A popular and memorable Street Fighter character, Balrog has been referenced many times in pop culture ever since his introduction in Street Fighter II. This is a page listing his references in general pop culture.
- In Final Fight: Streetwise, if the player goes in Mike Haggar's gym and looks closely at the posters on the wall, it says "Dudley vs. Balrog".
- In the game God Hand, a common enemy called Zebra has an attack that is identical to Balrog's Gigaton Blow.
Other video games
- T.J. Combo from Killer Instinct has a similar moveset, physical appearance and fighting style to Balrog, but he throws knees and kicks while Balrog does not.
- One of the attacks used by the third boss in Mother Russia Bleeds, the Dealer's Leader has a similar animation to that of Balrog's Dash Straight.
- Balrog appears as a spirit battle in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, represented by Little Mac and the fight set on Fourside.
Comics and Manga
- The manga Osu!! Karate Bu features a protagonist with a similar hairstyle. Since the series started before Street Fighter II was released, it might be possible Balrog's hair was based on Takagi Yoshiyuki's.
Television and Animations
- Balrog resembles James "Clubber" Lang from the Rocky film series. Both sport blue and white trunks and unorthodox hairstyles for boxers. They also share a belligerent attitude and similar aggressive boxing style, though Balrog incorporates more cheating and Lang uses cleaner tactics.
- The fact that Balrog only uses punches is referenced in College Humor's parody work, Street Fighter: The Later Years. When Dhalsim asks; "Do you kick?", Balrog responds; "What's a kick?".
- Balrog appears in Death Battle's 81st episode, fighting the aforementioned TJ Combo from Killer Instinct. They engage in a brutal boxing match, where TJ Combo eventually wears out and decapitates Balrog with an uppercut.