bodies as a back up plain incase anything should go wrong, as well as an army of bio androides that can copy any kind of deta for Shadaloo.
He also had his company kidnapped young girls into brainwashing them with Psycho Power in his quest of abosulte power to control the world, he had the Dolls do many evil acts, such having Chun-Li's father murdered, murdering innocent people, and even kidnappeding cops, marcenines, and even soliders from the United States army and Japan.
He captures Charile who tries to save a cop that works for Interpol and experiments on him (thinking he could of use to him) and had him go murder Chun-Li, he goes after the power inside Ryu after seeing the Satui no Hado awaken, he looses control over Charlie and looses his contact with Killer Bee, he decided that he would murder Charile, Guile, and Chun-Li personally.
As he found them, he 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 weaken Charlie, however, manages to destroy the cliff on which they were fighting, throwing M. Bison into an abyss. Later on, his Psycho Power goes into a different body and discovers that Killer Bee (now known as Cammy) has broken free of his control, and plains to bring her back, as Shadaloo found her, he takes out T. Hawk, Cammy and Rose using only a portion of his vast powers.
In the World Warrior tournament, as he faces Ryu, 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 weaker, allowing Akuma to finally finish him off. Rose's spirte immobilizes him as Akuma delivers a Shun Goku Satsu and leaves M. Bison for dead as the island fails into the sea.
Although M. Bison seemingly reappears in UDON's Super Street Fighter: New Generations and Super Street Fighter Volume 2: Hyper Fighting comics (which are based around the events of the Street Fighter III, Super Street Fighter IV and Street Fighter V) that actually turns out to be Twelve taking the form of the leader of Shadaloo, however, the real Bison appears in a serect Shadaloo base in hiding and is told that Chun-Li has been captured by Vega.
Bison is one the main villains in the crossover comic of Street Fighter x G.I. Joe along with King Cobra of the G.I. Joe franchise. The two have allied against their common enemy, the United States government, to stop their interference with the duo's plans for world domination; M. Bison operates in the open alongside Cobra's minions, while King Cobra himself works in the shadows.
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 fights with a self-taught style using the Psycho Power. In the non-canonical Street Fighter: The Storytelling Game, M. Bison is said to use the martial art developed and taught by himself, Lerdrit. Though in reality, Lerdrit is actually a Thai form of martial arts taught and used by the Royal Thai Army. It should be noted however that while M. Bison's fighting style in the games is original, it may borrow elements from Lerdrit.
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.
In Street Fighter V, M. Bison has a more aggressive play style than before with air juggles and on/off-the-ground attacks, his crouching Heavy Kick (sweep) knocks opponents into the air and his Head Press can now hit grounded and airborne opponents. M. Bison gains the Psycho Reflect, the move reflects projectiles back at the opponent similar to Rose's Soul Reflect. M. Bison gains Psycho Blast and Psycho Inferno. M. Bison's teleport is incredibly fast where he can teleport just before a project hits unscathed with little recovery time. His EX Scissor Kick now hits multiple times. M. Bison's V-Trigger allow him to warp from the air to the ground and perform a psycho-infused Head Stomp twice.
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). From Super Street Fighter IV onward his second Ultra, Psycho Punisher, sees Bison jump up into the air and deliver a falling stomp with both feet and if the opponent is caught in the stomp's shockwave Bison grabs them by the face and lifts them off their feet, then drives his other fist into their stomach and fires a blast of psycho power into their abdomen.
In Street Fighter V, Bison's Critical Art appears to be the Ultimate Psycho Crusher with elements mixed from Street Fighter II V. Upon activating his Critical Art, he releases a large barrier of Psycho Power around him. Anyone hit within the blast, is knocked into the air where Bison is flying while charging up with one hand his Psycho Power and then charging with both hands, then finally performing his signature attack in one hit against his opponent into the wall.
As a Final/Hidden BossEdit
Final 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 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). He also other forms that appeared in both Street Fighter EX2 Plus (Bison II or Vega II (ベガII Bega Tsū?), and Street Fighter EX3 as a secret computer-only boss character (Shin-Bison or True Vega (トゥルーベガ Turū Bega?)).
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 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 Bison is usable only in the home versions of Street Fighter Alpha 3. 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 Street Fighter EX 2 Plus and Street Fighter EX 3, Bison II appears in a black uniform while in Street Fighter EX 3 only, Shin-Bison appears with pale, indigo-tinted skin and a white uniform. In both of these games, both these forms have an infinite amount of SC energy. They also tends to be far more aggressive and makes frequent use of his teleporting ability.
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. The "This is delicious!" part would later be referenced in Street Fighter V's Story Mode, where after Bison appears before F.A.N.G, Balrog and Vega, Bison says "My generals are all killing each other? This is delicious entertainment!"
- 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!". This confession reinforces M. Bison as a possible bearer of psychopathy.
- 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
- Due to how he is named differently in varying regions, he is known in the international community as "Dictator".
- 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.
- 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!").
- His kick throw and extended animations for his Knee Press Nightmare all came from his Street Fighter EX appearances, and was first adopted in his Capcom vs. SNK appearance. He did not have a kick-based throw previously.
- During some prologue story mode battles in Street Fighter V, M. Bison's appearance is his default design in said game instead of his Alpha design.
- 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 http://www.capcom.co.jp/sf4/vega.html
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Street Fighter: World Warrior Encyclopedia Hardcover
- ↑ Street Fighter V
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Street Fighter V Stat Card
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 http://www.capcom.co.jp/sfv/chara_vega.html
- ↑ 月刊ゲーメスト10月号増刊『ストリートファイターII』p83。
- ↑ 『COMPLETE FILE STREET FIGHTER II』P59（発行：カプコン、発売：朝日ソノラマ・1992年刊）。
- ↑ Review of TOKYO: THE LAST MEGALOPOLIS Anthony Romero, Toho Kingdom, September 22, 2006
- ↑ Comparison between Vega's Image and Kyūsaku Shimada's Portrait (at the bottom of the page). Retrieved on 2009-6-01.
- ↑ Poll about Vega's Inspiration. Retrieved on 2012-8-04.
- ↑ Japanese Review of TEITO MONOGATARI (1988). Retrieved on 2012-8-07.
- ↑ 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
- ↑ Charlie gameplay trailer posted by Capcom on Feb. 24, 2015
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epPou9RzeKM
- ↑ http://www.eventhubs.com/news/2015/nov/13/dragons-trolls-samurai-and-m-bison-classic-street-fighter-characters-are-invading-blood-brothers-2/
- ↑ http://blog.sfrpg.com.br/post/M-Bison.aspx
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2risVtc1Yjg
|Street Fighter II Characters|
|The World Warrior||Blanka · Chun-Li · Dhalsim · E. Honda · Guile · Ken · Ryu · Zangief|
|Champion Edition||Balrog · M. Bison · Sagat · Vega|
|The New Challengers||Cammy · Dee Jay · Fei Long · T. Hawk|
|Street Fighter: The Movie Characters|
|Core Roster|| Akuma · Balrog · Cammy · Chun-Li · E. Honda · Guile · Ken|
M. Bison · Ryu · Sagat · Sawada · Vega · Zangief
|Arcade Only||Arkane · Blade · F7 · Khyber|
|Console Only||Blanka · Dee Jay|
|Street Fighter Alpha Characters|
|Alpha||Adon · Akuma · Birdie · Charlie · Chun-Li · Dan · Guy · Ken · M. Bison · Rose · Ryu · Sagat · Sodom|
|Alpha 2||Cammy · Dhalsim · Evil Ryu · Gen · Rolento · Sakura · Shin Akuma · Zangief|
|Alpha 3||Original||Balrog · Blanka · Cody · E. Honda · Juli · Juni · Karin · R. Mika · Vega|
|Console||Dee Jay · Fei Long · Final Bison · Guile · T. Hawk|
|Upper||Eagle · Maki · Yun|
|Marvel vs. Capcom Characters|
|X-Men vs. Street Fighter||Akuma · Cammy · Charlie · Chun-Li · Dhalsim · Ken · M. Bison · Ryu · Zangief|
|Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter||Cyber-Akuma · Dan · Dark Sakura · Mech-Zangief · Sakura · Shadow|
|Clash of Super Heroes||Shadow Lady|
|New Age of Heroes||Guile|
|Fate of Two Worlds||C. Viper · Haggar|
|Street Fighter EX Characters|
|EX|| Akuma · Allen · Blair · Chun-Li · C. Jack · Darun · D. Dark · Guile|
Hokuto · Kairi · Ken · Pullum · Ryu · Skullomania · Zangief
|EX Plus||Bloody Hokuto · Cycloid-β · Cycloid-γ · Evil Ryu · Garuda · M. Bison|
|EX Plus α||Dhalsim · Sakura|
|EX2||Blanka · Hayate · Nanase · Shadowgeist · Sharon · Vega|
|EX2 Plus||Area · Sagat · V. Rosso|
|EX3||Ace · Bison II|
|CPU Only||Shin-Bison · Cycloid · Zako A · Zako B · Zako C|
|SNK vs. Capcom Characters|
|The Match of the Millennium||Akuma · Chun-Li · Dan · Evil Ryu · Guile · Ken · M. Bison · Ryu · Sakura · Zangief|
|Millennium Fight||Balrog · Blanka · Cammy · Dhalsim · E. Honda · Sagat · Vega|
|Mark of the Millennium||Eagle · Maki · Rolento · Shin Akuma · Yun|
|SVC Chaos||Hugo · Violent Ken|
|Capcom Fighting Evolution Characters|
|Street Fighter II||Guile · M. Bison · Ryu · Shin Akuma · Zangief|
|Street Fighter Alpha||Guy · Karin · Rose · Sakura|
|Street Fighter III||Alex · Chun-Li · Urien · Yun|
|Street Fighter IV Characters|
|Original|| Abel · Akuma · Balrog · Blanka · Chun-Li · C. Viper · Dhalsim · E. Honda · El Fuerte|
Guile · Ken · M. Bison · Rufus · Ryu · Sagat · Vega · Zangief
|Console||Cammy · Dan · Fei Long · Gen · Gouken · Rose · Seth · Sakura|
|Super||Adon · Cody · Dee Jay · Dudley · Guy · Hakan · Ibuki · Juri · Makoto · T. Hawk|
|Arcade Edition||Evil Ryu · Oni · Yang · Yun|
|Ultra||Decapre · Elena · Hugo · Poison · Rolento|
|CPU Only||Shin Akuma|
|Street Fighter X Tekken Characters|
|Core Roster|| Abel · Akuma · Balrog · Cammy · Chun-Li · Dhalsim · Guile · Hugo · Ibuki · Juri|
Ken · M. Bison · Poison · Rufus · Rolento · Ryu · Sagat · Vega · Zangief
|Downloadable||Blanka · Cody · Dudley · Elena · Guy · Sakura|
|Street Fighter V Characters|
|Core Roster|| Birdie · Cammy · Chun-Li · Dhalsim · F.A.N.G · Karin · Ken · Laura|
M. Bison · Nash · Necalli · R. Mika · Rashid · Ryu · Vega · Zangief
|Season 1||Alex · Balrog · Guile · Ibuki · Juri · Urien|
|CPU Only|| März · Aprile · Santamu · Decapre · Satsuki · Février · Enero · Juli|
AS-D · AS-M · AS-V · AS-R · Peter