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"Don't you ever come back here! (おととい来やがれ! Ototoi kiya gare!?)"
—Allen (Street Fighter EX series)

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.[3] 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.[4]


Street Fighter EX series[]


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 thought 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".[1][5]


Street Fighter EX[]

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.

Street Fighter EX Plus α[]

"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."

Other appearances[]

Fighting Layer[]

Allen, along with Blair, appeared in the Arika-developed Fighting Layer, non-Capcom fighting game distributed in arcades by Namco, where he seeks to defeat the strongest opponent on South Island.

Fighting EX Layer[]


Allen Snider in Fighting EX Layer

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.

Super Combos[]

His Super Combos are the Fire Force (a stronger and fire-based version of the Soul Force) and the Triple Break (a series of kicks that launch the opponent up in the air).

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.



Allen Snider/Quotes


Allen Snider/Gallery

Stage Theme[]

Title Game Artist Track
Street Fighter EX
Strange sunset Street Fighter EX Ayako Saso
Strange sunset Street Fighter EX -Arrange Sound Trax- Ayako Saso
Strange sunset Street Fighter EX Plus α Ayako Saso
Fighting Layer
Allen Snider Fighting Layer Takayuki Aihara


  • 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 the original version, Allen shares Ken's stage as a background as a hidden character at the time, later on, in the next update both EX plus and EX plus α came around, it has changed now as he shares Guile's stage.

See also[]


Street Fighter series Playable Characters
Main Series
SF Logo Ken · Ryu
Street-fighter-ii-logo The World Warrior Blanka · Chun-Li · Dhalsim · E. Honda · Guile · Zangief
Champion Edition Balrog · M. Bison · Sagat · Vega
Super Cammy · Dee Jay · Fei Long · T. Hawk
Super Turbo Akuma
Ultra Violent Ken
SFAlogo Alpha Adon · Birdie · Charlie Nash · Dan · Guy · Rose · Sodom
Alpha 2 Evil Ryu · Gen · Rolento · Sakura · Shin Akuma
Alpha 3 Cody · Juli · Juni · Karin · R. Mika
Alpha 3 Upper Eagle · Maki
Alpha 3 MAX Ingrid
Street fighter iii logo New Generation Alex · Dudley · Elena · Ibuki
Necro · Oro · Sean · Yang · Yun
2nd Impact Gill · Hugo · Urien
3rd Strike Makoto · Q · Remy · Twelve
Street fighter iv logo IV Abel · C. Viper · El Fuerte · Gouken · Rufus · Seth
Super Hakan · Juri
Arcade Edition Oni
Ultra Decapre · Poison
SFV-Logo-R-3 V F.A.N.G · Laura · Necalli · Rashid
Season 2 Abigail · Ed · Kolin · Menat · Zeku
Season 3 Falke · G
Season 4 Kage · Lucia
Season 5 Akira · Eleven · Luke
Street fighter 6 logo 6 Jamie · JP · Kimberly · Lily · Manon · Marisa
Year 1 A.K.I.
Year 2 Mai (Guest) · Terry (Guest)
Street Fighter The Movie Logo Arkane · Blade · F7 · Khyber · Sawada
Street-fighter-ii--the-animated-movie Cyborg
Sfexlogo EX Allen · Blair · C. Jack · Darun · D. Dark
Hokuto · Kairi · Pullum · Skullomania
EX Plus Bloody Hokuto · Cycloid-β · Cycloid-γ · Garuda
EX2 Hayate · Nanase · Shadowgeist · Sharon
EX2 Plus Area · V. Rosso
EX3 Ace · Bison II
Marvel vs. Capcom Logo MSHvSF Cyber-Akuma · Dark Sakura · Mech-Zangief · Shadow
MvC Shadow Lady
SFO Shin
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 · Terry (Guest) · V. Rosso