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A popular and memorable Street Fighter character, Vega has been referenced many times in pop culture ever since his introduction in Street Fighter II. This is a page listing his references in general pop culture.

Street Fighter Edit

Capcom games Edit

  • In the semi-historical gladiatorial combat game Shadow of Rome, the player, controlling Agrippa, faces off in a climactic battle with Decius inside of a cage. Decius, who wields a clawed cestus weapon can get this claw stuck on the lattice of the cage during the fight. If the player attacks him while he's stuck like this a Salvo will be awarded called 'The Vega Connection' in reference to Vega and his cage stage in Street Fighter II. Also, in the same game, the boss of the chariot race section, Narclastese, wears a mask, carries a rose in his mouth and, oddly enough for a game set in ancient Rome, dresses like a Spanish matador, he is another possible reference to Vega.

Other video games Edit

  • The King of Fighters character Benimaru Nikaido is quite similar to Vega; they are both constructed around the same archetype, and specialize in agility. The distinction is that Vega's obsession with beauty has made him dangerously hostile towards 'ugly' people, whereas Benimaru, despite placing a high value on a handsome appearance, is respectful towards everyone else.
  • Zhang He of the Dynasty Warriors series resembles Vega. He has a similar body type, also bearing a tattoo on his chest and wielding clawed gauntlets. Both also use very graceful and swift moves, and possess an obsession with beauty. Vega looks for physical beauty, whereas Zhang He looks for grace, and treats physical combat like a theater show.

Comics and Manga Edit

  • Vega appears in the second Sonic the Hedgehog/Mega Man crossover comic, Worlds Unite.

Books Edit

  • Vega is similar to Patrick Bateman from the novel American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis. Both are vanity-filled good-looking murderers who are obsessed with beauty and perfection to the point that they get enraged if their faces are disfigured. The primary difference is that Bateman cannot feel empathy or remorse and is hence comparable to a real-life psychopath, whereas Vega, despite his own mental instability, does occasionally show legitimate concern for other people, such as the Shadaloo Dolls.

Television and Animations Edit

Movies Edit

Music Edit

Internet Edit

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