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If we take Ryu out of it, who is the next most iconic fighting game character?

Take Ryu out of it. Who is the second most iconic fighting game character?

  • Akuma

  • Chun Li

  • Sub-Zero

  • Scorpion

  • Kyo

  • Terry

  • Other


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Banshee

Member
Oct 27, 2017
31
Missouri
As someone that hasn't really touched fighting games, I don't think I could even pick Ryu out of a lineup. Chun-Li I'd come closer to knowing, for whatever reason.

Scorpion, followed by Sub-Zero are my vote for this, though.
 

Tace

Avenger
Nov 1, 2017
4,422
Ken is the only character besides Ryu to be in every SF game. Not even Scorpion was in every MK

He should be on the poll. Dude made it into Smash Bros
 

Shadoken

Member
Oct 25, 2017
2,556
Ryu and Ken are basically at the same level. I don't think i've ever met anyone who knows Ryu but not Ken.
Same thing with Scorpion and Subzero.

That said its probably Chun Li and then Scorp/Subzero. Its really close though , I feel like if you know one you know em all.
 

Kalentan

Member
Oct 25, 2017
13,506
MK11 is still the best selling game as of last month for 2019. Is there a breakdown on where it sold?
 

Toxi

Banned
Oct 27, 2017
9,696
My boy Ken of course. maybe Scorpion.

And Sub-zero and Scorpion seem to be models after Ryu/Ken as well, any confirmation on that besides likeness and user feedback? That always appeared to be the blueprint of fighting games going forward to have two main characters opposite ends of the spectrum (stoic/flashy) etc...
Scorpion/Sub-Zero came from the same origin as Ryu/Ken and Mario/Luigi: You can reuse sprites by just swapping colors.
 

Hateno

Member
Oct 30, 2017
69
With the casual gaming crowd, I'd say Scorpion would win out, especially since the series revival last gen. With the general public, I'd say Chun may still have the edge.
 

Gypsie

Member
Oct 29, 2017
693
Asked my wife if she knows any and she said she knows hadouken, I said that's not a character and she said yes it's the green spikey one.

Soooo I guess that's interesting
 

dumbyugi

Member
Oct 25, 2017
127
I don't think I've ever met someone who doesn't know Ken if they know Ryu, same with Scorpion and Sub-zero. So if Ryu is first then Ken is logically 2nd.
 

Remapped88

Member
Oct 27, 2017
488
USA
Honestly, I think Chun-Li, Ken and Scorpion are pretty tied but Chun-Li definitely has an edge over both since she the most recognized female fighter. As for Ken, if someone knows Ryu, then most likely will know Ken as well. Scorpion edges Sub-Zero out by a lot since Scorpion's line is iconic even though they are always in pairs.

I like SNK but Kyo or Terry shouldn't even be on the list since almost(maybe all) every SF2 character are more well known than them. I get that they're well known in specific areas of the world but SF2's roster is undeniably the most well known fighting game cast ever from Guile to Blanka to Sagat to M.Bison, etc.
 

evilromero

Member
Oct 27, 2017
1,150
I gotta go with Ken even though there's a strong argument for Chun-li. And I'm still talking all fighting games. SF has massive brand awareness.
 

Moara

Member
Oct 25, 2017
11,595
Chun-Li by a landslide. Ken and Guile are probably more known than Scorpion as well.
 

Moirayn

Member
Nov 7, 2018
854
Scorpion imo. Street Fighter's sales as a franchise are like 43 million units per capcom's official site. MKX sold 11 Million Units alone. By some metrics Mortal Kombat has been bigger than Street Fighter for a while now, so I'd put their main guy ahead of Chun-Li or Ken. I guess I just think Mortal Kombat is more mainstream nowadays. If you had asked me 10-15 years ago my answer would probably be different though.
 

Graven

Member
Oct 30, 2018
637
Is iconic defined by quantity only?(how many people heard or know the character), or is it also about how the character move crowds on it's presence?(in other words, how many people know the character versus how many people actually care about said character).

Either way im going with Scorpion.
 

Lunar15

Member
Oct 25, 2017
4,648
It's absolutely Sub-Zero or Scorpion in the US. Honestly, they might even be more well known than Ryu here.

I'd have to say Chun Li world-wide.
 

FaceHugger

Member
Oct 27, 2017
8,327
This is a tough one but I'm going with Scorpion for the "get over here!" line which, like, everyone immediately knows and has been reused in other media ad nauseum.
 

JusDoIt

Member
Oct 25, 2017
8,378
South Central Los Angeles
Scorpion imo. Street Fighter's sales as a franchise are like 43 million units per capcom's official site. MKX sold 11 Million Units alone. By some metrics Mortal Kombat has been bigger than Street Fighter for a while now, so I'd put their main guy ahead of Chun-Li or Ken. I guess I just think Mortal Kombat is more mainstream nowadays. If you had asked me 10-15 years ago my answer would probably be different though.
The last MK game sold 11 million units? The last SF game sold 9 million.

SF reps have also been in the last two Smash games, which have sold like 25 million combined. MK11's sales dwarf SFV's, but it's kinda hard to argue MK characters are more visible.
 

Augemitbutter

Member
Oct 25, 2017
1,477
you have to pick another SF character if we're talking worldwide. Chun, Ken or even Guile for example. MK doesn't cover the whole world, not even close. You can pick Tekken and you'd do better over MK any day. I wish there was SNK in there but they dropped the ball WW multiple times.

The people saying Mario in this thread need a separate forum where they can talk about how their favorite action movie character is Lego Batman and their favorite pizza topping is anime. Cretins.
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