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Poison, as she appears in Street Fighter X Tekken
Poison
Birthdate February 24
Birthplace 22px-Flag of the United States svg Los Angeles, USA
Height 5'9" (175 cm)
Eye color Green/Blue
Hair color Pink/Purple
Fighting style Self-taught martial arts
Likes Her pet cat, French fries, Cody
Dislikes Jail time, Cops (Edi E.), Mayor Haggar
Hobbies Acrobatics
Moveset Cat Claw, Handcuffs, Whip, Super: Poison Kiss', Thunder Whip
First game Final Fight
English voice actor(s) Karen Strassman
Japanese voice actor(s) Atsuko Tanaka
"I'm not just hotter than you, I also just kicked your ass!"
—Poison (Street Fighter X Tekken)

Poison (ポイズン, Poizun) is the friend and manager of Hugo. Before her career as a manager kicked off, she was well known as one of the more recognizable members of the group called Mad Gear.

Appearances

Poison is a character who originated from the Final Fight video game series, created by Akira Yasuda for Capcom. Introduced in the first Final Fight, she has appeared in later artworks and games in a cameo role, and is one of the few characters from the series to move on to a minor role in the main Street Fighter series. She was voiced by Atsuko Tanaka in the Street Fighter III series, and Masae Yumi in SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos.

Beyond the Final Fight series, Poison has appeared alongside Hugo in Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact and its sequel Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike as his manager. She was planned to appear in Capcom Fighting All-Stars, but the game was canceled. She was also slated to appear in Final Fight: Streetwise, but, along with Sodom, was cut from the final game. Recently, Poison has been announced to be a playable character in Street Fighter X Tekken.

Poison has been featured in various promotional Street Fighter related artworks, as early as Street Fighter II. Additionally, she has been used as a cameo character three times in the Street Fighter Alpha series. In terms of merchandise, an immovable model was being made for the 2008 Capcom Girls Collection line of figurines by Mitsumasa Yoshizawa, using her Final Fight attire and at 1/6th height, standing nearly 11 inches tall. A similar model was released by REFLECT later on, identical to the previous figurine except with her giving a thumbs down gesture and darker colors.

Roxy

In the original Final Fight, there is also a palette-swap of Poison called Roxy. Roxy is identical to Poison except for having reddish-orange hair instead of pink, and having lower health.

Game

In the original Final Fight, Poison and Roxy both utilized standing and acrobatic flip kicks to attack the player. As one of the fighters in Final Fight Revenge, her moveset was expanded heavily, and she was armed with a whip. The whip is used primarily in her Cat Claw and Thunder Whip attacks (which are comparable to Shoryuken/Shinryūken styled attacks, respectively), and can be used to steal a weapon from the opponent. Additionally, her handcuffs can be thrown as a horizontal projectile move to immobilize the opponent for a short time.

One particular attack, Poison Kiss, has her blow a large heart-shaped kiss at the opponent that travels in a sine wave path. If it connects, a quick peep show of Poison in several erotic poses is displayed, and afterwards the opponent is shown stunned with hearts dancing over their head. Defeating an opponent with this attack results in Poison doing a pole dance for her win pose, with her whip serving as the pole. Though not playable in the beta test of Capcom Fighting All Stars, promotional material released by Capcom for the title show that this move would have been retained for her gameplay.

As of Street Fighter X Tekken, Poison has a unique moveset of her own that mixes agile Pro Wrestling techniques, and her own streetfighting ablities. Poison's standard throws includes a multi-hitting slap and a Frankensteiner, Aeolus Edge and Kissed by a Goddess is the names of her Fireball and Shoryuken like moves, Whip of love is a multi hitting whip attack and is done in similar fashion to Fei Long's Rekka's. Her famous flip kick from the original Final Fight games appears as a special called Love me Tender, after the flipping axe kick, Poison can follow this move up with a reverse Frankensteiner(Poison-Rana). Poison's Super Art is called Love Storm and its starts with her charging a large version of Aeolus Edge, once it hits she flips into the air and lands with a hard hitting axe kick that stuns the opponent in a prone position, afterwards she repeatedly smacks the opponent with her horse whip and delivers a final blow that knocks them into the air. Poison also retained her signature backflip from the original game.

History and Gender Controversy

Poison's first appearance in Final Fight featured her and a palette swap character named Roxy as recurring minor enemies for the player to fight. Named after the band by an unnamed female employee at Capcom, she was designed by Akira Yasuda to contrast against the bigger characters in the game and move about randomly. According to the book All About Capcom Head to Head Fighting Games, the characters were originally planned to be normal females, but were changed to transsexual females (or more specifically "newhalfs") due to the suggestion that "hitting women was considered rude" in America and the concern that feminist groups would sue. This was not enough and when the game was finally released in North America, Poison and Roxy were replaced entirely with male punk enemies called Sid and Billy.

A later appearance by Poison as playable character in Final Fight Revenge, an American-produced 3D fighting game spinoff of Final Fight, portrayed the character in a highly feminine manner and had her romantically interested in Final Fight hero Cody. Commentary about her ending in the game in All About Capcom suggested that the character might have gotten a sex change. The Final Fight-related character profiles featured in the 2005 compilation Capcom Classics Collection acknowledges Poison's transgender characterization, while addressing Roxy as a "she" who dislikes Poison's provacative outfits.

The discrepancy regarding Poison has been addressed more than once in interviews with former and current Capcom employees. Final Fight developer and Arika founder Akira Nishitani stated he supposed the character could be male, but added it was up to the viewer to decide. Street Fighter IV's producer Yoshinori Ono, when asked in an interview about the matter, stated "Let's set the record straight: in North America, Poison is officially a post-op transsexual. But in Japan, she simply tucks her business away to look female." He later emphasized it again when asked about what female characters could be included in the game Street Fighter IV, stating that it would be too confusing to include her due to the region-specific gender.

Trivia

  • She is currently the only character in Street Fighter X Tekken to have not appeared as a playable character in previous Street Fighter games.
  • In UDON comics, Cody remarks that Poison 'is not much of a lady' (probably refering to her dubious sex) to which Poison responds with fury.

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