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- "I am the strongest woman in the world!"
- —Chun-Li (Street Fighter II)
- "Want to see my Kung-Fu? I'll show you.
(私のクンフー、 見せてあげる！ Watashi no kunfū, misete ageru!?)"
- —Chun-Li (Street Fighter V)
Chun-Li (春麗 or チュンリー Shunrei or Chunrī?, Simplified Chinese: 春丽) is the main female protagonist of the Street Fighter series, originally debuting in Street Fighter II. The first female fighter in the series, she is an expert martial artist and Interpol officer who relentlessly seeks revenge for the death of her father at the hands of M. Bison.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Character Relationships
- 3 Gameplay
- 4 Story
- 5 Crossover appearances
- 5.1 Crossovers
- 5.2 Pocket Fighter
- 5.3 Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
- 5.4 Street Fighter X Tekken
- 5.5 Street Fighter × Mega Man
- 5.6 Blood Brothers 2
- 5.7 Granblue Fantasy
- 5.8 Shadowverse
- 5.9 Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
- 5.10 Power Rangers Legacy Wars
- 5.11 Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
- 6 Live Action Movies and Series
- 7 Animations
- 8 Comics and Manga
- 9 Other appearances
- 10 Pop Culture
- 11 Quotes
- 12 Stage Theme
- 13 Video
- 14 Trivia
- 15 Gallery
- 16 Sprites
- 17 See also
- 18 References
Reportedly, Tong Pooh, an antagonist from Capcom's Strider franchise, served as the inspiration for Chun-Li's design. The Street Fighter III: New Generation Secret File appears to make a nod to this fact, showing a picture of Tong Pooh in a TV while wondering if it'd be the "next Chun-Li".
Chun-Li's name is Mandarin for "spring beauty" (春 chūn, "spring"; 麗 lì, "beautiful"). It is properly romanized as Chunli in pinyin and pronounced "Chuen-lee", despite westerners commonly pronouncing it as "Chuhn-lee". The Japanese on'yomi rendering of the name is Shunrei.
Older official sources from the early 90's indicate Chung was Chun-Li's surname, although it is worth noting this could very well not be the case anymore. In the live-action Street Fighter movie, Chun-Li was given the surname Zang/Xiang, but Capcom has not officially recognized it. Several Japanese drama CDs and novels created based on the series have given her surname as both "Feng" (楓?) and "Wang" (王?), though these are also not officially recognized by Capcom.
Chun-Li's appearance has differed several times in the Street Fighter series, as well as in official art and cameos she has made in other works. She is known for her very muscular thighs.
Chun-Li wears a qipao, a Chinese dress imported over from Manchuria that became popular among girls during the early 20th century. Her outfit is modified to allow a far wider range of movement than a normal qipao. She also wears white combat/boxing boots of varying height (around calf-length in games such as the Street Fighter II series and older vs. Capcom titles, or around knee-high in games based around her 3rd Strike sprite) and a blue leotard with dark brown sheer pantyhose and a blue thong underneath with her qipao. Her qipao is blue with golden accents. She was originally supposed to wear a peach-colored qipao, as seen in her in-game profile and ending in the original Street Fighter II. Large spiked bracelets, whose ring is black steel and spikes are white/chrome polished steel are worn on both arms. According to supplementary materials, she wears the qipao in honor of her late mother, who passed away in her early childhood and whose only photo showed her in a qipao similar to her daughter's. The spiked metal bracelets she is known to wear are made of iron, and weigh approximately 7-10 kg (15-22 lbs) each. Chun-Li also wears them to help tone and exercise her body; the qipao is fitted with weights to help build body strength and finesse, while her bracelets are for the purpose of balancing her body when performing her kicking moves, including helping stabilize her center of gravity during a Hyakuretsukyaku and limit her during supers such as the Senretsukyaku to avoid overexerting her muscles. The spikes are also used for the purpose of intimidation. 
During the period covered in Street Fighter Alpha, she wore an embroidered vest, unitard and athletic shoes, as well as studded wristbands. It is somewhat unclear why she chose to stop using this outfit and switch to the qipao in subsequent Street Fighter games; materials state that this was worn during her days as an active detective for comfort. In the Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation movie, her vest has changed to red instead of blue. Her Alpha costume became her "Nostalgia" costume in Street Fighter V.
In Street Fighter II V, Chun-Li has seen wearing casual outfits throughout the episodes, including a red sleeveless v-neck qipao with a blue obi and it's ribbons are hanging loose at the right side, red Chinese pants, black Chinese shoes, her hair is tied in a high ponytail adorned with a long blue laced ribbon and a yellow formal sleeveless short dress adorned with orange lined ribbons (which resembles a skirt at the back), pink panties underneath and yellow open toed flats. When she was brainwashed, she wore her primary outfit but with minor changes, the color of her qipao is light blue with white accents, the front and back skirt are short instead of long, her brown pantyhose is replaced with blue kneepads and her hair is let loose.
In Street Fighter IV, Chun-Li's alternate outfit consists of a black sleeveless evening gown with gold accents at the bottom. She wears a black and gold sash held by a red rope-like belt. The outfit is completed with red shoes, gold earrings and black and gold bracelets. The outfit resembles the clothes she wore in one of the episodes in the cartoon series.
In various official art, she has also been shown in her police outfit, as well as (presumably) her favorite casual attire: a varsity-style jacket, T-shirt, jeans and white tennis shoes. It has been shown in some official art that when wearing her casual attire she also wears her Alpha wristbands.
In Street Fighter V, her first alternate costume is the sleeveless evening gown from Street Fighter IV and her hair is now loose. Her second is her police uniform, which is also paired with white featureless boots akin to her prior signature ones. In all of her costumes She's shown with bright lipstick and enchanting eyeshadow around her eyes.
She gains new alterations of her main outfit and her police uniform; Her main outfit is similar to the one she wore in Street Fighter II V but in a sleeveless modified qipao with gold decorations and she wears black thigh-high socks and sneakers instead of kneepads and boots.
Her police uniform is her disguise form in Pocket Fighter as color of her outfit is indigo and her top now shows her midriff with the black mini vest and the sign "Police" on front and her pants and boots are black. She no longer wears a beret and her hair is tied in unadorned ox-horns.
Altogether, Chun-Li has the most costumes in Street Fighter V, excluding the Easter-Egg variations, marketing costumes, and player-exclusive costumes.
- Default: Chun-Li's iconic blue qipao with golden accents, white combat boots, brown leggings, and spiked bracelets.
- The Red Bull version of this costume is grayish-white.The Red Bull logo is embroidered on her chest
- The Suzaku/Crimson color of this costume was exclusively awarded to FGC Player YamadaTaro for winning the RAGE Master League in 2017. This version is red with gold accents, and red boots with no leggings underneath.
- Story: Chun-Li's police officer uniform when she was a rookie cop, with a light-blue collared uniform shirt, blue pants, white boots, and utility belt with a speaker microphone clipped to the top of her shirt.
- Battle: Chun-Li's dress returns with some modifications, including her hair let down, a red tassel clipping her gold sash wrapped around her waist, white flat shoes, and white and gold spiked bracelets.
- Swimsuit: The first of Chun-Li's swimsuit costumes. She wears a cascade-blue two piece, with jade bracelets on her wrists, and sunglasses on her head. Her ponytail hairstyle is held up with a long gold pin. Chun-Li wears heavy heeled beach sandals, with an ocean-blue and gold pareo wrapping around her waist.
- The Easter Egg version of this costume removes the pareo
- B-Girl: The B-Girl costume has Chun-Li wearing a dark mink coat over a crimson-red bikini top that matches her hair, which is tied in a long ponytail. Chun-Li's beige pants has the SFV logo on her buttcheek, with dark heels on the bottom.
- The Easter Egg version loses the mink coat
- CPT: A scarlet cut dress, with brown leggings, and heels.Her hair is tied in a pony tail. And she wears a feather boa on her shoulders.
- The Easter Egg version removes the feather boa
- School Uniform: Chun-Li's school uniform consists of a white jacket with gold accents, a blue knee-length skirt with gold trim, brown leggings, and black heels. Chun-Li has her hair tied up in pigtails, held up with a gold headband with a flower. She completes the look with glasses on her face.
- The Easter Egg version has Chun-Li's hair let down.
- Professional: Chun-Li's officewear included a dark blazer over a white blouse. Underneath her gray skirt are dark leggings and black stilettos. Chun-Li wears her hair in a bun, and wears framed glasses.
- The Easter Egg version loses the blazer, and her hair is let down in a long pony tail.
- Vacation: The second of Chun-Li's swimsuit costumes. Chun-Li has her hair tied in ox horns with blue ribbons, with a blue flower in her hair. Chun-Li's two-piece base color is ocean blue, with sand-color accents. Her waist is wrapped with a shorter pareo that matches her bikini. Finally, blue, open-toed, flat sandals are worn on her feet.
- The Easter Egg version loses the pareo, revealing a full two-piece swimsuit for Chun-Li.
- Pajamas: Chun-Li's pajama costume starts with croc-like shoes on her feet, and a pink apron wrapping around her short pink shorts. The top is of a Chinese lingerie.
- The Easter Egg version removes the apron.
- Undercover Cop: Another version of Chun-Li's police officer uniforms. She wears a grey hoodie underneath a tight, purple, leather jacket. Chun-Li wears her hair in a ponytail. She keeps a sidearm holstered to the hip of her jeans, with sneakers on the bottom.
- The Easter Egg version removes both the leather jacket and hoodie, leaving her only in a sleeveless crop top.
- Nostalgia: Chun-Li's Alpha costume is renamed Nostalgia. She retains most of her Alpha look with the blue leotard, blue vest, and athletic shoes. The big difference is that she wears a pair of dark blue finger-less sparing gloves on her hands.
- The Easter Egg version removes the embroidered vest, finger-less gloves, and hair ribbons and has a yellow jacket tied around her waist.
- The Onitsuka Tiger version gives Chun-Li a different version of her shoes with the Onitsuka Tiger wording on the outer thigh of her unitard.
- Special Forces: Another police-themed costume, Chun-Li is decked out with tactical gear on most of her body, including a tactical visor on her head, a bullet-proof vest covering her chest over an indigo collared shirt, and pads on her elbows, thighs, knees, and shins, and finally finger-less gloves.
- The Easter Egg version removes the bulletproof vest.
- Training: Training almost combines the look of the Battle Dress, the style of her Default, with a touch of sporty as seen with her sparring gloves, as well as athletic shoes, over her leggings covered with leg pads.The pattern of her Default nearly matches the one on her training, with a darker blue base and gold accents.
- The Easter Egg version has Chun-Li's hair let down
- Covert Operations: Another take on Chun-Li's Battle costume, with a more elegant flair to it, the the gold designs bringing out more than the base black. She wears more accessories on her arms, and a boa rests on Chun-Li's arms during combat. And her shoes are of open-toed heels instead of flats.
- The Easter Egg version loses the boa
- Wedding: One of the many costumes designed by Akiman. Chun-Li's wedding costume has been outfitted to allow the use of her legs while kicking. A garter is worn around Chun-Li's left thigh. It comes complete with two flower veils worn on her ox horn hairstyle, long gloves, and white heels.
- The Easter Egg version removes the veil
- June: Chun-Li wears the costume of June Lin Milliam of Capcom's Star Gladiator series.
- Perhaps an Easter Egg of its own, Chun-Li once wore her outfit and mimicked June minus the hair in Pocket Fighter. In Street Fighter V, her appearance keeps the hair and changes the color of her irises from brown to green, giving her the hapa/half-Asian half-Caucasian look that is prominent on June's appearance. The Easter Egg version for Chun-Li's outfit changes her hair from June's style back to Chun-Li's signature ox horn style, without the ox horn bun covers and instead with an extension.
- Morrigan: The classic look of one of Darkstalker's most famous characters.
- The Easter Egg version removes the bat wings on her head, and lets her hair fall loosely.
- Track Suit: A athletic tracksuit that everyone in the Street Fighter cast has. Chun-Li's default color has her sportin blue pants, with white strap-on shoes. Chun-Li's jacket his zipped up half way to see her white undershirt and midriff. She also has the sleeves rolled up, and sweatbands on her wrists.
Her hairstyle is called "ox horns", a typical style in which Chinese children dress their hair; depictions of girls in Chinese paintings frequently show girls in ox horns.
During the Alpha series, she chose to wear them unadorned, while in the remaining games, she uses silk brocades and ribbons to cover them, colored white to signify the mourning of her father. These silk brocades and ribbons that cover them are sometimes called bao.
In Street Fighter IV, when wearing her alternate costume, she wears her ox horns unadorned, just like in her Alpha appearance, only this time it's held by red ropes with golden balls at the tip, and it's not braided. This style of ox-horns is also called as odango in Japanese.
In Street Fighter II V, Chun-Li wore her hair up in one in a bun or sometimes in a ponytail. Later, when Bison brainwashed her, Chun-Li's hair was let loose.
In Street Fighter V, Chun-Li lets loose her ox horn hair style, and lets her hair down when she wears her Battle costume.
Chun-Li is a resourceful and dedicated officer of the law with a strong sense of justice that rivals that of her father, as she strongly believes in protecting the innocent and saving the lives of others.
She is a highly disciplined, seasoned, and courageous woman, and is often the voice of reason. As an official of Interpol, she takes her work as a cop with pride (showing pride at what she does when she saves another), outside of her duty as a cop, she has an elegant, sweet, and feminine personality.
Chun-Li, however, is not without her flaws, as she has shown to get very competitive with criminals in Street Fighter media, and does not take kindly to those who insult her pride as a cop. There are also times she is shown to have a fairly dense side to her personality, as shown in her ending of Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix. As pointed out by Nash and Guile, Chun Li tends to let her emotions get the best of her while on duty, this has at least on one occasion almost caused her demise at the hands of Bison. As shown in her story mode and in A Shadow Falls Chun Li has been told this and she has promised not to do it again while it keeps happening.
Because of her devotion to justice, she often becomes allies and friends with other soldiers and cops. Additionally, she has shown great resilience and determination in pursuing intense crime organizations, such as Shadaloo.
In her Street Fighter V arcade ending, a surprising trait was revealed that Chun-Li is inept at cooking, (averting her usual femininity like Lucia, but not to the point when the food becomes humorously bad like the latter) to the point of burning her food while following cooking instruction and Li-Fen having to take over with what remains of the ingredients.
Chun-Li displays her kind and caring, almost motherly, traits in her Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike arcade ending. After rescuing Li-Fen, she goes on to teach Kung Fu to children. Chun-Li was inspired by all the people she's met on her journies, and has made it her new goal to teach her new students about strength and beauty, as well as to help shape their future.
According to Akira Nishitani, Chun-Li was said to be inspired by the character Tao, from the 1983 Katsuhiro Otomo anime film Harmagedon: Genma Wars, in search of inspiration for a female fighter for Street Fighter II. Chun-Li's inclusion as a female fighter amidst a world tournament was considered to be a pivot towards entertainment as opposed to Street Fighter's more plain and realistic tone. As he figured out the character's fighting style, the nationality of China for the character stuck. Akiman during developing Chun-Li was said to have given her trademark robust and muscular thighs, which was said to emphasize Chun-Li's drive to show her determination to push herself to her physical limits to fight on even ground and match the male dominated cast in strength, while composer Yoko Shimamura reveals was also done out of his personal taste for women. Akiman originally envisioned Chun-Li with pants, but this would later traded for tights as her appearance was further established. Eri Nakamura would later design Chun-Li's Street Fighter Alpha attire, which helped to further detail her developed upper body physique, and would be further basis for her character models in Street Fighter EX.
One of Chun-Li's moves in concept was said to be a backflipping attack, which was regarded by many playtesters to be "broken". This move was supposed to have made it into the final release, but was cut due to lack of time to program it back into the game. During development of Street Fighter III: Third Strike, Yoshinori Ono witnessed the development of Chun-Li's sprite as artists began to expand the width of her thighs, which were said to "border on gigantism" at times, but agreed that their thickness helped to add in greater detail to her character.
Being a professional police officer and international agent of Interpol also appears to evoke inspiration from the 1987 Charles Bronson action movie Assassination, and to the character Charlotte "Cha-Lee" Chang, as portrayed by actress Jan Gan Boyd, who was the sidekick and on-off romantic partner of Charles' lead role Jay Killian as members of the Secret Service. Perhaps of note, the establishing portion of the movie shows Charlotte in a traditional blue qipao in a scene with Jay.
Ryu is one of Chun-Li's most trusted allies and closest friends. Chun-Li deeply admires Ryu for his strong determination and will to never give up in his fights and goals. Ryu seems to respect Chun-Li as well for her great fighting abilities.
Cammy and Chun-Li are great friends and usually stay in contact with each other. They mention each others' names frequently and usually team up with Guile when it comes to fighting Shadaloo. Chun-Li is also the one whom Cammy normally asks about "normal" life, such as when she asks Chun-Li about whether the bond between Laura and Sean can be considered a typical sibling relationship. She also consults Cammy about why Ken was fighting for his family instead of staying behind and protecting them. Chun-Li states that there are some that cannot be avoided, especially when you must protect someone, similar to how her father protected her in her youth.
In Street Fighter x Tekken, Chun-Li and Cammy are partners. The two of them worked together to discover the secrets of the Pandora Box, as well as investigate why Shadaloo and the Mishima Zaibatsu are attempting to secure it.
Her old teacher, and her father's friend. He was the person that hinted at Bison killing her father. However, in SFIV he didn't want to give her more answers. She tries to force him to tell her, but is unable. She is currently unaware of what seems to be his death at Akuma's hands during the events of A Shadow Falls.
Her longtime friend and partner. Both of them share a mutual hatred towards M. Bison.
Karin and Chun-Li are good friends. In a win quote against her, Karin states that some of her moves were inspired by Chun-Li. Chun-Li takes part in Karin's plan to destroy Shadaloo and take down M. Bison.
Chun-Li first meets Li-Fen during an infiltration of the Shadaloo base, tough Li-Fen knew who Chun-Li was prior since she held the shadaloo keys, the Merope. Chun-Li offered Li-Fen to escort her out of the Shadaloo base, but Li-Fen takes off, stating she still has something left to do.
Later, Chun-Li would discover that Li-Fen was forced to activate the "Descent Program" after shutting down the black moons. But she had to retreat with the rest of the fighters before she could do anything to save her.
Upon their return, Chun-Li would get the chance to rescue Li-Fen. She fights off F.A.N.G. before consoles Li-fen with an embrace. As Ryu would go for the final showdown with M. Bison, Chun-Li defeats F.A.N.G.. Chun-Li carries Li-Fen out of the Shadaloo base reaches critical destruction.
After rescuing Li-Fen from Shadaloo, Chun-Li would go on to adopt her. Though it would take some time before the young orphan would open up to her, a chance to bond came when Li-Fen found Chun-Li's old hair ribbons back when she was a rookie cop. Chun-Li tied Li-Fen's hair in her ox horn fashion as she told the story of how she used to be a reckless and headstrong individual in her early years.
After tying Li-Fen's hair, Li-Fen realizes that she's not alone in the world, and she has someone to look up to, and someone who would care for her in Chun-Li.
Li-Fen would later be kidnapped by Urien of the Illuminati. After fighting against Urien, Chun-Li would rescue Li-Fen. She continues practicing her kung fu with more of Chun-Li's students as Chun-Li slowly transfers from policework to motherhood.
M. Bison is considered to be Chun-Li's greatest enemy, as well as the main antagonist for not just her story, but the entire Street Fighter lore.
In Chun-Li's Street Fighter Alpha ending, M. Bison is the final boss in her Arcade route. After making quick work of her, M. Bison reveals to Chun-Li that he was the one who killed her father. Since then, Chun-Li has sworn to avenge her father's death, and that motivation has continued to be the driving force for her well until the fall of Shadaloo.
Crimson Viper is one of Chun-Li's rivals, mostly because C. Viper "impeded" Chun-Li's investigation on Shadaloo and S.I.N. Chun-Li almost blew C. Viper's cover (her working for S.I.N.) and tried to take her in. It is unknown who won the battle between C. Viper and Chun-Li, but it is known that Chun-Li recovered data linking to Shadaloo and S.I.N.
Almost mirroring Chun-Li with their use of their legs in their martial art, and having their families destroyed by M. Bison, Juri is considered to be one of Chun-Li's main rivals. Their first encounter occured during the SSFIV OVA, Chun-Li and Juri square off, until Juri gets the upperhand, defeats, and hospitalizes Chun-Li. The two would meet again during Chun-Li's rival cusctene in SSFIV.
Unlike Chun-Li's hatred for her and all criminals, Juri does not seem to hate Chun-Li as much as she does enjoy toying and mocking her, even suggesting at some point that Chun-Li has a "schoolgirl crush" on her, a sentiment Chun-Li surprisingly didn't deny, instead responding only with "One way or another, you're coming with me.".
In Project X Zone, Chun-Li believes that Juri still has some good in her. Juri would accept the offer to join the other heroes to save the universe afterwards. Given this, Juri may be the only criminal that Chun-Li doesn't hold any true contempt for. They both also share a common bond and hatred for M. Bison, whom was responsible for the loss of Chun-Li's father and Juri's parents. This makes Juri more of a rival than an enemy.
Even though Balrog has a thing for women, Chun-Li is one exception. Because he's a member of Shadaloo and one of Bison's top subordinates, Chun-Li sees Balrog as an enemy. The two would encounter during Balrog's rival cutscene, in where Chun-Li would try to bring in a resitant Balrog for questioning.
Much like Balrog, Chun-Li sees Vega as an enemy. Vega, however, enjoys her beauty and mocking her. In his SFIV rival scene with Chun-Li, he calls her a persistent wench and tries to play her mind calling himself a ghost. During Chun-Li's story In SFV, he encounters Chun-Li when she was a rookie cop investigating her father's disappearence. Chun-Li and Vega battle, trying to learn more about her father but Vega manages to escape after scratching Chun-Li's arm. Chun-Li would later encounter him after she teamed up with Nash and Guile, and after a second fight, Vega would reveal that he has information in regards to her father.
Though Chun-Li and Akuma have yet to meet cannonically, Chun-Li is aware of the power and threat Akuma possesses.
Gill is among Chun-Li's most hated enemies and like Ryu, Chun-Li sees no difference between the Illuminati leader and that of Bison.
As the second-in-command of Shadaloo, F.A.N.G is one of Chun-Li's greatest enemies.
As stated in her respective win quote in Street Fighter V, Chun-Li mistakenly perceives Urien as a potential ally by his well-kempt appearance. She would later track him down for kidnapping Li-Fen during the events of Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, with Chun-Li herself successfully rescuing and saving Li-Fen from Urien. On the other hand, Urien sees her as nothing more than a commoner until she proves to be pivotal in destroying Shadaloo.
Chun-Li is the original fast character in the Street Fighter series, utilizing multiple rapid attacks rather than the slow damaging strikes of larger characters like Zangief. Her agile and swift movements are a favorite amongst game-players. It is interesting to note that in the early days of arcade fighting games, many other female characters played in a similarly speedy style, following the example set by Chun-Li. In previous games (mainly Street Fighter II) she was basically a charge character along with Guile and E. Honda but her style was changed in later games to give her a more technical feel as well as her trademark "speed" granted to the player.
Much of her basic moves involved brute force mixed with agility for a mixed fighting style in many cases, while also focusing on Chun-Li's thigh-build giving her various types of kicking attacks. However, as the games progressed as of Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, Chun-Li's animations began to deviate from her original ones, and she adopts a more graceful approach to her martial arts (with some versions of her crouching stance instead making assume a lotus position of sorts).
Another notable trait of Chun-Li's was her various unique attacks that often varied from iteration to iteration, with only a few iconic ones being consistent in her arsenal.
In almost every game, Chun-Li's signature move is the Hyakuretsukyaku, which was her ability to throw multiple kicks in one sitting. Its easy accessibility (bluntly pressing a kick button rapidly) has become a staple in many games. Her Spinning Bird Kick acts like Ryu's and Ken's own Tatsumaki Senpukyaku. Chun-Li can also wall-jump, meaning that pressing in the opposite direction after touching the wall during a jump will allow her to bounce off of it. While jumping, she can perform a Stomp Kick on top of her opponent's heads. Beginning with Street Fighter Alpha, this move was replaced by the Sen'enshu, which was an overhead drop kick which knocked the opponent down. This, in itself, was replaced by the Hazanshu in Street Fighter III, which was a similar move where Chun-Li flipped in the air before attacking with her overhead kick. She also regained her Spinning Bird Kick in that game.
Her Kakukyakuraku was basically a move where she flips in the air and drop kicks her opponents on the head, causing them to fall down. This was replaced in Street Fighter III with the "Tenshin Shuu Kyaku" which requires her to jump all the way behind the opponent to attack, but also lets her combo afterward. Her trademark projectile is called the Kikoken, and has alternately been a motion attack and a charge attack depending on the game. Her Tenshokyaku enabled her to jump in the air and perform 3-4 consecutive kicks that can damage air born opponents.
Other notable moves that have appeared include the Sou Hakkei, a powerful palm strike that Chun-Li can do in her X-ISM mode in Street Fighter Alpha 3; the Reishiki Kikou Ken, a toned-down version of the Kikosho as it appeared in the Alpha games that Chun-Li can do at any time in the Marvel vs. Capcom series; and the Tenshin Embu in SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos, a command grab similar to Yun and Yang's Zenpou Tenshin that does no damage but leaves the opponent open to a combo.
In Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix, Chun-Li retains most of her moves as both Kikosho and Hazan Tensho Kyaku serve as her Mighty Combos and has five disguises serve as her special attacks but one of those moves makes herself recoiled. (Eg: a summer school uniform while wielding a golf club and a love letter, a cheerleader wielding pom-poms and a baton stick, a circus performer, cosplaying as Jill Valentine in her first outfit in Resident Evil wielding heavy firearms and a traffic enforcer) One of her special attacks has to bump her opponent by sliding into the ground. She later wears a black sleeveless formal chinese qipao serving as one of her taunts. One of her Mighty Combos has her to slam the opponent with a traffic sign while disguising as a traffic enforcer to make the bikers from the Alpha games to hit and run the opponent for a heavy damage.
Chun-Li's first Super Combo, the Senretsukyaku, was an extended Hyakuretsukyaku that moved Chun-Li forward and could go through fireballs. Her Kikosho, which she received in Street Fighter Alpha, was a stationary ball of energy that could hit attacks coming from above and in front. Her Hazan Tenshou Kyaku was a powered-up version of the Tenshokyaku. These moves received typical power increases in the Marvel vs. Capcom series.
Her appearance in Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike saw her retain only one Super Combo from before, the Kikosho, in a version that more resembled the Vs. version than the original Alpha version. Her two new Super Arts were the Hoyokusen, a re-imagined Senretsukyaku that was made up of two flurries of rapid kicks followed by a final kick that sent the opponent upward; and the Tensei Ranka, an aerial flip-kick that ended with a final kick crashing straight downward. Chun-Li's Hoyokusen would later become her Critical Art in Street Fighter V, as well as one of her Hyper Combos for the Marvel VS Capcom series.
In Street Fighter IV, Chun-Li gains a new Ultra Combo called Hosenka. It is very much like Houyoku Sen, except instead of kicking the opponent away after the Hyakuretsukyaku, she kicks the opponent upwards and does a powered-up Spinning Bird Kick, which causes a tornado and does significant damage. She then kicks the opponent up into the air with a lot of force, landing gracefully after the opponent falls back on to the floor.
In Super Street Fighter IV, the Kikosho returns as Chun-Li's second Ultra Combo. The Kikosho animation is nearly identical to what is depicted in Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike.
In crossover games, Chun-Li gains a Hyper Combo called Shichisei Senkuu Kyaku. Chun-Li passes through the opponent with a powerful kick. As the two are momentarily paused mid-air, the screen turns black and the kanji of the Hyper Combo's name appears on the screen, with the screen flashing afterwards.
At the age of five, Chun-Li saw her first classical Chinese play, Peking Opera, and her first Bruce Lee movie,  which fascinated her and also became part of the reasons why she started practicing martial arts.
She began by learning Tai Chi. However, Tai Chi was much different from the gorgeous movements she remembered from Peking Opera. Soon afterwards, her father taught her Hongquan as well as various basic exercises from then on. With that, Chun-Li’s skills in Chinese martial arts improved rapidly. Chun-Li used mostly kicks when fighting. This was something she picked up from her father, who was also said to have "legendary legs." Chun-Li continued to develop her kick attacks, embracing techniques from a variety of fighting styles, such as Chinese martial arts, capoeira, battle karate, and taekwondo, thus eventually creating her own style.
Chun-Li would later become a detective at the age of eighteen in hopes of finding her missing father. She later followed in her father's footsteps and become a narcotics investigator at the I.C.P.O (International Criminal Police Organization), also known as Interpol, working as the organization's anti-Shadaloo investigator. Chun-Li was known as the "black sheep of the I.C.P.O.", as she was investigating Shadaloo for the illegal sales of narcotics and weapons when said evil organization got their hold of the high-ups of Interpol.
Chun-Li was an Interpol investigator who had been searching for clues to the recent disappearance of her father. Getting into a friendly spar with an old teacher of hers and friend of her father, Gen, he gives her a lead into who may have killed her father—the mysterious crime syndicate Shadaloo. Finding its leader, M. Bison, she demands he tell her what happened to her father. To her surprise, Bison attacks and basically makes quick work of her, then flies away, laughing at her and telling her if she attacks him again he will kill her just like he did her father.
In Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors' Dreams, Chun-Li's ending shows M. Bison hitting her with his Psycho Punisher before escaping. Chun-Li then wakes up in a hospital bed before being briefed on M. Bison's escape to Thailand.
In the retconned Street Fighter Alpha 2, after a battle against M. Bison, he retreats to his jet in the sky. Before he leaves, he reveals that he was responsible for her father's death. Later, at the China Branch Interpol Headquarters, Chun-Li is appointed Special Investigator of Shadaloo. With tears in her eyes (the last she swore to ever shed), Chun-Li swore vengeance.
Chun-Li teamed up with a United States Air Force member, Charlie Nash, to try to track and take down Shadaloo. She then ran into someone she would not have expected at all. It was Charlie's good friend and fellow lieutenant, Guile. Telling Guile he should not get in over his head and to leave the two be, Chun-Li learns he has orders to bring Charlie back. Attempting to use force to stop him, Guile immediately appears and holds her in his arms telling her that she can't force Charlie to not make what is right and for good intentions; nonetheless, she insists that she and her partner be left alone, to which Guile replies that he will never abandon friends in need.
After eventually learning that Bison tricked the Air Force into cancelling the planned bombing of the main Shadaloo base, Chun-Li rushed over to the two soldiers to tell them they were tricked and would have to destroy the base on their own. Chun-Li with Charlie and Guile proceeded to the Shadaloo base located in Thailand to plant bombs around the base as Charlie and Guile headed inside to destroy the Psycho Drive, but Guile then came rushing out, grabbing Chun-Li and telling her Charlie had urged both of them to get away.
Meanwhile, Ryu was fighting with M. Bison. Along the way, Chun-Li saw a young girl escaping with several others (who turned out to be Cammy) and she found Ryu and escaped with him. Later Guile told her that Charlie was inside of the Shadaloo base during the explosion marking his apparent death in the process. Despite being distraught over the initial lack of evidence to prove Shadaloo's crimes, Chun-Li managed to shut down the operations of the Shadaloo evil empire.
Chun-Li received an invitation to the second World Warrior tournament, and discovered that Bison had apparently survived the Thailand base's destruction. With this, she had the clear motive of destroying Shadaloo and avenging her father once again. During the tournament, Chun-Li and her allies manage to reach Bison and engage him in combat that reaches the forest. During their fight with Bison, They managed to overpower the Shadaloo dictator with Chun-Li weakening Bison with a powerful Kikosho that destroys part of the forest. When Guile urges Bison to surrender, Bison refuses and instead commits suicide by using all of his Psycho Power to make a huge explosion that blasted away, but didn't kill, Chun-Li and the other fighters who attempted to stop the dictator. With Bison's apparent suicide, the government exhaustively investigated Shadaloo's base and concluded that Bison and the other bosses had also died, despite no evidence being shown to prove that the cataclysm happened.
Chun-Li is seen moving on with her life as a young single girl, keeping herself busy by working at an eatery, or by traveling. She reminisces the memories and the fights that took place during Street Fighter II. She admits to herself that the life she expected wasn't all she'd imagined it would be. Chun-Li finds her inner strength reawakened as she finds herself back into action, presumably to continue tracking down Shadaloo's movement's, M. Bison, as well as the S.I.N. Organization.
Some time after the fall of Shadaloo, Chun-Li, Guile and Cammy are summoned to a theme park to stop the rampage of Juri (a operative from Shadaloo's weapon division S.I.N.) who is wreaking extreme havoc. While Guile and Cammy evacuate trapped civilians, Chun-Li goes ahead to look for more survivors.
Chun-Li reaches Juri just as she executes a rogue S.I.N agent. Chun-Li squares off against Juri, but is unable to land a significant strike on her. Juri grabs Chun-Li's arm before twisting it in an armlock. Chun-Li escapes by kicking Juri's leg, and retreating with an air-Kikoken, before Juri blocks with one hand. Juri takes advantage as Chun-Li is distracted by a little boy whose mother was injured by Juri's attack. Juri rushes in with a kick to Chun-Li's solar plexus, blasting her into a wall before crashing to the ground. But before Juri can execute her, she is forced to flee when Guile and Cammy arrive due to her artificial eye malfunctioning. Injured, and losing consciousness, Chun-Li mentions to Cammy about the little boy and his mother.
Chun-Li is hospitalized with multiple injuries all over her body. But upon recovery, Chun-Li is back to investigating Juri and her connections to S.I.N. on a laptop from her hospital bed. Guile and Cammy go to confront Juri while Chun-Li monitors the S.I.N. base and movements.
Guile later informs Chun-Li about their failure to apprehend Juri.
Donning her outfit, she returns to Interpol and teams up with Guile and Cammy to take down S.I.N. and discover what really happened to M. Bison. After she recovers from being defeated by Juri Han, she enters the new international fighting tournament to take down S.I.N once and for all. On her way, she is approached by Abel, who is searching for any leads on the Shadaloo organization. During the tournament, she also pursues Gen, who is also participating, for more answers about her father's death; Gen refuses and she is unable to force him. She then confronts C.Viper and almost blows her cover because Viper was "impeding" her investigation. Later she encounters Juri once more, who she tries to arrest and although she is able to defeat her she is unable to bring her into custody. Infiltrating the S.I.N. dam facility, she is trapped when Vega activates the base's self-destruct sequence. She is protected from the ensuing collapse by Gen, and is eventually rescued by Guile and Abel.
As expected, Chun-Li returns in Street Fighter V.
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The prologue takes place after A Shadow Falls, where Chun-Li successfully rescues Li-Fen from Shadaloo. While caring for Li-Fen, she finds Chun-Li's old gear from when she was a rookie cop. Chun-Li recounts her past events while tying ox-horns on Li-Fen's hair.
The past shows Chun-Li trying to arrest Vega in China. Vega says her kicks remind her of someone who practiced the same art. Chun-Li recognizes that person as her father and asks Vega about him, which ensues a fight. She gets scratched by his claw in the arm, allowing Vega to retreat.
Chun-Li continues her search in Russia, chasing down a lead that Vega was spotted in the area. She meets Guile and Nash, and they are quick to notice Chun-Li's desperation. Despite the two telling her she needs to be more patient, Chun-Li insists that she has reasons to go alone. Nash wants to test her to see if she's ready, so they spar. Nash gets up after the fight, surprising her. Guile tells Chun-Li that if she's finding Vega, that he and Nash should come with her.
They return to China and find Vega, who has an entourage of Shadaloo soldiers and Birdie. Guile and Nash fight off the attackers while Chun-Li confronts Vega again. When she finally defeats Vega and tries to arrest him for questioning, he gets away on a helicopter and escapes, promising they'll meet again; but not before spilling out that he knows something about her father's death. She learns a lesson about not going alone and thank Guile and Nash for coming.
Back in the present and Chun-Li has finished Li-Fen's ox-horns. Li-Fen wishes to be just as strong as Chun-Li and they start training.
In the main story, Chun-Li teams up with Guile in his investigation about the blackout in New York due to the activation of the Black Moons created by M. Bison. When she and Guile confront M. Bison along with the other Heavenly Kings, she recklessly fights against Bison over her vendetta. Chun-Li is beaten by a powered up M. Bison, thanks to the Black Moons, and he blasts Chun-Li onto the street with a powerful Psycho Blast. As Guile fights off Vega, M. Bison goes to execute her, but Cammy comes in to save her just on time. Cammy helps an injured Chun-Li retreat with Guile.
Later that evening, Cammy, Chun-Li, and Guile discussing the possible connections of the missing hackers and the connection with the Shadaloo keys. Chun-Li is still injured from her last fight with M. Bison. As she tries to get to her feet, she crumbles back to her knees, holding her midsection. Cammy delivers a package Chun-Li, containing one of the pieces. But all three are surprised with the sight of Charlie Nash. Guile goes to confront him, leaving Chun-Li and Cammy alone with Rashid and Azam. As Rashid talks, he catches Chun-Li's attention before taking on an offensive stance. Rashid fights Chun-Li for her piece. Still injured and worn out from her battle against Bison earlier, she is defeated by Rashid. The star-shaped key flies off her as she is kicked away. Rashid retreats with Chun-Li's piece before she could get to her feet.
Chun-Li is enlisted by Karin Kanzuki and find out the chess pieces are actually the keys to the Black Moons and to stopping Shadaloo's plan. She teams up with Ken Masters and Cammy to find Laura at Brazil. Once Ken fights off F.A.N.G, Chun-Li recognizes Sean as being part of the Matsuda Family and questions him about the chess piece he received, which he gave to Laura. After Ken spars with Laura and gets the piece, Decapre lingers to them and falls unconscious. The police show up to arrest Decapre. Ken and Chun-Li try to diffuse the situation, but Cammy attacks the officers to protect Decapre and escapes with Juri on her motorcycle now that she's a fugitive.
In their first infiltration at Shadaloo, Chun-Li finds Li-Fen, one of the kidnapped hackers. She and Karin eventually succeed in shutting down the Black Moons, but F.A.N.G uses Li-Fen to make a back up by restarting the Moons and setting them to detonate and explode, causing her and Karin to escape with Nash. Ryu arrives after defeating Necalli and Chun-Li is happy to see him. He joins with them to make a final assault against Shadaloo.
Rashid successfully aborts the detonation and Chun-Li and Guile find Nash and are forced to watch Charlie fight Bison until Charlie sacrifices himself to weaken Bison. She stops Guile from nearing the blast as Nash kills himself. She fights F.A.N.G after he survived Marz's attempt to kill him. She manages to knock him out to save Li-Fen. After Ryu ultimately defeats Bison, they escape the base with Li-Fen and Guile. Chun-Li tries her best to catch up to them. When the blast starts catching up, Ryu throws a Denjin Hadoken to stop the fires from the explosion allowing Chun-Li and Li-Fen to escape. Chun-Li is last seen watching the destruction of Shadaloo, finally avenging her father's death.
After the events of Street Fighter V and Shadaloo's fall, Chun-Li finally makes her peace and retires from street fighting to teach martial arts to orphans while still doing police work. Urien kidnaps a young girl, Li-Fen, for his scientific projects, which prompts Chun-Li to go out in the world again and find her. She challenges him once she finds him and gets Li-Fen back. She goes back to China and goes back to teaching martial arts.
Over the years, Chun-Li has appeared in almost all of Capcom's fighting games. With the release of Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, she became the only character besides Ryu, Ken and Akuma to appear in all three major Street Fighter incarnations (Street Fighter II, Street Fighter Alpha and Street Fighter III).
Chun-Li is a regularly-used cameo character in Capcom games. She makes a cameo appearance in Mega Man 9 as a television news reporter during a prologue scene where Mega Man and Dr. Light are watching a breaking-news report. She appears as a boss in the semi-official crossover Street Fighter X Mega Man. Mega Man can obtain the Hyakuretsukyaku as a weapon by defeating her. She is also seen during the ending of the DLC expansion Nirvana of Asura's Wrath, apprehending a reincarnated Kalrow; the game refers to her simply as "Policewoman".
Chun-Li has appeared in all crossovers involving the series (i.e. Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes, SVC Chaos: SNK vs. Capcom, and Tatsunoko vs. Capcom). She is a playable character in the crossover RPG Namco x Capcom, eventually pairing up with Cammy. Chun-Li was also confirmed as a playable character for Street Fighter IV on December 7, 2007. Chun-Li appears in Street Fighter vs. X-Men, Street Fighter vs. Marvel Superheroes, Marvel vs. Capcom,Marvel vs Capcom 2, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Street Fighter X Tekken, Project X Zone, in which she was a pair unit with Morrigan from the Darkstalkers series, and most recently in Project X Zone 2, in which she was a pair unit with Ling Xiaoyu from the Tekken series. She has also made numerous appearances as playable characters in mobile games such as Granblue Fantasy, Shadowverse, and Power Rangers Legacy Wars
In Chun-Li's Marvel vs. Capcom ending, she is transformed into Shadow Lady, a playable boss who was easily recognized as a sprite swap for Chun-Li. Beyond the basic appearance, Shadow Lady had many unique moves in addition to Chun-Li's, due to being a cyborg. This includes transforming her hands into a spinning drill, firing rockets and zapping enemies with electricity.
Chun-Li hears of an escaped zoo animal. She apprehends Felicia by mistake and despite Felicia's protests, she is sent to the zoo. The next day she hears of an entertainer's (Felicia) mysterious disappearance.
Chun-Li returns in the first Marvel vs. Capcom game to use 3D models. In her ending, Chun-Li is shown to have arrested the Kingpin.
She is a playable character in Street Fighter X Tekken. Her partner is Cammy and their Tekken rivals are Asuka Kazama and Lili De Rochefort. When Chun-Li and Cammy hear about the Pandora's box in Antarctica and receive word that Shadaloo will be going after the box, the girls planned to head to Antarctica and stop them. After making it to Antarctica and defeating Ogre the two witnessed the box activate and disappear.
Chun-Li is one of the bosses of Street Fighter × Mega Man.
Chun-Li, Ryu and M. Bison appear in DeNA’s mobile RPG, Blood Brothers 2.
Chun-Li appears as a playable character in the seasonal event Granblue Fighter Ultra along with Ryu, M. Bison, and Sagat. She returns in the 2016 seasonal event Granblue Fighter V with Rashid, Karin, Necalli, and F.A.N.G. 
Chun-Li, Ryu, M. Bison, Karin, Juri, Vega, and Cammy all appear as Leaders for the classes in Shadowverse. Chun-Li is an optional leader for Swordcraft decks. 
Chun-Li returns as a playable character.
Chun-Li is a playable character in this game. As Rita Repulsa's hold on the Morphin Grid stretches across multiverses, Chun-Li is among the warriors who are sucked into the Grid, pitted against those from the Power Rangers multiverse. In November 2019, Chun-Li joined Ryu in having a morphed form, becoming the Chun-Li Ranger. In this form, Chun-Li gains a set of new attacks. The first is the "Kasairyuu", which is a flipping heel kick. The next is the "Hyakugouka", which is a powerful version of her Lightning Kick. The following is "Phoenix Dance", where she kicks her opponent into the air then follows them, delivering a series of kicks and stomps before kicking them to the ground. The last is the "Houkouen", which is a palm strike and a heel kick before releasing a burst of energy similarly to her Kikouhou In her Super Mode, she gains the "Phoenix Palm", which is a burst of phoenix flame released similarly to her Kikoshou, and the "Senhoukyaku", which is a powerful set of Lightning Kicks.
Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
Making her second appearance in a Power Rangers crossover, Chun-Li was added to Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid on May 25, 2021 alongside Ryu. Unlike Legacy Wars, Chun-Li's identity here is as the "Blue Phoenix Ranger", complementing Ryu's returning role as the "Crimson Hawk Ranger".
Live Action Movies and Series
Chun-Li was portrayed by Chinese-American Ming-Na Wen (who would later voice Mulan in the Disney film) in the 1994 film. Rather than being an INTERPOL officer, however, Chun-Li Zang is depicted here as a news reporter working for GNT News, in pursuit to seek revenge on M. Bison for her father's death. Other than her change of occupation, her personality remains the same.
In October 2006, Hyde Park Entertainment and Capcom announced its intention to produce another film adaptation with the storyline to focus on Chun-Li. This film will be more character-centered and story-based rather than following a "nebulous plot." Also, apparently it won't be just a Street Fighter movie with Chun-Li as the main character, along the lines of Guile in the first one, but it will be an actual Chun-Li film. Screenwriter Justin Marks was attached to write a script for the adaptation. Street Fighter is set for a 2008 release for the 20th anniversary of the fighting game series. The film adaptation was part of Capcom's multi-platform launch for 2008 that also launched video games and a potential TV series in 2008. Canadian actress Kristin Kreuk known for Smallville stepped down from the show to accept the role of Chun-Li in the 2009 adaptation.
Gemma Nguyen played Chun-Li in Power Rangers: Legacy Wars - Street Fighter Showdown.
Chun-Li was mentioned in Street Fighter: Resurrection episodes "New Challenger" and "Fight & Flight".
Chun-Li was featured as a main character of the Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie. As an Interpol agent, she requests to work with Guile to investigate Bison's organization. Guile at first doesn't want to work with her, more eager to pursue Bison himself, but Chun-Li remains persistent and she teases him into openly attacking her to get the frustration out of his system and showcase her martial art abilities. She convinces Guile that it is more important to put personal feelings of revenge aside and instead be practical and focus on how to work together. The two remain essentially inseparable afterwards until Bison becomes aware of their activities.
Despite her importance to the games, Chun-Li does not meet either Ryu or Ken or participate in the final battle against Bison in this movie, as she is ambushed in her apartment by Vega, Shadaloo's top assassin. After an intense battle, she manages to defeat him, but her injuries overwhelm her and she slips into a coma. A distraught Guile promises her he will bring Bison down and pursues the investigation without her, successfully tracking down Ryu minutes before Bison arrives.
Following Bison's defeat at the hands of Ryu and Ken, Interpol tracks down Shadaloo and destroys its central headquarters. Chun-Li eventually awakens from her coma, and pulls a comical and cruel prank on Guile by making it appear she has died, before surprising him with a newspaper headline announcing the downfall of Bison's operations. The two celebrate with an embrace.
In the original version Chun-Li was given a shower scene before her fight with Vega, which has been censored to varying degrees in all American releases. The recent re-release of the film by Manga Entertainment now offers both the "uncut" UK and original JP versions of the film.
In the 29-episode anime series, Chun-Li appears as the spirited tour guide to Ken and Ryu. Her character in this adaption is a far cry from the world's strongest woman since she is only 15 in this series, and is a Kung-Fu student under the guidance of her father, the highest-ranked police chief in Hong Kong. Chun-Li plays a sizable role in the finale when she is brainwashed by Bison's psycho power. She and Ken become something of an item during the Vega arc. She also challenges Bison to a fight and is defeated by him. Following this, she becomes one of Bison's brainwashed soldiers. It is not until after Bison is defeated by both Ryu and Ken that she regains consciousness again and reunites with the two fighters.
In the American Street Fighter animated series, Chun-Li was a regular character and was voiced by Donna Yamamoto. This version had a darker skin tone as compared to her other appearances. Like in the games, she seeks to avenge her father's death, who was killed by Bison and like her movie counterpart, she also works as a news reporter instead of working at INTERPOL. She first appears in the first episode "The Adventure Begins" where she meets up with Guile, Ryu and Ken in Brazil to fight against M. Bison who was causing trouble with Lucinda and some other scientists who were trying to find a cure a disease that was plaguing the area. In "The Strongest Woman in the World" we learn that Chun-Li saw her father killed by Bison when he was the only person to stay and defend their village. Chun-Li is then put with the dilemma of either allowing Bison to escape or have a nuclear plant destroy many innocent people in her home country China and is forced to let him go so the innocent people can be protected. In "Getting to Guile" Chun-Li fought off El Fideo's best men in a street fight in order to obtain some information she needed but while waiting in her hotel room for the information she was called to save Guile from Bison's mind control.
In Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation, Chun-Li is still an agent working for Interpol. She recently discovers that Shadaloo has a new leader called Professor Sadler. Chun-Li decides to team up with Ryu and Ken to get information about Sadler and the disappearance of her father.
The story begins with Chun-Li encountering Ryu when she and Wallace her partner were fighting Shadaloo's henchmen. Ryu joins in to help them in their fight. Chun-Li, amazed by Ryu's strength and power, decides to seek information about him. She came across an old article on the internet about Ryu defeating Sagat the Muay Thai Emperor. Wallace then reveals to her, that Shadaloo has a new leader called Professor Sadler who is coming to Japan to hold a street fighter tournament.
Curious about this, Chun-Li decides to investigate this. Luckily she meets with Ryu again on the streets with his long lost brother Shun.Chun-Li introduces herself as they enter an elevator inside a building heading into the tournament. Chun-Li, Ryu and Ken watch on the side lines while Shun enters the tournament to show Ryu how powerful he is. Shun's opponent was Zangief, who he got beaten up badly by. In the process, Shun reveals that he also has the Dark Hado just like Ryu. Chun-Li has never seen this kind of power before, and became very curious about this strange, evil power. Ryu runs in to stop the fight, only to be beaten up by Zangief as well. Enraged, Ryu taps into the Dark Hado and was about to unleash it on Zangief, but stops when he came to his senses, missing Zangief and blowing up the building accidentally.
Later, Shun was kidnapped by Shadaloo, Chun-Li and Wallace try stopping them, but they got away. Chun-Li tells Ryu that Shun was abducted by Shadaloo. She then carries Ryu to Interpol Headquarters to question him about Shun and the Dark Hado. Wallace wonders where Shadaloo has taken Shun.
Chun-li believes he's been taken to Sadler's lab, Ryu decides to find Shun with Chun-Li tagging along. Later, they meet with Ken to go to Sadler's second tournament for first class street fighters. While there, Ken realizes that all the winners of the tournament are secretly being lead into Sadler's hideout by his henchmen. Curious, they investigate only to find out that the street fighters are being captured to have their data extracted. In the end, they discover that Sadler's goal is to become the strongest fighter alive by collecting different types of data from street fighters from around the world. However, his main goal was to extract the Dark Hado from Ryu. Sadler sent Shun to receive any useful information about Ryu, having Shun pretend to be Ryu's long lost brother to fool him.
Though Chun-Li and Ken were beaten when they faced Sadler, Sadler met his demise at the hands of Ryu. After the ordeal was over, Ryu, Ken and Chun-Li went back to their separate ways, continuing to fight to become stronger. In the end, Chun-li still hasn't received any information about her father's disappearance.
Street Fighter (Korean animation)
In the 2012 Disney film, Wreck-It Ralph, Chun-Li makes a cameo appearance in the film, along with Ryu, Ken Masters, Zangief, M. Bison, Cammy, and Blanka. In the sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet, Chun-Li makes her cameo appearances like the rest of the characters to help Fix-It Felix Jr. and his wife Calhoun to take care of the characters from Sugar Rush after their game went unplugged due to the expensive costs of buying a new steering wheel in their arcade game which makes Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope Von Sweetz to travel to the internet to save her game.
Comics and Manga
Street Fighter II manga
In a Street Fighter II manga published in the early 1990s (written by Masaomi Kanzaki), Chun-Li remains in her established role of an Interpol agent investigating Bison, but she constantly references and reflects a desire to earn the critical praise of Ryu as a fighter, she is also portrayed as a more emotional and light-hearted person.
As the manga progresses, she eventually participates in a tournament arranged by Shadaloo, and outlasts many of the other warriors, eventually coming up against Vega, portrayed here as her father's killer. Chun-Li defeats Vega, but as in the SF II movie, she cannot continue, and she is pulled from the tournament. Her injuries prevent her from doing much when Ryu and Bison confront one another, except call off an air-strike by Interpol as the two fight.
Chun-Li appears one final time in the closing pages of the final issue of the Manga in a panel illustration depicting her arrest of a drug peddler, she remains eager to prove herself to Ryu, and sends him a letter conveying that determination.
Much like the anime SF II movie, the story stands alone from the established canon. Chun-Li's hero worship of Ryu was likely later used for the character of Sakura in the Alpha games.
In the manga based on Street Fighter Alpha, Chun-Li is again an agent of Interpol (as she is in almost all iterations save for the live action film).
In the manga, she encounters Ryu, who has fallen from grace when he began to give in to the Satsui no Hado, and had hired himself out as a bodyguard to some drug smugglers. She winds up befriending Ryu and Birdie as well as Ken; and Chun-Li, Ken, and Ryu begin trying to deal with the Satsui No Hado, though Chun-Li plays mostly a minor role in that regard. However, the three friends encounter members of Shadaloo, and Chun-Li, at the end of the first volume of the manga, rescues Cammy from being captured (or possibly killed, the manga doesn't say which, only that losers are 'stored' somewhere) after having her hand apparently crushed or at least injured in some way by Sodom. Shadaloo in the manga is once again responsible for the death of her father, though the exact identity of the killer has yet to be revealed.
Chun-LI makes an appearance in the second volume of the manga.
Although not a part of a story, Chun-LI makes a cameo appearance in the manga.
In the manga, Chun-Li has her own short story on the first volume, based on the events of Super Street Fighter II Turbo. Her story begins in San Francisco, where she managed to defeat a group of drug dealers and was detaining them. Eliza stopped by and picked Chun-Li up as she was staying in the Masters residence during her investigation of a new drug created by Shadaloo called "Spider". She said Ken was away, participating in a Martial Arts tournament in Japan. Teaming up with the San Francisco Police Department, they discovered that one of the drug dealers they detained revealed the distribution routes of the drug.
Chun-Li immediately jumped at the chance to capture the distributors and headed out of the station until she met an officer named Cain Zenigaya. The two found the hideout, which was, ironically, next door to Ken's house. As they went inside the house, they had noticed that the hideout was not heavily secured. They managed to go to the basement and were suddenly ambushed. Chun-Li easily subdued the thugs and found the creators of the "Spider" drug. She called Cain for some assistance until she suddenly felt pain. Cain revealed himself as a double agent for Shadaloo, calling himself the drug ring leader named "Spider" to lure Chun-Li into a trap and kill her. Using the drug in needles, Cain also said he had memorized her fighting style and purposely brought her to the basement to limit her abilities, which Chun-Li noticed that she was having some disadvantages in the fight.
As this was going on, Eliza was watering her plants and saw Chun-Li heading inside her neighbor's home. As time passed, she began to worry and immediately went next door to check on her. She heard noises coming from the basement and went downstairs, calling for Chun-Li and found her fighting against Cain. She almost slipped as Cain directly threw his needles at her. Sensed that Eliza is in danger, Chun-Li slipped through the needles and attacked Cain with her Senretsukyaku and finished him off with Tenshoukyaku.
At the end, Ken returned home, heard what had happened and berated Chun-Li that if Eliza was in danger again, she will never step foot into his home again. Eliza, however reassured him that the incident gave her more confidence on being a wife of a martial artist, which Ken was in a state of shock.
Chun-Li also appears in Cammy's second short story on the second volume. On both volumes, Chun-Li's personality is more lively and girly in which the author apologized to fans in her notes.
In the 1990s, Malibu Comics produced a short-lived series of Street Fighter comics, which featured Chun-Li as having known Ryu and Ken since at least their later teens, along with her having either a romantic involvement with or interest in Ryu. So far, it's the only comic or manga known to have shown Chun-Li with her hair down. The comic primarily focused not on Chun-Li or Ryu in particular, but rather on the reaction of several of the characters to the murder of Ken Masters. As this comic was never finished (it was cancelled after only three issues), the storyline was never resolved, and no mention was made of Chun-Li's father or of her connections to Interpol. This series was apparently produced sometime before the release of Super Street Fighter II, as none of the characters introduced in that game appeared in it.
Chun-Li becomes once again involved in the hunt for Shadaloo at her first year at Interpol with her father, However, it is not Bison who is the killer of Chun-Li's father personally by himself, but rather Killer Bee who was controlling, prior to her being freed from Bison's control. Chun-Li battles Cammy when they meet face to face for the first time. Chun-Li winds up forgiving Cammy for her actions due to the fact that as she was a brainwashed servant of Bison's at that time, she was not responsible for the murder of Chun-Li's father, Bison was.
As a result, she has turned her sights onto Bison in the hopes of attaining her revenge. Chun-Li's mode of dress changes several times throughout the series, from outfits worn in Street Fighter Alpha, to her more traditional qipao from the Street Fighter II games. She has received an invitation from Shadaloo to enter a tournament being held by Bison.
After Bison's defeat, Chun-Li decided to take the role of a teacher like Gen, inspiring other kids to do what is right, much like her father did with her during her early years, at some point she discovered a secret Shadaloo base and was captured by Vega
Chun-Li, along with various other Capcom and SEGA characters, is set to appear in the second Sonic the Hedgehog/MegaMan crossover comic, Worlds Unite. She is the first Street Fighter character to appear after being informed by Sticks that she would be taken over by a monstrous that known as Sigma and goes to help them out.
However, at the end of the crossover, the events of this story was altered due to time being changed by Phane, making every character return back to their home world not and having no memory of Sigma nor the events of the story.
Chun-Li fights against an opponent who appears to be Dan who defeats her and is later revealed to be Zartan.
Street Fighter EX series
Since the storyline of Street Fighter EX is an alternate storyline, it takes place around the time that the event depicted in Street Fighter Alpha would have occurred. As such, M. Bison is very much at large, and in the process of building up his Shadaloo army.
Freshly initiated into the Interpol ranks, Chun-Li is in pursuit of M. Bison and all of the information that she can obtain about his army's whereabouts. However, many of Chun-Li's efforts are thwarted and she makes little progress in locating Bison throughout the tournament. Bison's attentions are on a particular martial artist known as Ryu.
The situation is complicated further when Chun-Li is asked to return to the second EX tournament. She does not wish to go since it seems that M. Bison is not the one hosting the tournament, but rather a strange and unusual dictator named Shadowgeist. Her department wants her to investigate his activity, but her luck pays off when M. Bison returns, upset by the audacity that Geist displays in usurping Bison's tournament. Chun-Li manages to catch M. Bison and challenges him to a fight to avenge her father's death. Unbeknownst to her, Bison's Psycho Power had been enhanced by an attempted attack from Garuda, and she challenged him while he was in an unstable state, allowing him to defeat her quickly.
"How are you my father? I am fine myself. Where I am an ordinary citizen or an investigator, I always keep your words in mind. "Help others." Today, I've fulfilled my assignment without harm. And now I wrote you this letter. Wherever you are, you'll always be my father. Your daughter, Chun-Li"
"Father, wait for me, it seems I'll be joining you...soon..." Her wish while surpassing Bison's demonic fist was for the annihilation of Shadaloo and peace for her late father. The beautiful warrior dances today.
It seems as if Chun-Li'a assignment was going to be over, having captured Vega, the leader of the drug syndicate Shadaloo, avenging her father. However, she let her guard down when Vega revealed to her that he knows where her father is. "..F-father.." As she drifted away from consciouness, she could see her father's face as if it was a dream.
Chun-Li awoke in a hospital the next day with a renewed purpose.
"I won't cry anymore."
"All traces led to nothing..."
Chun-Li was overcome with a light feeling of exhaustion. She removed her hair clippers and shook her head left and right. Chun-Li's long black hair transformed her shadow.
Here are the results of my investigation.
MISSION: Obtain information surrounding the tournament.
REPORT: As we had assumed, it was General M.Bison who was head of the tournament, Unfortunately, we failed to apprehend him. However, I noticed signs that another evil organisation might exist. This would pose an entirely new threat to our investigation, I recommend that someone look into the organisation immediately.
ICPO Special Investigator, Chun-Li
- Chun-Li and Ryu have made the most crossover appearances out of the entire Street Fighter roster. However Chun-Li appears in fewer Street Fighter series games than Ryu and Ken (both debuting in the game prior to her debut as well as appearing in the first two installments of the Street Fighter III series, Chun-Li not appearing until the third installment, except for a cameo appearance in Ryu's stage).
- Chun-Li is one of the six characters in the Street Fighter IV series to have second rivals. Her second rival is Juri.
- According to an interview, Chun-Li's daily training regimen (at least during SFII) includes 7000 squat repetitions and bench pressing 150 kg. As a result her daily training, she takes pride in her foot moves. The spectacular active rumor is she's the target of Japan's female pro wrestling world scouts.
- She's a narcotics investigator during the SFII series, an Interpol officer during SFA1 and SFA2, and an anti-Shadaloo special criminal investigator during SFA3 (she was promoted to that position in her SFA1 ending, although that ending is non-canon but it's the position she seems to have during SFA3) The narcotics division is a special division within Interpol.
- From an interview with Eri-pyon, credited to Chun Li's Zero (Alpha) series design, she wears Adidas TRX sneakers.
- Chun-Li wanted to learn martial arts at the age of five because she saw a Bruce Lee movie, and is mentioned to be an avid Bruce Lee fan, with posters of him in her room and also having the same philosophies. The fact that Fei Long resembles Bruce Lee and how that would affect Chun-Li's viewpoint of Fei Long has never been mentioned.
- Chun-Li is an only child.
- Chun-Li's stage throughout the renditions of Street Fighter II has changed from morning to afternoon and later to dusk.
- In Street Fighter X Tekken, there is a running gag about Chun-Li's age when she faces certain female Tekken characters, e.g. Alisa and Xiaoyu, who comment about her age in their win quotes. Her win quote towards Nina also implies that Chun-Li is too embarrassed to speak of her age.
- In Street Fighter II V, Chun-Li is only two years younger than Ryu and Ken, while her official birth date has her as four years younger.
- During the Development of Street Fighter II, one of the game’s designer, Yoshiki Okamoto, originally wanted Chun-Li's health bar to be shorter than the other fighters'. He said “You know how each character has a life bar? At one point, I wanted to make the power gauge for Chun-Li shorter than for the other characters because women are not as strong. But [another designer] didn’t want to do that. We both had legitimate reasons, but then we came to an agreement to not make it shorter.”
- The concept of fighters having different amounts of health would be further refined during later games.
- Chun-Li's moves in the Street Fighter Alpha series
- Chun-Li's moves in the Street Fighter II series
- Chun-Li's moves in Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
- Chun-Li's moves in Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike
- Chun-Li's moves in Capcom vs. SNK 2
- Chun-Li's moves in Street Fighter EX plus α
- Chun-Li's moves in Street Fighter EX2 Plus
- Chun-Li's moves in Street Fighter EX3
- Chun-Li's moves in Street Fighter IV
- Chun-Li's moves in Super Street Fighter IV
- Chun-Li's moves in Street Fighter X Tekken
- Chun-Li's moves in Ultra Street Fighter IV
- Chun-Li's moves in Street Fighter V
- Chun-Li's moves in Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition
- Chun-Li's moves in Street Fighter: The Movie (the arcade version)
- Chun-Li's moves in Street Fighter: The Movie (the console version)
- Chun-Li's moves in Street Fighter Online: Mouse Generation
- Ultra Street Fighter IV Profile Archived from The original
- Street Fighter: World Warrior Encyclopedia Hardcover
- Street Fighter II SNES manual, p.26
- Street Fighter V Stat Card
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- Gal's Island #2 Capcom interviews
- ALL ABOUT Series Vol. 14: ALL ABOUT Street Fighter ZERO 2. ISBN # 4-900700-23-1 Pag.27. Publisher Denpa Shinbunsha. Release Date 6-30-1996
- Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist Interview
|Street Fighter II Characters|
|The World Warrior||Blanka · Chun-Li · Dhalsim · E. Honda · Guile · Ken · Ryu · Zangief|
|Champion Edition||Balrog · M. Bison · Sagat · Vega|
|Super||Cammy · Dee Jay · Fei Long · T. Hawk|
|Ultra||Evil Ryu · Shin Akuma · Violent Ken|
|Street Fighter: The Movie Characters|
|Core Roster||Akuma · Balrog · Cammy · Chun-Li · E. Honda · Guile · Ken|
M. Bison · Ryu · Sagat · Sawada · Vega · Zangief
|Arcade Only||Arkane · Blade · F7 · Khyber|
|Console Only||Blanka · Dee Jay|
|CPU Only||Super Bison|
|Street Fighter Alpha Characters|
|Alpha||Adon · Akuma · Birdie · Charlie · Chun-Li · Dan · Guy|
Ken · M. Bison · Rose · Ryu · Sagat · Sodom
|Alpha 2||Original||Dhalsim · Evil Ryu · Gen · Rolento · Sakura · Zangief|
|Alpha 3||Original||Balrog · Blanka · Cody · E. Honda · Juli · Juni · Karin · R. Mika · Vega|
|Console||Dee Jay · Fei Long · Guile · T. Hawk|
|Upper||Eagle · Maki · Yun|
|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|
|Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix Characters|
|Akuma · Chun-Li · Dan · Ibuki · Ken · Ryu · Sakura · Zangief|
|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|
|SNK vs. Capcom Characters|
|The Match of the Millennium||Akuma · Chun-Li · Dan · Evil Ryu · Guile|
Ken · M. Bison · Ryu · Sakura · Zangief
|Millennium Fight 2000||Balrog · Blanka · Cammy · Dhalsim · E. Honda · Sagat · Vega|
|Mark of the Millennium 2001||Eagle · Kyosuke · Maki · Rolento · Shin Akuma · Yun|
|SVC Chaos||Hugo · Violent Ken|
|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|
|Street Fighter Online: Mouse Generation Characters|
|Akira · Batsu · Chun-Li · Guile · Ken · Ryu · Shin · Zangief|
|Street Fighter IV Characters|
|Original||Abel · Akuma · Balrog · Blanka · Chun-Li · C. Viper · Dhalsim · E. Honda|
El Fuerte · Guile · Ken · M. Bison · Rufus · Ryu · Sagat · Vega · Zangief
|Console||Cammy · Dan · Fei Long · Gen · Gouken · Rose · Seth · Sakura|
|Super||Adon · Cody · Dee Jay · Dudley · Guy · Hakan · Ibuki · Juri · Makoto · T. Hawk|
|Arcade Edition||Evil Ryu · Oni · Yang · Yun|
|Ultra||Decapre · Elena · Hugo · Poison · Rolento|
|Tatsunoko vs. Capcom Characters|
|Alex · Batsu · Chun-Li · Ryu|
|Street Fighter X Tekken Characters|
|Core Roster||Abel · Akuma · Balrog · Cammy · Chun-Li · Dhalsim · Guile · Hugo · Ibuki · Juri|
Ken · M. Bison · Poison · Rufus · Rolento · Ryu · Sagat · Vega · Zangief
|Downloadable||Blanka · Cody · Dudley · Elena · Guy · Sakura|
|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 · Oro · Rose|
|CPU Only||AS · Aprile · Decapre · Enero · Février · Juli · März · Peter|
Phantom Bison · Santamu · Satsuki · Shadow · Shadow Lady · Two P