Shadaloo (シャドルー, Shadoruu), originally called Shadowlaw (possibly the result of mispronunciation) is a very powerful and deadly criminal organization that is responsible for dealing biochemical drugs and arms within in the Street Fighter universe.
Initially listed as merely "a mysterious crime organization", the game's literature mentioned little more than listing some of Shadaloo's ranks, as well as the members in order of seniority. Led by M. Bison, Shadaloo's base in Thailand (appearing to be vaguely near Bangkok) played host to the second World Warrior tournament. The Four Heavenly Kings serve as the final bosses for all playable characters.
Initially, Shadaloo's goals and scope were ambiguous at best. They appeared to be smugglers, though of what is not explained. Bison is described as "ruling his empire with an iron fist", possibly indicating that he controlled some independent territory. Each of the bosses were motivated by their own self-centered desires, and accepted Bison's offer to join his rank based on wealth or opportunity. Balrog was hired as an enforcer to expand his wealth, whereas Vega was a well-paid assassin. Sagat was Bison's right-hand man and personal bodyguard, who was motivated by revenge against Ryu.
As more games in the series were produced, more bits of information regarding Shadaloo came to light. In Super Street Fighter II, it was divulged that Shadaloo was responsible for the massacre of T. Hawk's tribe, and that it smuggled biochemical drugs and/or weapons. In addition, a storyline skimping on details was introduced between Cammy and Bison, alluding to the fact that Cammy worked for Bison before her bout with amnesia.
Shadaloo's motives, capabilities, and scope were much further revealed. The crime organization appeared to be paramilitary, with very powerful capabilities. Shadaloo bases were identified in Thailand and Brazil that seemed to contain technology and weapons sufficiently advanced to rival a medium-sized nation. M. Bison had control of a very large VTOL (vertical take-off landing) jet and employed scientists to create cyborgs, clones, human experiments, mind-control rays, satellites, powerful weaponry, large-scale attack robots, and the Psycho Drive.
In Street Fighter Alpha 3, a series of plots showed the downfall of at least one of Shadaloo's bases in Thailand and the destruction of M. Bison's current body, greatly weakening him and the organization. Nonetheless, Shadaloo would continue to have a large presence until and during the second World Warrior tournament, which resulted in the death of Bison at Akuma's hand. Shadaloo was shown to be one of the enemies of the Kanzuki family in Karin's storyline.
Tidbits of storyline info shown during or after the games indicate that after Bison's death, Balrog sought to replace him as the head of Shadaloo. Due to his being horribly inadequate for the leadership of such a vast empire, Chun-Li was able to systematically shut down Shadaloo operations to the point of its total collapse, leaving Balrog in need of a job once more, as indicated by his intro in Street Fighter IV.
Street Fighter IV seriesEdit
The remaining scientists and smugglers of Shadaloo were transferred over to S.I.N. under management of Seth to work behind the scenes on new weapons and the BLECE project. Unbeknownst to Seth, the scientists also worked on a new body for M. Bison.
Street Fighter III seriesEdit
It is revealed by Urien that Shadaloo has fallen by that time, though how exactly is unclear; he only makes a vague hint that Chun-Li is one major person in its downfall.
Members of Shadaloo Edit
"Grand Masters" (Four Heavenly Kings) Edit
- M. Bison (leader/CEO)
- Sagat (former bodyguard before the events of Street Fighter Alpha 3)
- Vega (assassin)
- Balrog (enforcer)
- Cammy (former)
- Juni (former)
- Juli (former)
- Cammy (Street Fighter Alpha 3)
- Abel (Street Fighter IV)
- M. Bison (Street Fighter IV)
- Seth (Street Fighter IV)
- Arkane (Street Fighter: The Movie arcade game)
- Blade (Street Fighter: The Movie arcade game)
- Khyber (Street Fighter: The Movie arcade game)
- F7 (Street Fighter: The Movie arcade game)
- Ken (Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie)
- Carlos Blanka (live-action movie)
- Shadow Charlie (Marvel vs. Capcom series)
Live-action Members Edit
- Dee Jay (former)
- Zangief (former)
- Dhalsim (former)
- Ryu (former, working undercover)
- Ken (former, working undercover)
- The Bison Troopers
- Cammy White (being set up by Balrog)
- Evil Ryu (brainwashed Ryu)
- Shadow Lady (brainwashed Chun-Li)
Cartoon-only Members Edit
- La Lupa
Manga Members Edit
- Gen (Top Assassin)
- Sodom (Pit-Fighter)
- Cammy as Killer Bee (Pit-Fighter)
- Eagle (Pit-Fighter)
- Guy (former, undercover disguised as henchman)
UDON comics Members Edit
- Agent Zero/Charlie (Brainwashed/Experiment)
- Dee Jay (Brainwashed)
- Blanka (Brainwashed/Experiment)
- Ken (Brainwashed)
- E. Honda (Brainwashed)
- T. Hawk (Brainwashed)
Street Fighter EX Members Edit
- Cracker Jack (pre-Retcon)
Despite minor changes and reformulations through every game, film, TV series and specials launched, the Shadaloo insignia essentially remains the same: a metallic or silvery skull with a menacing visual, adorned with eagle-like wings on the sides and a lightning bolt shaped as a single Nazi-esque sig rune on its forehead, the same rune depicted in every game adorning the buckle of M. Bison's belt.