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Prologue mode offers a background prologue of each playable character and the endings for each character sets up their role in A Shadow Falls.
In his story prologue, Alex is fixing his trailer car as Patricia arrives who informs him his invitation mail that was sent into her house.Later, she gives him a basket full of sandwiches before she left, in his trailer car, after eating the sandwiches in the basket, he falls asleep, unaware that three Shadaloo foot soldiers are approaching him. In his dream, he wakes up in unfamiliar surroundings and is watched by F.A.N.G who calls him as Shadaloo test body number 222222 and he begins his AUS simulation. Alex is confronted by reimagined fighters; Dan, E. Honda, and Hakan. After beating three reimaagined fighters, he decides to go back to his trailer and F.A.N.G continues to tests him as he reveals to Alex that he was kidnapped by Shadaloo to become one of their experiments to be tested with and he forces him to fight a reimagined Birdie. After defeating Birdie, Alex decides to find the exit and escape but failed as F.A.N.G continues to test him in his amusement as he fights a reimagined Chun-Li. After defeating it, Alex. wanted to get out of here as F.A.N.G notices his resilence to escape and warns him if he escapes he will die as he fights a reimagined Ryu. Ryu manages to inflict a scar on Alex's upper cheek during the fight before Alex beats him with a Power Bomb causing F.A.N.G to get panic after noticing Alex's wrestling and kickboxing moves. Alex angrily warns him to bring another of his toys just to destroy his laboratory as F.A.N.G orders some of his men to get him out for destroying his lab before he unleashes the poison cloud in the surroundings. Alex soon wakes up knowing it was a dream as Patricia sees he ate the sandwiches and also informs him about Tom's invitation and some of his mail as well as she noticed the scratch on his face. When Alex looks in the mirror, he found himself to have scars on his cheek.
In his prologue story, F.A.N.G was impressed to see Balrog had found the bandaged boy from the S.I.N laboratory who is revealed to be Ed. Balrog angrily punched him but dodges as F.A.N.G informs him about their plan of Operation C.H.A.I.N.S. is now in full swing and not to say anymore secrets but he remarks about his actions is considers as betrayal causing Balrog to fight him. After the commotion, Balrog manages to knock F.A.N.G's hat as he tells him that he has work to do before retreating. When he calls Ed to come out, Ed manages to burn the hat into ashes as Balrog convinces him to both of them to make more money to get and he has his own agenda to do. At China, Balrog and Ed meets up with Urien until Necalli arrives to confront them to devour their souls. Urien tells Balrog if defeats Necalli down and gives him some reward money which Balrog excitedly agrees as he fights off Necalli. When Necalli was defeated he turns into dust as Urien pays him the reward and wants him to deliver the data of Operation C.H.A.I.N.S. in exchange for his service at Shadaloo. Balrog accepts the payment. Back at the Shadaloo Base, Ed remarks Urien's behavior was more of a jerk as Balrog reveals that he will work for him until he will bash his face once the job is done. Ed agrees to his plan as both he and Balrog walking away.
By the time Street Fighter V takes place Birdie is no longer a member of Shadaloo (as he hates their way of handling business) and is instead a freeloader at the Kanzuki Estate. In his story mode, Birdie is shown running away from Shadaloo and escaping F.A.N.G; after losing them, and fending off Chun-Li (who was trying to arrest him for questioning), he ends up at the Kanzuki Estate. He fights Karin, and leaves her impressed with his skills; when she asks why he left Shadaloo, Birdie (while having a sumptuous meal) casually answers that he "didn't like how they handled business" (while it's shown that he was actually irritated by having to wear a hat, hiding his hairdo). Karin decides to offer Birdie to stay at the Estate as her guest, wishing to test her leadership abilities (reasoning that, if he were to betray her, it would mean she is unworthy still); he eagerly accepts when he is reassured that it means free and unlimited food, whenever he wants. As first order of business, Karin smugly presents him with the challenge of facing one hundred of her bodyguards, much to his shock.
Cammy remembers her encounter with Decapre, who angrily attacked her due to her strong hatred. Then, she also remembers that she had hurt everyone in the past and now wants to protect. She is later contacted by her superior, informing her that Shadaloo is on the move. As she travels through India, she encounters Birdie. After defeating him, he recognizes Cammy as one of Bison's dolls from the time that he was a Shadaloo member as the police arrive. Birdie escapes, which Cammy fails to. Arriving at the Shadaloo base, she is attacked by F.A.N.G., who remarks that she is a deserter as he challenges her and Cammy remarks to him that he is one of Shadaloo's best lackeys. After defeating F.A.N.G., Cammy asks him about Decapre's whereabouts, then soon changes her question to be about all of Bison's dolls. F.A.N.G. laughs, stating that it is hilarious and recognizes her by her code name, "Killer Bee," which Cammy does not want to hear. She is later blocked by Shadaloo soldiers, when F.A.N.G, informs her that the Dolls are being used in "Operation C.H.A.I.N.S." and warns her that if she interferes, he will kill her with no mercy. When Cammy returns to London, she is reunited with Juni, noticing she has a permission to go out. As the two are talking about cats, they are cornered by Shadaloo. Vega attacks her, when Juni begins to recognizes the claw that Vega wields is much like Decapre's, and Cammy is forced to fight Vega while protecting Juni. After defeating Vega, he falls back, noticing Cammy's dangerous actions. Juni worries for Cammy as she remembers how F.A.N.G. told her about the operation. Cammy decides to stop Shadaloo and to save her fellow dolls. Juni encourages her and tells her to come back after she saves them. As Cammy leaves the scene, Juri is revealed to have been observing the whole event while spying on her.
Chun-Li was talking to the Chinese girl named Li-Fen handing over her yellow ribbon and her studded wristbands from the Alpha series. She wants to know how to tie with a yellow ribbon as well as she wishes to be a brave police officer like she is. Chun-Li then teaches her how to tie a yellow ribbon in each sides to make it ox-horns while she tells her the story in how brave she was a few years ago where she attempts to arrest Vega who taunts her about her beauty is like a rosebud and knowing about how her father was killed. When Chun-Li continues her pursuit, she meets up with both Guile and Charlie as Charlie tells her that she can't fight by herself and he tested her strength by fighting him. After fighting with Charlie, he tells her she can't do this alone and they are here to help her. By the time she confronts Vega again, they are blocked by Birdie along with Shadaloo soldiers as he attempts to attack them. Both Guile and Charlie manage to knock Birdie and some Shadaloo soldiers with both of their Flash Kicks allowing Chun-Li to chase Vega. The two fought again and Chun-Li finally defeats him and interrogates Vega about her father. Vega tells her that her father was killed by someone as he escapes from the helicopter. Chun-Li fails to apprehend Vega as she was encouraged by both Guile and Charlie from her bravery. Back at the present day, Chun-Li finishes to tie Li-Fen's hair into ox-horns which she was amused and wants to be strong like her. Chun-Li encourages her that if they work together, anything's possible and tells her to get ready as Li-Fen accepts.
In his prologue story, he was talking to an Indian police officer. At some other point, he is with Karin. During Karin's prologue story, Dhalsim begins to teach Mahesh the fundamentals of teleporting, but gets a surprise visit from Karin, her butler Shibazaki, and Birdie. Having heard of Oro's presence in India days prior, the young head of the Kanzuki family came to seek him out. He tells her that the Senjutsu master has been gone by a few days; Karin however promptly decides to challenge Dhalsim, who did not expect the sudden developments. After a very long match in which neither gain the upper hand, they both commend each other for their own respective skills (Dhalsim's mastery of Yoga, and Karin's "pure fist") before the yoga master teleports away to continue teaching his pupils.
F.A.N.G is second-in-command of Shadaloo, ranking below only M. Bison in the hierarchy (replacing Sagat at some unspecified point). He conducts experiments inside the doors of Shadaloo research facilities. In his prologue story, F.A.N.G is introduced as leader of the Nguuhao, one of the largest cartels in Asia and one that is infamous for kidnapping children to train into assassins. As one of these children, F.A.N.G was forced to learn the ways of the Poison Hand by way of exposing him to poison in controlled environments and with the hope of eventually teaching him to turn the natural poisons in his body into a weapon. F.A.N.G grew up watching children all around him die, but he emerged as the cartels strongest ever user of the Poison Hand, being dubbed "the Fang of the Nguuhao". Eventually, his profile grew large enough for him to be sent on a mission to assassinate M. Bison with the assistance of other Nguuhao assassins (who apparently feared and despised F.A.N.G). Attempting to lower Bison's guard by pretending to swear fealty to Shadaloo, F.A.N.G and his fellow assassins attacked M. Bison, only to be easily defeated due to Bison's immunity to their poisons. With the other assassins being slaughtered one by one, F.A.N.G continued to fight, driven by an intense desire to live. Sensing F.A.N.G's strength after killing every other Nguuhao assassin, Bison spares his life when F.A.N.G tries to surrender, telling F.A.N.G that he does not demand loyalty, but power, and that being of use will give him a life in Shadaloo. Gaining an intense respect and devotion towards M. Bison due to his power and wisdom, F.A.N.G works his way up Shadaloo's ranks, eventually becoming one of Shadaloo's Four Heavenly Kings, and heading research and administrative operations. He is one of the masterminds behind the Dolls project and plays an integral role in the planning and initiation of Shadaloo's latest bid to take over the world: Operation C.H.A.I.N.S.
His prologue story shows that he saves Abel from F.A.N.G who attempts to finish him off with his poison by hitting him with his Sonic Boom. After the fight, F.A.N.G escapes with the use of his poison cloud and angrily wants to make Guile pay for his interferance. Guile informs Abel about catching him will leads him to another trap as Abel wants to go after him. Guile also noticed Abel's injuries and gives him an advice that recklessness and bravery aren't the same thing. It zooms into a flashback where Charlie teaches Guile his fighting style and gives him an advice not to get so heated knowing of his hot temper and Guile understands his advice to keep the heart hot but the mind cool as they make a friendly sparring match afterwards both ends up in a draw as Charlie happily remarks that both of them are losing their cool. Back in the present day, Guile decides to help Abel lead into the abandoned S.I.N Laboratory but was met by Juri who eventually escapes. Both Guile and Abel discovered that Shadaloo's next plan is about Operation C.H.A.I.N.S much to their horrible shock until the lab crumbles as Abel got crushed into its debris as Guile helps him to escape stating that he does not want to make his friends die. Back in China, Abel was happy that Guile saves him until he senses Vega attempts to ambush them. Guile prevails as Vega warns him about the stage of death before escaping as Guile tells Abel that fighting in the battlefield while staying in control to survive and they're the ones are gonna win it until the end.
In her prologue story, Ibuki finally finishes her ninja assignment and was called by Sakura (It is establish that she and Sakura became close friends since their encounter in Super Street Fighter IV). She informs her about the party invitation sent from her rival Karin Kanzuki. Ibuki replies that she hasn't read it yet while she was getting home to the ninja village before she almost fall into the roof. Sakura tells her to travel to the Kanzuki Estate by plane and she also tells her that she can't come due to conflict schedules before hanging up. Ibuki ponders what she could wear at the party and she never met Karin before. It zooms into a flashblack where she was invited in Karin's party Arriving at the Kanzuki Estate, Ibuki is excited to get through the party only to be ambushed by Birdie which forces her to fight him. After defeating Birdie, Ibuki tells him that she also has an invitation on the party as Birdie rudely replies that she does not except her invitation as Karin intervenes and knocks Birdie with a single kick heavily on his butt much to her shock and scolds him for his rudeness to her guest. Karin finally introduces herself to Ibuki who Sakura highly recognizes of her. Ibuki also introduces herself which she recognizes Karin in Sakura's stories as Karin tries to make a blow which she avoids by surprise as she tells her that she will fight her as her introduction. After the fight Karin manages to make a hit point on Ibuki who informs her that she had a talked with the Glade of Ninjas about working with her. Since Karin recognizes Ibuki as Sakura's friend, she let her stay at the party due to her love of handsome guys and gives her the contract which has been approved by the Glade of Ninjas, Ibuki signs it and she happily accepts to enjoy the party. Ibuki remembers about the party when she meets Guile, E. Honda, Hakan and other characters who are invited at Karin's party and her arguments with R. Mika when she rejects her offer on muscle training until she was called by Sarai who tells her not to get late as Ibuki agrees before hanging up and she happily returns to her home village. Ibuki appears in the end of R. Mika's prologue story, in which she rejects R. Mika's offer in muscle training, stating that she can't learn anything from someone who is overly passionate and bossy. This angers R. Mika, who asks if she had listened to anything she said; Ibuki responds by saying she was shouting too much so she tuned her out. This prompts Mika to tell her step outside, in which Ibuki angrily asks that she leave her alone after she beats her. Mika dubs Ibuki as arrogant, to which Ibuki replies that she isn't arrogant and has been working at Kanzuki Estate longer than Mika has. The argument between the two continues on. In the game's cinematic story mode, Ibuki is seen with Birdie to watch a tag team match between Zangief and R. Mika against Alex and Laura until the monitor screen was shut down. Ibuki is last seen going with Karin who angrily decides to travel to New York to find out who is behind the mess.
In her prologue story, Juri faces off Bison in a sadistic manner in an attempt to avenge killing her family and damaging her eye. However, Bison quickly gets behind her, attacks her with Psycho Power and grabs her head, noticing her Feng Shui Engine in her left eye. In the present day, Juri meets up with Helen, who asks her about her newly replaced eye, that Juri had found at an abandoned S.I.N. base, and offers her to join them, when they are interrupted by Balrog, who's looking around for S.I.N. agents. Wanting to test out her new eye, Juri fights him, before Ed intervenes and informs him about their plan in the base where they retreat to. Juri later meets C. Viper, who informs her that the only reason she's not in jail is because she is not the primary threat and warns her about Shadaloo's motives. Later at the Shadaloo base, looking around for data on Shadaloo, Juri confronts and fights F.A.N.G., who becomes insulted from her remarks on being Bison's second in command. Their fight ends with F.A.N.G using his poison clouds to make Juri retreat. Juri now realizing their motives, secretly calls Helen by phone and finally accepts her offer to take down Shadaloo in a rather sultry manner. She was shown helping someone in the story mode.
Now the head of the Kanzuki Zaibatsu (and currently engaged in direct relationship with the Prime Minister and other head of states), Karin returns to the Kanzuki Estate, where Shibazaki and Birdie are waiting for her (in the latter's own backstory, it is revealed that Karin invited him to stay as his guest, impressed by his improvements and as a test of her own leadership); after a sparring match with Birdie which leaves her victorious but unsatisfied, Shibazaki tells her that a worthy challenger could have been found: a mysterious Senjutsu master who fights with an arm sealed. Promptly, Karin decides to go to India. there, she meets Dhalsim, who tells her that the Senjutsu master has been gone by a few days; Karin decides to make up for the lost opportunity and challenges the Yoga master. After a very long match, they both praise each other's skills (Dhalsim's increased mastery of Yoga, and Karin's "pure fist") before the latter teleports away. Just then, Zangief arrives on the scene, being chased by Shadaloo hitmen; Karin dispatches them (apparently with a secret Kanzuki technique), and after that she and Zangief have a match. They part ways satisfied, and Karin returns to Japan. There, she is met at the estate by a friend she has not seen in a while, Sakura; after greeting each other amicably, Karin is quick to assume a battle stance, to which her rival laughs that she hasn't changed a bit, but that's just how she likes it.
Ken, Eliza and Mel are invited to a party hosted by Karin. Ken reminisce the fights between him and Ryu. The family gets lost on the way to the party and encounter Birdie who thinks they’re trespassing, resulting in a fight with Ken. Karin arrives and offers Ken a pre-meal fight as an apology for Birdie attacking him to which Ken accepts. Ken and Eliza talk about Ryu not being at the party. In the main story, Ken is for some reason beating three men with a single Shoryuken in flames.
Laura looks for opponents to fight and to promote her fighting style. Before leaving her house to seek strong fighters, she hugs and teases Sean a bit. She encounters Birdie and offers him a free meal if they fight, afterwards Laura asks Birdie if he knows any strong fighters to which he points her in the direction of Karin. After their fight, Laura asks her if she knows any strong fighters, Karin replies by telling her about Ryu, after finding and fighting the wandring warrior, he talks about the Satsui no Hado. Later on, Laura meets and fights against Zangief who gives her tickets to a wrestling scouting event. At some point, Laura is fighting against R. Mika in a sparring wrestling match while Zangief is watching. In the main story, she is shown to be excited about something.
In his prologue story, Bison founded the new Shadaloo base at some point, while sitting on his throne as three of his underlings, including F.A.N.G prior to his status as second-in command, are bowing down before him. In the main story, Bison has a new plan involving a huge weapon to conquer the world.
His prologue story shows that after his unsuccessful attempt to take down Bison and his then believed demise in the explosion, Charlie is found by a blonde haired woman named Helen who asks him if he remembers who was responsible for his severe injuries. He remembers back when he was dispatched by Bison and falling through the waterfall (referring to his ending in Alpha 2) and lastly he was informed by Guile about his commander's orders to locate him which Guile notices his changing behavior. Back at the present day, he was seen with Helen who was happy to get his memories back which she wants to know how he confronted Bison. Charlie finally explains to her everything as he remembers the time he confronts Bison in his territory. After defeating Bison, Charlie now asks him about his connection with the military and Shadaloo but ends up being gunned down due to the trap made by him. Helen realizes how it happened to him when he was missing in action and his demise in the explosion. She then lets him to have good time in a few. A few days later, he meets Ed which he interrogates him to know where Bison is as Ed demonstrating his Psycho Powers and taunts him for being a dead body. It was interuppted soon by F.A.N.G to take Ed with him. After defeating F.A.N.G, he states to Charlie that he was annoying as he quickly takes Ed with the use of his smoking poison to escape. Back in Russia in another few days, Helen tells him to start to meet his old friends to think he was dead. Soon after, he finally stands in front of Guile, Chun-Li and Cammy about his revival and his thoughts are nothing more but to kill Bison and nobody will stand in his way. At some point in the main story, Charlie walks away from some burning buildings, at another point, he looks at a picture of Guile and lastly he was talking to Helen. Various win and lose quotes note his altered personality. He appears entirely bent on killing M. Bison out of vengeance (as he openly states that he came back to life solely to kill M. Bison, "nothing more, nothing less."), whereas in the Alpha series, he was motivated by his desire for justice. Charlie even intends to kill Cammy and make her "repent" for previously being one of Bison's servants (despite her having been manipulated unwillingly). In the intro cinematic he is shown laying in a sarcophagus in a tomb and upon having mental images of his death and Bison, he violently awakens and tears out of his tomb. He is later in the intro shown fighting M. Bison alongside Rashid.
Necalli's prologue story is narrated by the "Warrior Prophet", an Aztec warrior-priest, from a place called "Ancient Altar". The Warrior Prophet monologues the story of Necalli's legend. The Warrior Prophet forsees that during the next 'Hour of Battle', Necalli will consume the souls of Ryu ('The one who agonizes to proceed on his path'), Dhalsim ('The one who serves the God of Fire') and M. Bison ('The one who fills the world with destruction'). During the current 'Hour of Battle', it is revealed that Necalli has come to devour the soul of the Warrior Prophet. The Warrior Prophet takes solace in knowing that only the strongest warriors witness Necalli. After a short battle, the Warrior Prophet is defeated and consumed by Necalli. However, upon consuming the Warrior Prophet, Necalli's appearance changes from his original form to a much more human looking one. The scars and markings on the Warrior Prophet are trasferred onto Necalli's person. In the epilogue, a flash-forward to the next 'Hour of Battle' reveals the prophecy being played out; as Necalli confronts Ryu and Dhalsim. However Necalli's altered form indicates the prophecy might not occur as predicted earlier.
R. Mika finally reunites with her master, Zangief as he wants to tests her in-ring strength after they did not met each other. After Zangief was defeated, he decides to be acquainted with her in a journey of training to attain her muscle spirit when he gives her an advice. At Brazil, she encounters Birdie who became angered for his crimes of getting too much food without paying. After defeating Birdie, she tells him that he was not near towards Zangief in strength and also he has no muscle spirit which Birdie could not understand her words. To Mika's confusion, Birdie leaves the scene as Zangief watching her leave. Back at the wrestling ring, R. Mika was confronted by Laura as Zangief watches them outside the ring. During their match, Laura was amazed by her tougher attitude to which R. Mika replies that she is okay and Zangief was on her side who taught her so much. Zangief steps in to fight Laura as both are ready to face off. To Mika's dismay Zangief's fight with Laura was interrupted by a large bear as Mika attempts to fight off the bear but to no avail as Zangief saves her by lifting and throws the bear outside of the wrestling ring. Mika tells him that her skills are developed yet and Zangief happily compliments her that she had already gained her passionate spirit from him and remarks her that she is fearless when she tried to stop the large bear and spirit feels with burning passion much to Mika's surprise. Zangief also tells her about the fusion between a muscle and a spirit was a Muscle Spirit and gives her an advice to continue her muscle training and Mika was happy by it. Zangief considers her as his comrade and he wants to fight side by side. It soon changes outside the Kanzuki Estate where Mika is acquainted with Ibuki. She wants to travel the world and teach them about muscle spirit. Ibuki rejects her offer stating that she can't anything from someone like Mika who is passionate and bossy. This angers Mika which she realizes that Ibuki did not listen to her words at all and Ibuki replies that she was shouting at nothing which is why she rejects her offer. Mika becomes enraged by Ibuki's words causing an argument between both of them and she challenges her in a fight which Ibuki shuts her up if she wins Mika will leave her alone as Mika rants her for picking up a fight and calls her arrogant while Ibuki calls her a bossy. At some point in the game's story, she and Zangief (as tag team partners) are in a wrestling match.
Rashid is the eldest son of an old Middle Eastern family who's travelling the world in search of a missing friend who has been kidnapped by Shadaloo. Rashid is eating with his servant Azam, discussing how his friend gone missing and how Shadaloo is involved. He sees Birdie and fights him. He later talks to his friends online and one of them, a person named Maya, tells him to fight Ryu in order to see if he can take on Shadaloo. Rashid and Azam finds Ryu, who is with Gouken as he introduces himself as the hero who travels the world. Gouken wonders why a hero like Rashid comes here. Rashid wants to have an appreciate match to test his mettle by challenging Ryu which he also wonders when he assumes his fighting stance he does not hesitate to fight back which he asks Ryu if he's not up to fight which Ryu silently accepts his challenge. After beating Ryu in a challenge, Rashid becomes exhausted after seeing how powerful he is and Ryu manages to knock him down with a single blow and a Shoryuken to defeat him. Rashid finally accepts his defeat to Ryu as they both had a friendly shake hands after the fight and he will tell his great story to everyone in his hometown and learning more of his own skills. Rashid was very thankful for fighting Ryu which he accepts in a friendly manner. After his defeat, Azam asks him if he would not continue to search for his friend, Rashid finally realizes something important to him in his fight with Ryu. He felt something about Ryu's fist about his passion to keep moving forward. Rashid decides to save his friend from Shadaloo even if he is alone. He also asks Azam if he is coming along to save his friend as Azam agrees to go with him to save his friend at the hands of Shadaloo.
In his dream, he was fighting against his evil self which he tells him to make him stronger which Ryu ultimately rejects it. It soon changes where he was seen fighting his master, Gouken in a sparring match which Ryu charging himself in a dark aura and hits his master with a single Hadoken as it explodes in a flash of light. Ryu soon wakes up in his dream as Gouken noticed who states to him that he was nearly consumed by the Satsui no Hado. Ryu was later confronted by Rashid who finally introduces himself as the hero who travels the world. Rashid wants to challenge Ryu in a match which is to test his mettle. Gouken gives Ryu an advice of fighting his opponents which lies in a heart of battle and himself. Rashid asks him if he is not up fighting today as he silently accepts his challenge. After Rashid was defeated, he accepts his defeat and both are seen are having a friendly shake after the match. As Rashid leaves with his servant, Azam, Ryu decides to leave while handling his duffel bag to understand more aout his own power as Gouken tells him to meet Ken who is worried for him. Ryu finally reunites with Ken who notices their master about the Satsui no Hado. Ryu wants to know more answers about the fist of destruction which it does not lead to it as Ken decides to fight Ryu in a friendly sparring match. After that, Ken states it is not too shabby and he tells Ryu if he is controlled by the Satsui no Hado he will help him snap out of it. He also tells him to relax and go fight. Arriving in China, Ryu encounters one of Shadaloo's soldiers only to be brutally intercepted by a revived Charlie. Ryu feels the Satsui no Hado within his fist as Charlie wants to challenge him in a fight just to understand more of his power and limits. Ryu replies that he wants to know more. After fighting Charlie to a draw, both are seen clashing each others' fist with their own chi. After this, Charlie calmly remarks that the Satsui no Hado within Ryu wasn't expecting to be as Ryu replies that he was struggling to suppress it completely until he made up his mind once he finds the answer what lies ahead about his power. He will keep moving and fighting no matter what the answer is. Charlie finally realizes that he and Ryu are not looking for the same thing but he gets something out of it and he thanked Ryu for their fight as they parted ways.
Vega is keeping tabs on the Dolls and thinks that F.A.N.G is foolish for making them loyally follow the commands of Shadaloo.
Zangief is shown beating an opponent with a Spinning Piledriver to win a wrestling match in the New York Fighting Tournament. After the match, he reads the latest edition of a wrestling magazine "Muscle Soul Fighers", sent by Rashid's servant, Azam. Zangief then flies to London, where he reunites with R. Mika who refers to him as "Master Zangief". Zangief wants to test her in-ring strength in a fight, and Mika happily complies. After she is defeated by him, Mika comments on how she wants to follow in Zangief's footsteps to become a "great professional wrestler", and Zangief replies by telling her that the only way to properly follow in his footsteps is to have what he calls "Muscle Spirit". He proposes that the two embark on a training journey, fighting around the world to build muscle and obtain the strongest Muscle Spirit they can muster. Mika gladly accepts the offer, and the two fly to their first destination, China. Once in China, Zangief meets with an old friend Azam as well as Rashid. Mika is surprised that Azam and Zangief are acquainted; Zangief tells Mika that Azam is the adviser of the "Muscle Soul Fighters Club" as he introduces him to her. Rashid, too, is surprised that Azam and Zangief know each other, as Rashid is a fan of Zangief's, having watched his wrestling victories on the internet and remarking that his muscles are amazing in person. Zangief comically challenges Rashid to a wrestling match on the spot, offering to (literally) throw Rashid "as [a] greeting", much to Rashid's surprise and terror. After Zangief demonstrates his moves on Rashid, the latter remarks that he was tremendously powerful; Zangief states that this strength comes from a "great power and dedication of muscle". Mika also challenges Rashid, again much to Rashid's shock and terror. Zangief laughs, saying that Mika and Rashid should have a great match together. While the two go at it, Azam informs Zangief about Laura's message that he received, reading only "The usual place". Azam also reminisces when both are guided by their masters a lifetime ago. Zangief soon notices that Mika has beaten Rashid for not the first time, as she excitedly challenges Rashid to have "one more match" to keep working on her muscle spirit as Rashid tries to make an excuse for why they shouldn't fight again. Zangief and Azam laugh, the former remarking to Rashid that fiery spirits help everyone, not just pro wrestlers, and Azam tells him that the spirit that he inherits from his ancestors will fuel his power as a fighter and turn into muscle. Azam's statement confuses both Mika and Rashid, giving Azam and Zangief a hearty laugh. Back in New York, Zangief now teams up with Mika, both in different costumes, in a tag team match. Mika gets extremely nervous, due to this being her first match fighting alongside her hero. Zangief encourages her not to get so antsy, as her muscle spirit is ready for anything as is as well-trained as his own. Mika thanks him, and the two enter the ring.