- "Don't you ever come back here! (おととい来やがれ! Ototoi kiya gare!?)"
- —Allen (Street Fighter EX)
- "I am the king of the ring!"
- —Allen (Fighting EX Layer)
Allen Snider (アレン・スナイダー Aren Sunaidā?) is a video game character from the Street Fighter series, first appearing in Street Fighter EX as a secret character. He is an American freestyle karate fighter dedicated to his high intensive training.
Allen is a tall and muscular young man with orange hair, huge sideburns and blue eyes. He wears a dark purple karate gi with a red strings tied, red undershirt and handwraps on both of his hands.
In his Shadaloo C.R.I. profile artwork, his karate gi is blue and he wears a red short sleeve fitted shirt.
In Fighting EX Layer, Allen's karate uniform has been recolored to look patriotic. His upper body karate gi is white, the word Justice is written on the front right side with strings tied on both of the shoulders and he wears a navy short sleeve fitted shirt. The word 'U.S.A' is written on the back. He wears gloves on both of his hands instead of white handwraps. On the other hand, the karate trouser has two different colours for both legs, red and blue.
Allen Snider likes to enjoy a victory in a fight. He seriously intends to travel around the world, learning everything and getting stronger. One of his hobbies is training.
Allen's design is based on a young Chuck Norris, just like the looks he had when he co-starred in the film Way of the Dragon (猛龍過江?) along with its own director and producer, the legendary Bruce Lee. Allen also borrows some gestures and mannerisms from Bruce Lee himself.
Allen was once modeled after singer Elvis Presley, and was even referred to as Elvis (エルビス) in concept art, where he had blond hair and was shirtless. In real life, Elvis was also known to have a great interest in the martial arts, and was a prominent practitioner of several styles, including Tae Kwon Do, Kempo Karate, and Shotokan Karate.
During the development of the original Street Fighter EX game, he was named Cashew Snider and had blond hair and a red gi.
Street Fighter EX seriesEdit
A martial artist once reputed to be the greatest living Karate master in the United States. Allen was the favored contender in the All American Martial Arts Tournament, but lost on his first match against a then-unknown Ken Masters, who told Allen that he was still "a frog in the well" (a proverb similar to the saying "a big fish in a small pond").
Misinterpreting and motivated by Ken's words, Allen though he said he had incredible springing legs like a frog. Allen renewed his training and developed new techniques based on Ken's such as the Soul Force and the Rising Dragon to "leap out of the well" and began traveling the world to prove that he is not only the "biggest toad in the well", but also the "biggest in the world".
The Strongest Karate Master in America has began a trip around the world. Will he be able to prove that he's not a frog in a well? Will this be the beginning of a new legend? Allen Snider. His true battle has just begun.
"Don't you ever come back here!"
The strongest man in the American Karate circuit took a trip around the world. How long will it take for him to find his true strength? Perhaps the veterans around the world will learn something from him. Is he nothing but a big fish in a small pond? Or is this the beginning of a new legacy? Allen Snider, his true battle has just begun."
Allen appears as one of the playable fighters in Fighting EX Layer.
In contrast to his story in the Street Fighter EX series where he is misinterpret and motivated by Ken, Allen shows his love of Japanese culture and both Karate and Martial Arts but there's something off about him.
He had previously encountered Garuda but the latter's energy did not react into him. After hearing rumors about Garuda, Allen became worked up and he became seriously determined and says. "I'll be the one to exterminate him!!"
In the Street Fighter EX2 Plus manhua comic, Allen appears in the middle of the volume. He was cursed and controlled by the wicked evil mask that was worn after Garuda and face his battle on Ryu, Ken, and Chun-Li. However, Allen was saved by Kairi and the cursed mask fell into the deep sea.
Allen's moves are similar to the ones used by the Ansatsuken practitioners, like Ryu and Ken. His Soul Force and Rising Dragon are his counterparts to the Hadoken and Shoryuken, respectively. Though he doesn't use a Tatsumaki-esque move, he has the Justice Fist, a move where he advances forward and delivers a powerful punch, and the Vaulting Kick, a command grab.
In Fighting EX Layer, Allen retains all of his moves from Street Fighter EX. He is a very agile fighter when he utilizes both punches and kicks. His Soul Force now resembles the Shakunetsu Hadoken. He has the most throws aside from his special attacks which involves both punches and kicks. His Fire Force now resembles Sakura's Nekketsu Hadoken Meteor Combo as his Triple Break Super Combo deals critical damage.
In Fighting Layer, he also gained the Galaxy, a combination of attacks that has to be continued with different inputs once initiated, with each input costing an additional power bar.
- Before Ryu's 3D model was developed for the EX series, Allen was the first character model created for the game with a moveset similar to Ryu's.
- In a way, he can be seen as the parallel to Ken as Dan is to Ryu; both use techniques copying the Hadoken and Shoryuken, wear an undershirt inside their gis, sport unorthodox gi colors (purple for Allen, pink for Dan) and they're both voiced by Osamu Hosoi. However, Dan is a parody of Ryo Sakazaki and Robert Garcia from SNK's Art of Fighting series.
- In the EX series, Allen's voice has a higher pitch when he performs his moves but on Fighting EX Layer he has an unusual accent resembling Chuck Norris' voice.
- In Gamest Video Vol.34 : Street Fighter EX it show that he shares C.Jack's stage as a background.
- In SFEX Allen shares Ken's stage as a background, later it was changed in SFEX+ as he shares Guile's stage.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Street Fighter V Character Encyclopedia: Allen Snider
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 https://twitter.com/bowya_MB/status/782460162632093696
- ↑ http://forums.shoryuken.com/discussion/comment/11006147#Comment_11006147
- ↑ STREET FIGHTER EX: Early Development Version
- ↑ All About Street Fighter EX
|Street Fighter EX Characters|
|EX||Original|| Akuma · Allen · Blair · Chun-Li · C. Jack · Darun · D. Dark · Guile|
Hokuto · Kairi · Ken · Pullum · Ryu · Skullomania · Zangief
|Plus||Bloody Hokuto · Cycloid-β · Cycloid-γ · Evil Ryu · Garuda · M. Bison|
|Plus α||Dhalsim · Sakura|
|EX2||Original||Blanka · Hayate · Nanase · Shadowgeist · Sharon · Vega|
|Plus||Area · Sagat · V. Rosso|
|EX3||Ace · Bison II|
|CPU Only||Shin-Bison · Cycloids · Zako|
|Fighting Layer Characters|
|Fighting Layer||Allen · Blair|
|Fighting EX Layer||Original||Darun · D. Dark · Garuda · Hayate · Jack · Kairi|
Sanane · Shadowgeist · Shirase · Skullomania
|Downloadable||Area · Hokuto · Pullum · Sharon · V. Rosso|