- "Don't waste my time, I can learn nothing from you!"
Alex (アレックス Arekkusu?) is a video game character from the Street Fighter series, first appearing in Street Fighter III: New Generation, serving as the main protagonist of the Street Fighter III sub-series. He is an American from New York who enters the World Warrior tournament after its sponsor, Gill, seriously injures his best friend and father figure, Tom.
Alex is a very tall individual with a heavily built upper body and broad shoulders, but a comparatively slim waist and lower body that reflects his higher agility compared to other grapplers. In terms of facial features, he is often depicted having a tall face and strong nose. He has long blond hair that he keeps in a ponytail near the back, with long bangs in front that are kept out of his eyes by a red bandanna, one that is wide and short as opposed to being thin and long like Ryu's. His other attire consists of light green overalls with the straps hanging down, open-fingered gloves of the same color and brown lace-up combat boots. He also wears red body paint forming streaks that go down both of his shoulders, along with jagged streaks under his eyes. Some official artwork also depicts him wearing his default attire along with a bomber jacket (sometimes with a white button-up beneath it) or a sleeveless black t-shirt. His classic appearance is recreated with his "Nostalgia" costume in Street Fighter V.
In his Capcom Fighting Evolution ending, Alex wears camo green MMA shorts, along with what appears to be slate-colored open-fingered gloves. In a piece of art depicting Alex's victory over Balrog in the Vale Tudo Eternal Fighting tournament, shown in an arcade flier for SFIII New Generation, he wears the same attire later used in his CFE ending, except his trunks have a red stripe along each side.
In Street Fighter V, he wears red suspenders with black lining, a red and white plaid flannel shirt tied on his waist, tattered green jeans and black combat boots. His hair is cut short and slicked back with short fringes on each side which are hanging loose under his bandanna. His fingerless gloves are blue and black. In his "City of Chaos" stage background cameo, he is wearing his flannel, but with the sleeves rolled up.
In his character story, he gains a scar on his cheek during his fight with a reimagined Ryu, implying that he put the red marks on his eyes to match the scar.
He has several alternate costumes in the game, his first outfit is a white short sleeve v-neck shirt with a golden anvil emblazoned at the center that reaches his lower abs, green trousers with white linings in each sides, a matching green tie in the center and black boxers underneath. He is barehanded, walks barefoot and his hair is messy. Another is a white sleeveless shirt with a red X sign of "Extraordinary", green MMA shorts with his name imprinted on the buckle and a black thigh support within his shorts. His hair is longer and he wears a red cap and matching green MMA gloves with his imprinted name.
His premium work costume, which is that of a firefighter, consists of a pair of orange trousers with yellow outlines and designs and black short boots. He is shirtless and accessorized with a red fire hose as a side belt, a brown holster on his left side and a red axe holstered at the back. He also wears a red firefighting hat with black designs and black gloves with yellow linings.
During the early development of Street Fighter III: New Generation, the team wanted a main character who would appeal to the American audience since martial arts is more popular in America than in Japan. While Ryu was popular as the Japanese karate fighter, in Tomoshi Sadamoto's perspective, pro wrestling was what he thought of when it came to American fighting. Akiman was tasked on designing Alex, early concept art depicts Alex as a police officer who used to be a pro wrestler. The red body paint was inspired by the main character of the manga series Devilman; Akira Fudo. In an interview for Gamest, Akiman jokingly calls Alex a "devilman".
Many of Alex's character traits allude to the famous professional wrestler Hulk Hogan. His fighting style can be considered as an amalgamation of Hogan's repertories during his career in both the New Japan Pro-Wrestling circuit and WWF back in the 80's; in Japan, Hogan used more traditional wrestling maneuvers in the ring, while in the U.S., Hogan was well known for his brute force and raw power brawling. His intro actions before a fight reference quite a few of Hogan's own introductions; both are known to rip off their shirts before engaging in the match. His most notable opening is with Hugo, as this opening references the staredown between Hulk Hogan and André the Giant (whom Hugo is based on) before their famous match at WrestleMania III. His Street Fighter V concept art bears a little resemblance to Hogan back when the latter had briefly returned and competed for the WWE from within the early 00's and later being inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame.
A secondary inspiration likely comes from Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose; his trademark forehead bandana headband and long hair depicted is most similar to Axl's youthful appearance around the early 1990's, and share a mercurial, almost short tempered but well meant disposition, as Axl was at times notorious for being extremely headstrong and combative. On a lesser note regarding Street Fighter III's urban and hip hop styled themes, Axl was also a fan of gangsta rap groups that started around the same time as Gn'R, specifically that of N.W.A. and Public Enemy.
Alex also bears a resemblance to Biff Slamkovich (whose name in Japan is Aleksey Zalazof), the main protagonist of Capcom's Slam Masters series of wrestling games (with the latter series itself being set in the same universe as Street Fighter).
Often crass and abrasive, Alex's boldness tends to land him in deep trouble; he is also prone to violent outbursts of extreme aggression, especially if the people he loves are threatened. He is also very straightforward and refuses to mince words, especially when it comes to his confidence in his abilities. At times, this desire to prove himself can overwhelm his common sense, leading to very dangerous situations that test the very limits of his fighting capabilities.
Despite this, Alex does have a softer side that he only shows to people he cares about (such as Tom and his daughter Patricia) and/or hold in high regard (like Ryu).
After defeating Gill during the events of Street Fighter III and 2nd impact, Alex became slightly more humble and toned down his hard tongued insults in favor of actually evaluating his opponent and offering them advice when possible, excluding characters like Urien, Gill and sometimes Yun and Yang due to being evil, overly cocky or both in Urien's case.
Alex holds a grudge against Gill for hurting his friend Tom. In his backstory entry he was shocked to see Tom, who he considered to be the strongest man, lose so badly to Gill. Although he held a grudge and wanted revenge, he also wanted to confirm Gill's strength for himself.
Alex considers Ryu as his ultimate rival. They engage in a fight with a currently unknown outcome.
In the main series, it is not known if Alex knows Urien's connection to Gill and the Secret Society, likewise it is not known if Urien knows Alex is targeting his older brother: it should be noted that in the non-canon Street Fighter Unlimited Urien asks Alex for help beating Gill, even giving him the tools he needs and knocking out Kolin at the right time.
Alex is an American fighter from the Manhattan district of New York, who hasn't been with his parents since they died when he was a young boy; his current family consists of his father's friend, Tom and his teenage daughter, Patricia, who live under the same roof with him. Alex trains daily at Tom's gym, having learned everything he knows about fighting from Tom himself. Tom, being a military veteran and a renowned refiner of fighting moves, often visits military bases as well as maintaining his own gym.
In Street Fighter V, Alex was first seen in the background of the City of Chaos stage and on October 2015, a datamining of Street Fighter V's PC beta test revealed fighter data and character meshes of Alex, Juri, Dhalsim, Ibuki, Urien, Guile and Balrog. On December 5th, 2015, Alex and the rest of the characters (except for Dhalsim who was confirmed earlier as a default fighter) were confirmed as DLC fighters at the PlayStation Experience. Alex was officially revealed on March 10th and became available on March 30, 2016.
Prologue - 'Untamable New Blood'
In his character story, Alex is fixing his trailer car when Patricia arrives to inform him about an invitation mail, she also gives him a basket full of sandwiches before leaving. Afterwards, Alex falls asleep, unaware that two Shadaloo foot soldiers are approaching him.
Alex wakes up in unfamiliar surroundings and is watched by F.A.N.G who calls him Shadaloo test body number 222222 (due to F.A.N.G's obsession with the number 2) and begins an AS simulation experiment on him. Alex is confronted by reimagined fighters; the first three are Dan, E. Honda, and Hakan. After beating them, he decides to go back to his trailer but F.A.N.G reveals to Alex that he was kidnapped by Shadaloo to become one of their experiments and he forces him to fight Birdie, after defeating the thug, Alex tries to find the exit and escape but fails, Chun-Li approaches him soon after. After her defeat, F.A.N.G notices Alex's resilience to escape and warns him if he escapes he will die.
The final opponent Ryu (in his Alpha appearance) appears and he manages to inflict a scar on Alex's upper cheek during the fight before Alex beats him causing F.A.N.G to panic, a furious Alex starts to destroy the lab while warning the Shadaloo member to bring another of his "toys". F.A.N.G orders some of his men to get Alex out before the former unleashes the poison cloud in the surroundings. Alex soon wakes up thinking the whole event was a dream.
Patricia informs him about Tom's invitation and his mail. She notices a scratch on his face, Alex looks in the mirror and sees the scars on his cheek that wasn't there before he slept, which causes Alex to reconsider if the events from before really were a dream.
Other character story appearances
- In Abigail's character story, Alex is the only fighter who recognizes Abigail's car sounds similar to a diesel engine and which car Abigail is missing, but both of them eventually fought. This was likely due to Abigail just needing to vent since he was still upset as his win quote against Alex gives the assumption that Abigail views Alex as a nice guy, hence willing to help him fix his car.
In the main story, Alex is shown handling a trophy and he had an exhibition wrestling match with Zangief who is alongside with R. Mika as Alex smiles knowing that his tag partner is none other than Laura who quickly gets the announcer's megaphone as she announces to the audience that their tag team match will turn into an epic showdown. When Zangief, R. Mika, and Laura tries to cheer the audience, Alex watches them in a shrug until their fight is soon postponed due to the black out made by one of its seven Moons created by Bison.
Alex returns back to his trailer car to fix it. Afterwards, he was horribly surprised to see Dhalsim who teleports in front of him when he is about to close the front car door. Alex angrily mistakes Dhalsim as a mugger as the two fight. Dhalsim corrects that he is not a mugger and he just came here to get the chess piece as Alex looked at the chess piece which has given to him by Patricia. Alex gives Dhalsim the chess piece stating that he is not interested as Dhalsim informs him about his future before the Yoga Master teleports away.
Street Fighter III series
New Generation and 2nd Impact
Prior to the events of Street Fighter III: New Generation, Alex participated in an event called the Vale Tudo Eternal Fighting (B.E.F.). Alex was the tournament's winner. He faces Balrog in the finals. In the first round, Balrog completely dominated the fight. 1 minute 20 seconds into the second round, Balrog landed 23 solid heavy punches into Alex. But Alex countered with his own combo and K.O's Balrog.
Alex entered the World Warrior tournament because its sponsor, Gill, had seriously injured Tom; even though he had told Alex that Gill had won fairly, Tom allowed Alex to go, letting him make his own decisions. Alex won every match and then faced Gill. Although he defeated Gill, Alex did not have a chance to kill him, and he went home to find Tom fully recovered. Meanwhile, Gill seems to notice something special about Alex that concerns and later intrigues him.
With thoughts of revenge no longer clouding his mind, Alex encountered Ryu, and offered a match with him. Ryu won, with Alex being unable to counter any of his blows. Ryu encouraged Alex to hone his skills and seek out worthy opponents. Alex then became obsessed with fighting Ryu again. He eventually got his chance, but the outcome is currently unknown.
Alex appears as a playable character in Capcom Fighting Evolution.
Alex also appears playable in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Cross Generation of Heroes/Ultimate All-Stars.
Alex appears in the second final volume of the Ryu Final manga. He is first seen crumpled in the alley after suffering defeat from a battle with a strong fighter, who he would later learn was Ryu. While not proud of his defeat, Alex is left with a calmness that he's never felt before. He later faces Ken in a martial arts tournament, who confirms the identity of Alex's earlier opponent as Ryu and asks if Alex wants to see him again. Alex loses to Ken and afterward, Mel gives Alex Ryu's red headband. Ken tells Alex where to find Ryu and he ends up at the ruins of Shujyaku Temple.
Alex ties Ryu's headband to a wooden post, sensing Ryu's presence behind him. Alex asks Ryu if he has the same fighting spirit as him, something that can only be conveyed through their fists and a smiling Ryu tells Alex to "find out for [himself]".
Alex appears as a major character in UDON's Street Fighter comics, specifically the Super Street Fighter and Street Fighter Unlimited series.
Alex starts the series trying to find the whereabouts of his kidnapped mentor Tom.
It is eventually revealed that Alex is descended from a renegade sect of the Secret Society, and that his genes mark him as a potential future messiah for the organization (the others being Gill and Urien).
Alex forms an uneasy alliance with Urien in order to stop Gill's plans of cleansing the world's population, and uses the BLECE device to drain Gill's ki, destroying him. Unfortunately, Gill's spirit remains and possesses Alex, causing the rest of the Street Fighter cast to team up in order to take him down. In the end, Ryu was able to exorcise Gill's soul from Alex's body, and Alex destroys the device before it can harm anyone else.
SNK vs. Capcom games
Alex made a humorous cameo appearance alongside K' in one of the black and white error screens in SNK vs. Capcom: Match of the Millennium. Alex complained about being left out of the game despite being a main character, and K' attempted to reassure him they'd be included in the sequel, though both young men seemed unconvinced.
Alex made a cameo appearance in Capcom vs. SNK 2 where he can be seen in the Nairobi stage.
One of the stages in Street Fighter X Tekken has a picture of Alex on a billboard (with the text; "I Will Be Back") to the far right of the background. In said crossover game, Tekken character King's swap costume is based on Alex.
Alex fights using wrestling and kickboxing; he makes good use of a good amount of professional wrestling maneuvers and throws, and also uses a powerhouse variation of street brawling and kickboxing. Many of his techniques revolving around maneuvering and positioning about the arena, all the while using his bulk, strength and speed to his advantage.
In-game, Alex is considered an all-around type of character. He possesses both charge moves and rotational moves, with rushing attacks, aerial attacks and grapples. His size also allows him a good reach with his heavy punches and kicks. His speed is also surprising, given his size. However, his setups are difficult and rarely used.
Alex makes use of a Power Bomb similar in appearance and in execution to Zangief's Flying Power Bomb. He also uses a Spiral DDT, leaping at the opponent and grabbing hold of them, spinning around them and slamming them headfirst into the ground, reminiscent of the later-introduced El Fuerte's lucha libre style. His Air Stampede consists of a leap into the air, landing feet-first on his opponent's head in a manner similar to M. Bison's trademark Head Stomp, with the same input (but with shorter range). His Air Knee Smash has him lumping diagonally forward knee-first, and is his anti-air move. Finally, he possesses the Flash Chop, in which he performs a short-range horizontal hand chop in a stationary position like real-life WWE wrestler Ric Flair's "Flair Chop", and a Slash Elbow, which is visually similar but has him rush forward before delivering the horizontal slash with the elbow instead of the side of the palm.
In Street Fighter V, Alex plays extremely similar to his Street Fighter III counterpart by retaining all of his special moves with some very minor changes and new additions; his Hyper Bomb Super Art becomes a EX special, he has another EX special called the Power Drop where he lands two Back Drop Suplexes on his opponent. He gains a new special move called Head Crush which is a combination of his Headbutt normal command and Stun Gun Headbutt Super Art from Street Fighter III in which he jumps towards the opponent using a single headbutt if he grabs them successfully. His V-Skill is Overhaul where he stretches one of his arms then executing a hard hitting attack to damage his opponent if they are counter attacked, fans will notice that it's just like his taunt in "Street Fighter III". His V-Trigger is the Rage Shift where Alex empowers his wrestling fighting style and gain access to a powerful clothesline attack called the Sledge Hammer. His V-Reversal is the Big Boot, he hits the opponent with a powerful foward kick. Like Ryu, Alex also gains a parry when his V-Trigger is activated as he can block either basic attacks or projectiles.
His Critical Art is the Heavy Hammer where he knocks his opponent with a powerful Flash Chop followed by a Power Bomb then he grabs them and takes them to the highest height in a crucifix hold and viciously drops their heads down to the ground in a quick pace. When he misses a single Flash Chop while executing this move or to easily finish his opponent while in critical, he will swiftly knock the opponent down with double Flash Chops.
In the Street Fighter III games, in keeping with his wrestling style, Alex's Hyper Bomb sees him preforming a waist-lock before backward rolling into two successive German suplexes, followed by a Power Bomb. If used after a Flash Chop (due to said move's unique property of turning the opponent around), it becomes the Backdrop Bomb, a series of Backdrop Suplexes which does slightly more damage. His Boomerang Raid involves punching his opponent, then Flash Chopping, punching, Flash Chopping and finally suplexing them. His third Super Art, the Stun Gun Headbutt, sees him jump a small distance towards his opponent and headbutting them four times, always leaving the opponent stunned afterwards.
According to Hideki Okugawa, Jazzy NYC was made to create the image of New York. In order to emphasize the groove feeling he sampled “WOO YEAH” from Lyn Collins' Think (About It) (1972). This is the first track Hideki Okugawa composed for the Street Fighter III series. The last time this sample can be heard is in Jazzy NYC [latin mix], however the sax and vibraphone stayed throughout the one's Hideki composed.
|Jazzy-NYC (underground edit)||Street Fighter III: New Generation||Hideki Okugawa|
|Jazzy-NYC [latin mix]||STREET FIGHTER III NEW GENERATION ORIGINAL ARRANGE ALBUM||Achilles Damigos|
|Jazzy Nyc (Ny House Mix)||Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact||Hideki Okugawa|
|JAZZY NYC '99||Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike||Hideki Okugawa|
|JAZZY NYC '99 -Subway Station-||Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition||Hideki Okugawa|
|Theme of Alex||Street Fighter V||Keiki Kobayashi|
|The Sleeping Lion||A Shadow Falls||Hideyuki Fukasawa|
|Tatsunoko vs. Capcom|
|Alex Theme||Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Cross Generation of Heroes||Misao Senbongi|
- Alex is the reigning Street Fighter champion in the main series' current timeline.
- In the SFIII Q&A from Gamest's SFIII Fanbook, Alex's favorite move is stated to be the back drop.
- In the US translation of the Street Fighter III New Generation and Second Impact instruction manual, Alex is depicted as a former enlisted US Army soldier who lives with Tom after having moved out from his family's home at a young age.
- Alex is the only playable American character in the Street Fighter III series to speak English in-game.
- Ken is American but speaks Japanese in-game (and prior to 3rd Strike, codeswitches, speaking some English and Japanese).
- Both Ken and Alex are also the only American playable characters in the Street Fighter III series.
- Alex's car in Street Fighter V is based on Daihatsu Feroza's 1994 model.
- Alex is 17 years old in Street Fighter V.
- Alex's language is toned down in English compared to the original Japanese lines, saying "Jesus..." when he gets KO'd by chip damage and "Shit!" when Head Crush whiffs.
- Alex's moves in Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike
- Alex's moves in Street Fighter V
- Alex's moves in Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition
- Street Fighter V Character Encyclopedia: Alex
- Street Fighter: World Warrior Encyclopedia Hardcover
- Street Fighter V Stat Card
- Gamest Mook Vol. 81: Street Fighter III Fan Book(Capcom Q&A article)
- “He has been sitting in the seat of the hero for many years, but the time has come to transfer it over to the new character Alex. Although he has not changed and continues travelling day to day with the aim of becoming a true warrior. Since Ken is now the father of a child their relationship has deteriorated, after a long time from being home in Japan he is summoned to a hot spring inn, where “There is a guy I want to meet”. Returning with his red headband straight out of the “SF2” era , now in his 30’s with a more mature look.” (長年すわっていた主人公の座を、ついに新キャラクターのアレックスにゆずり渡した。相も変わらず真の格闘家を目指して旅する日々を送っていたところ、ー児の父となって付き合いが悪くなったケンから「会わせたいヤツがいる」と呼び出され、久しぶりに故郷日本の温泉宿へと向かう。『ストⅡ』時代の赤いハチマキが復活30代に突入し、外見がややオヤジくさくなったうだ。) from All About Capcom 1987-2000.
- Street Fighter protagonists from Takayuki Nakayama's twitter
- Street Fighter V Guests interviews: SFIII character designs
- Gamest Mook Vol. 81: Street Fighter III Fan Book
- "It's a really cool character, AKIMAN." "It's a devil man." 「すごいかっこいいキャラですね, AKIMANん」「デビルマンですよ」「それならいいにまってるじないですか」
- As far as he knew, Tom is the strongest man and his goal as a fighter. Tom was knocked down in front of him by a blonde man without a great counterattack. He wonders what the heck that was. There's no way Tom would lose so easily, there has to be something. Or was there really such a difference in strength...? He decides to chase the blonde guy. In any case, if he fights that man, he’ll understand everything. Let's go to the world, let's go out. Seeking the strongest proof. (トムは俺の知るかぎり最強の男であり、格闘家としての目標だ。そのトムが目の前で金髪の男に大した反撃も出来ぬままに倒されたのだ。一体どういう事なのだろう。トムがあれほどた易く負けるワケがない、何かがあるはすだ。それとも本当に、強さにそれほどの差があったのだろうか・・・。金髪の男を追いかけよう。どちらにしてもその男と戦いさえすれば全ては解るのだ。行こう世界へ、外へと出よう。最強の証明を求めて。) from "Fighting Story" section in STREET FIGHTER III NEW GENERATION ORIGINAL ARRANGE ALBUM
- Street Fighter: World Warrior Encyclopedia(Bio)
- Street Fighter III: New Generation Secret File
- The appearance of a different grappler, "How many shots? Twenty-three shots!..."(異のグラップラーの出現である「何発くらつたつて? えつ23発う!・・・」I no gurappurā no shutsugendearu `nan-patsu kuratsuta tsute? Etsu 23-patsu u!')
- A Closer Look at Street Fighter X Tekken's Alternate Costumes
- This is the first song I made when I was in charge of Street Fighter III. (僕がストリートファイターIII(以下ストIII)の担当になって、一番始めに作った曲です。) from "Composer's Voice" section in STREET FIGHTER III NEW GENERATION ORIGINAL ARRANGE ALBUM
- Street Fighter III: New Generation Secret File page 9
- How to Make CAPCOM Fighting Characters page 117.
- "Let's calm down at the age of 17"(「17歳であの落ち着きよう」`17-Sai de ano ochitsuki-yō')
|Street Fighter III Characters|
|New Generation||Alex · Dudley · Elena · Ibuki · Ken · Necro · Oro · Ryu · Sean · Yang · Yun|
|2nd Impact||Akuma · Gill · Hugo · Shin Akuma · Urien|
|3rd Strike||Chun-Li · Makoto · Q · Remy · Twelve|
|Capcom Fighting All-Stars Characters|
|Returning||Akira · Akuma · Alex · Batsu · Charlie · Chun-Li · Haggar · Poison · Ryu|
|Original||D.D. · Death · Ingrid · Rook|
|Capcom Fighting Evolution Characters|
|Street Fighter II||Guile · M. Bison · Ryu · Zangief|
|Street Fighter Alpha||Guy · Karin · Rose · Sakura|
|Street Fighter III||Alex · Chun-Li · Urien · Yun|
|Bosses||Ingrid · Shin Akuma|
|Tatsunoko vs. Capcom Characters|
|Alex · Batsu · Chun-Li · Ryu|
|Street Fighter V Characters|
|Original||Birdie · Cammy · Chun-Li · Dhalsim · F.A.N.G · Karin · Ken · Laura|
M. Bison · Nash · Necalli · R. Mika · Rashid · Ryu · Vega · Zangief
|Season 1||Alex · Balrog · Guile · Ibuki · Juri · Urien|
|Season 2||Abigail · Akuma · Ed · Kolin · Menat · Zeku|
|Season 3||Blanka · Cody · Falke · G · Sagat · Sakura|
|Season 4||E. Honda · Gill · Kage · Lucia · Poison · Seth|
|Season 5||Akira · Dan · Eleven · Luke · Oro · Rose|
|CPU Only||AS · Aprile · Decapre · Enero · Février · Juli · März · Peter|
Phantom Bison · Santamu · Satsuki · Shadow · Shadow Lady · Two P