Phantom Bison, or Phantom Vega (ファントム ベガ Fantomu Bega?), is a form M. Bison takes after his body is destroyed, his consciousness living on in an incorporeal form through Psycho Power. Despite the lack of a physical body, his will and power remain intact.
Phantom Bison looks nearly identical to M. Bison's appearance in his physical body, save for the fact that he is now a transparent shade of purple.
Even though he is in a non-corporeal state, his megalomaniacal personality remains the same, still having his like of world domination and dislikes of weak people and incompetent underlings.
Phantom Bison appears in the beginning of A Shadow Falls in the form of an illusion fought by Nash upon reawakening. He uses a near-identical moveset to his playable counterpart.
His Street Fighter V profile states that at the end of the Story Mode, after Bison's body was destroyed by Ryu, his consciousness remained, turning to an incorporeal form.
Phantom Bison appears in Ed's character story. After the events of A Shadow Falls, Phantom Bison appears and haunts Ed, trying to take over his body. Ed fights the spirit, and is victorious. It is unknown what happened to Phantom Bison afterwards.
Phantom Bison also appeared as an opponent in Falke's character story.
- Despite M. Bison's birthday being stated as April 17 by various sources, Phantom Bison's profile lists his birthday as unknown.
- Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition contains a challenge named Shadaloo Apparition with a powerful M. Bison as the opponent. Completing it grants the title Ghost of Shadaloo (シャドルーの亡霊 Shadorū no Bōrei?, the challenge and title have the same Japanese name). Despite the name, the opponent isn't Phantom Bison (transparent with one color), but Shin-Bison (a "normal" M. Bison with a white palette and far more powerful skills).
- Though he has yet to be shown to possess the ability to speak in the storyline, it's presumable that Norio Wakamoto and Gerald C. Rivers would still be his voice actors like his playable counterpart.
|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 · Luke · Oro · Rose|
|CPU Only||AS · Aprile · Decapre · Enero · Février · Juli · März · Peter|
Phantom Bison · Santamu · Satsuki · Shadow · Shadow Lady · Two P