Mech-Zangief (メカザンギエフ Mekazangiefu?, "Mecha-Zangief"), also referred to as P Mecha Zangie-F (PメカザンギF P Mekazangi F?), is a character originating from the Marvel vs. Capcom series, first appearing in Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter as a secret fighter. Originally presented as an alternate version of Zangief with a mechanically enhanced body, the Shadaloo Combat Research Institute character database would later re-introduce him as an anti-Zangief weapon created by Shadaloo.

Story[edit | edit source]

Street Fighter series[edit | edit source]

Mech-Zangief is given a proper introduction to the canon of the main Street Fighter series in supplemental material through way of a profile on the Street Fighter V Shadaloo Combat Research Institute website.

Mech-Zangief is a series of robotic weapons developed by Shadaloo, created specifically to combat Zangief. The initial model, known as "P Mecha Zangie-F" (the "P" standing for "Prototype") was created by modifying a Monitor Cyborg, giving it a steel body and teaching it numerous throwing attacks. Its body is coated with ceramic titanium and was designed to repel any attack.

P Mecha Zangie-F's signature technique is the Vodka Fire, which is produced by utilizing a stream of vodka fuel that runs throughout its body, setting it alight into a high-temperature blue flame. However, due to Shadaloo's information on Zangief's attacks being outdated, the prototype model lacks a "Banishing Energy" ejection port on its palm, leaving it unable to replicate Zangief's Banishing Flat maneuver. Several upgrades were introduced into a later model, known simply as "Mecha Zangie-F".

Under F.A.N.G's direction, Shadaloo is currently developing a third model, known as "Mecha Zangie-F Mrk3"[1]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Marvel vs. Capcom series[edit | edit source]

Mech-Zangief first appears in Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter as a secret character, appearing as a clone of Zangief, being much slower and lacking the Banishing Flat, which was replaced with Vodka Fire.

In addition to his debut appearance, Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes gave Zangief the ability to transform into Mech-Zangief through the Iron Body move, allowing him to stand a chance against much more speedy characters. He keeps this ability in the sequel.

SNK vs. Capcom series[edit | edit source]

In SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS, a Mech-Zangief (named "Metal Zangief" in the US version) card is present. Its description says that Zangief was given a metal body by Shadaloo, and now he's able to swig vodka and spit it out as a fire breath, and can't defend himself. Zangief regrets his new condition, and hopes to get back to normal.

Street Fighter IV series[edit | edit source]

Mech-Zangief appears again in Super Street Fighter IV as an alternate costume for Zangief, with a more robotic look. He also appears in the background of the Cosmic Elevator stage.

Street Fighter X Tekken[edit | edit source]

Mech-Zangief makes a cameo appearance in the Cosmic Elevator stage. This is retained when the stage is ported to Ultra Street Fighter IV.

Street Fighter V series[edit | edit source]

Mech-Zangief appears as an alternate costume for Zangief in Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, and is obtainable through the game's Extra Battle mode. This version is referred to as Mecha-Zangief Mk 3, which was previously referenced in the prototype Mecha-Zangief's Shadaloo Combat Research Institute entry.[2]

Street Fighter: Duel[edit | edit source]

Mech Zangief appears in Street Fighter: Duel under the name "Steel Zangief".

Comics[edit | edit source]

UDON) comics[edit | edit source]

Mech-Zangief appears in Street Fighter Unlimited #10's backup story, where he and fellow non-canon Street Fighter character Cyber-Akuma battle Ken in the future. It's later revealed that the whole story was actually an unreleased video game (inspired by Street Fighter 2010) being played by Ken's son Mel.

Gameplay and fighting style[edit | edit source]

Mech-Zangief is an even slower version of Zangief who can't block. To compensate, he gains permanent Super Armor, and he takes reduced damage from enemy attacks. He also cannot be knocked down or stunned, taking only a slight slowdown when hit by almost anything. He loses the Banishing Flat, but he can use a Yoga Flame-like attack, the Vodka Fire, and a new Hyper Combo, the Siberian Blizzard. He also explodes when defeated.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The "L Ceramical Titanium" that coats P Mecha Zangie-F's body is a reference to the Ceratanium alloy created by Dr. Light from the Mega Man series.
  • Mecha Zangief's slotted,metallic skin and red accents could be seen as a reference to Colossus, a Russian superhero from Marvel comics who often wears a red costume and has metallic, slotted skin.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Mech Zangief/Gallery

Sprites[edit | edit source]

Main article: Mech-Zangief/Sprites

References[edit | edit source]

Street Fighter series Playable Characters
Main Series
SF Logo.png Ken · Ryu
Street-fighter-ii-logo.png 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.png 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.png 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.png IV Abel · C. Viper · El Fuerte · Gouken · Rufus · Seth
Super Hakan · Juri
Arcade Edition Oni
Ultra Decapre · Poison
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Season 2 Abigail · Ed · Kolin · Menat · Zeku
Season 3 Falke · G
Season 4 Kage · Lucia
Season 5 Akira · Eleven
Spin-offs
Street Fighter The Movie Logo.png Arkane · Blade · F7 · Khyber · Sawada
Street-fighter-ii--the-animated-movie.png Cyborg
Sfexlogo.png 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.png MSHvSF Cyber-Akuma · Dark Sakura · Mech-Zangief · Shadow
MvC Shadow Lady
SFO.png Shin
Marvel vs. Capcom Characters
X-Men vs. Street Fighter Akuma · Cammy · Charlie · Chun-Li · Dhalsim
Ken · M. Bison · Ryu · Zangief
Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter Cyber-Akuma · Dan · Dark Sakura
Mech-Zangief · Sakura · Shadow
Marvel vs. Capcom Captain Commando · Shadow Lady
Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Guile
Marvel vs. Capcom 3 C. Viper · Haggar
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