M.Bison

M.Bison is a anime/manga character in the Street Fighter franchise
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The leader of the Shadaloo organization who wants to control the world governments. Bison wields the Psycho Power, an evil energy which manifests as blue or purple flames and electricity.

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M.Bison first appeared in the Street Fighter II videogame in 1991, where he was the final boss character and could not be selected as a playable character. A year later, Capcom released an updated version of Street Fighter II called "Champions Edition", which allowed players to use the boss characters, including Bison.

Originally called "Vega" in Japan, he was one of 3 characters to have their names swapped around for Street Fighter 2's Western release. This was presumably done due to the similarity between the boxer character M.Bison & real world boxer M.Bison. Hence, the Spanish ninja became "Vega", the boxer "Balrog" and the red-suited villain "M.Bison". Bison still retains his Japanese name "Vega" in all Japanese media relating to Street Fighter including videogames, anime & manga.

In the games Bison is a deliberately enigmatic character. While his exact origins are unknown, he is known as the leader of the criminal organization Shadaloo/Shadowlaw, has plans for world conquest and possess as supernatural ability he calls "Psycho Power". Bison is a very athletic fighter, with all of his special attacks propelling him across the battlefield swiftly.

M.Bison in Anime

Street Fighter II: the animated movie

Bison appears as the villain of the first animated Street fighter feature. He leads the criminal organization Shadaloo, and seeks to recruit fighters across the world to serve him, either by persuading them to join, or abducting and brainwashing him. In particular, he seeks the martial artist Ryu who caught his eye when he defeated the Muay Thai champion Sagat. While Ryu proves difficult to locate, Bison learns of Ryu's old sparring partner Ken, and successfully kidnaps then brainwashes him. When he later locates Ryu, he pits Ken against him, only to later blast Ken away when he overcomes his brainwashing. Bison then takes on Ryu himself, and attempts to convince him to serve him. Ryu resists, but finds himself outmatched until Ken returns. The two fighters then take Bison on together and physically destroy him with a united attack.

His portrayal in the animated movie influenced how Bison was later portrayed in the games. The anime gave Bison a far larger physique, a distinctive bomber-style aircraft & the ability to teleport, all of which appeared in the Street Fighter Alpha videogames.

Street Fighter II: Victory

Bison initially appears in this Street Fighter anime TV series as a menacing silhouetted figured reported to by the head of a drugs cartel. A while after the heroes Ryu & Ken destroy the cartel, Bison begins to take on a much larger role as the anime's primary antagonist. He abducts Ken, Chun-Li and later Ryu, aiming to ransom Ken to his wealthy father while taking the later 2 to be used as brainwashed soldiers. When Ken frees himself, Bison becomes interested in his abilities as a warrior, and pits Ryu against him. Ken manages to reach Ryu's consciousness, freeing him from the brainwashing, then the two go to confront the villain.

Bison initially tries to persuade Ryu & Ken to join him, saying that he and his organization will be able to take better care of the world than its current masters. When this doesn't convince them, he aims to kill them instead, but he is again overcome and seemingly destroyed by the duo.

M.Bison in Manga

Street Fighter II (Kanzaki)

This manga is set on a fictional, artificially-created island called "Shad". The island became rampant with crime and strife when its investors withdrew, and later came under the thrall of M.Bison, a mysterious figure who rose to prominence when he became the undisputed champion of the "Grand Fight" event held on the island. Bison creates a criminal organization, and manufactures a drug called Doll, which while it usually acts like a normal narcotic, can also allow those who take it to be controlled. What most of its prospective buyers don't realize however, is that only a person with incredible psychic power, like M.Bison himself can control those who have taken Doll.

Looking to stop Bison are representatives of Interpol & the US military, Chun-Li and Guile, as well as the martial artist Ryu, who has come seeking his missing friend Ken, and his master's killer, Bison. Ken has been brainwashed, and joined Bison's organization as one of his champions, and later attacks and ambushes Ryu on Bison's orders, burying him in cement, while Chun-Li & Guile are wounded by Bison's warriors. Around this point however, Ken regains his memories, turns on Bison and crushes the last of his champions, winning the right to duel Bison himself.

Full of anger, Ken challenges Bison ahead of the scheduled match, but is stopped by a returning Ryu. Bison uses his powers to turn Ken against Ryu again, and while Ken manages to stop himself, he injures himself in the process, then pleads with Ryu to defeat Bison for him. After a hard match Ryu succeeds in this, and the authorities move in to dismantle his organization.

This manga is the originator of the brainwashed Ryu & Ken battle trope, as well as of their master Gouken. However, Gouken is killed here, rather than by the character Akamu as he was in the games, as Akuma had not been created yet.

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Name: M.Bison
Name: ベガ
Romanji: Bega
Gender: Male
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1st anime movie: Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie
Aliases Vega
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