Zangief is a wrestling character from Soviet Russia who was popularized by the Street Fighter franchise.
Zangief is a wrestling character popularized by the Street Fighter franchise. He first appeared in Street Fighter II and has made subsequent appearances in other games in the franchise. Zangief hails from Mother Russia (Except in SF2: The World Warriors, where it was the Soviet Union) and his fighting style is wrestling/grappling.
Zangief's name is possibly based on real-life pro wrestler Victor Zangiev, a former Soviet amateur who trained as a professional in NJPW, and who also competed in WCW and UWF International. Zangief's prototypical name was Vodka Gobalsky. Zangief's biography apparently plays upon the association between Stalinist regimes and state-funded athletics programs utilising body-building drugs following the domination of the 1954 World Weightlifting Championships by the Soviet Union.