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.
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Other video games Edit
- The King of Fighters character Benimaru Nikaido and Vega are quite similar; 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. Also, Benimaru is a friendly rival to his series' main hero (i.e. Kyo Kusanagi), whereas Vega is a henchman to his series' main villain (M. Bison).
- 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 a seeming obsession with beauty. Vega looks for physical beauty, whereas Zhang He looks for grace in battle, and treats it as a theater show.
- His personality reflects that of Dome Ace Tucker from the Pokémon franchise and Oliver from the Fire Emblem series.
Comics and Manga Edit
- Vega shares some traits with many other narcissist-type characters in manga and anime, particularly Shin, the Nameless Asura, and Yuda from the Fist of the North Star series, Zarbon from the Dragon Ball Z franchise and Cavendish from the One Piece franchise.
- Vega is similar to Patrick Bateman from the novel American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis. Both are extremely vain and good-looking murderers, obsessed with beauty and perfection to the point that they get enraged if their faces are disfigured. The only difference is that Bateman is comparable to a real-life psychopath in that he cannot feel empathy or remorse, whereas Vega does occasionally show legitimate concern for other people, such as the Shadaloo Dolls.