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"I got this fight! (この勝負もらった! Kono shoubu moratta?)"
—Yang (Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike)

"Let's get this started! (この勝負貰った! Kono shoubu moratta!?)"
—Yang (Street Fighter IV series)

Yang (ヤン・リー Yan rī?, Simplified Chinese: 李阳, Lǐ yáng) is a video game character from the Street Fighter series, first appearing in Street Fighter III: New Generation as a palette swap of his older twin brother, Yun, before being given a unique moveset in Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact. He is an introverted inline skater from Hong Kong, skilled in the art of Chinese Kung Fu.



Having started off as a simple head swap of his brother, Yang's appearance is similar to that of his brother in many aspects. His changshan is red with a black and yellow trim. Like his brother, Yang also wears yellow fingerless gloves that cover his forearms, dark pants, and sneakers. Unlike Yun, however, he does not wear a cap. Instead, Yang sports a rather distinctive hairstyle, with incredibly long and jagged bangs which protrude quite some distance from his forehead. Yang is seen riding on his rollerblades when not fighting.


Gundam Wing

Yang & Yun art from ALL ABOUT Street Fighter III, published before the arcade release

During the development of Super Street Fighter II, the team initially envisioned two twin martial artists that shared a bodytype, along with Cammy and T. Hawk. American designer James Goddard felt that it would be redundant to have another pair of characters with the same fighting style, prompting Capcom to instead create Dee Jay, with the martial artist eventually evolving into Fei Long. Four years later, this concept would be reborn with the twins Yun and Yang.

The team wanted Yang and Yun to be popular characters from the start.[5] They were made to be flashier than the main character, and wanted them to utilize the parry system using their kung-fu.[5] Yang is modelled after Trowa Barton from Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, while Yun is modelled after Duo Maxwell.

Various attacks are modeled after the martial arts manga Kenji, particularly the Senkyutai as portrayed by Su Yu-Chang. The combination of Praying Mantis Kung Fu and Bajiquan matches the protagonist Kenji's own skillset. Originally the brothers would lean on their left knee while covering it with their hands, similar to how Kenji Goh does when greeting a fellow martial artist, but this special intro never made it into the game.[6][7]

Further inspiration for the Lee twin's dynamic may stem from the Jean Claude Van Damme 1991 action movie Double Impact, where Van Damme played the role of the Hong Kong born twins Alex and Chad Griffith.


Yang is the less cocky of the two Lee brothers, with a cool, quiet, and self-carrying personality. However, he can also be condescending and a bit mouthy, and exhibits an eagerness to prove himself, though mainly to prove himself stronger than his brother as opposed to all fighters. His remix of their theme in Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition is more calm and pleasant sounding in its beat, reflecting this.

Like Yun, he is a film enthusiast, and when he encounters Fei Long in Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, in his win quote he asks if he is "the real Fei Long" and then plan to tell Yun about meeting him. He also comments on Decapre looking like she came from "some crummy B movie".



His older twin brother. They have their moments of agreeing and disagreeing, but their mutual outlook is heavily implied to see-saw at times, often getting in trouble with their uncles as a result of Yun wanting to try things and Yang getting dragged along. Brotherly fights among them are common and often seen as practice.


Yang seems to have a good relationship with Hoimei, as she is apparently less antagonistic with him than she is to Yun. He used to have feelings for Hoimei, but knows she likes Yun and gives up hoping on her.


The younger sister of Hoimei. Shaomei has a crush on Yang, but is afraid to admit it. She is quiet and shy, in contrast to her sister.


Yang holds her in high regard, not only as an elder figure, but someone to look up to.



Early life[]

The Lee Brothers were separated from their parents at birth, due to their father helping the bosses in the underworld and was involved in a conflict, resulting in both their disapearances. The brothers would be named Yun and Yang by eight noteworthy and influential leaders of Hong Kong's underworld who support them as their godparents.[8][9]

While growing up, they were raised by their herbalist and acupuncturist grandfather, who was the best kung fu master in the city. He taught them the arts of Chinese Kung Fu. During his youth he had the nickname "Blue Dragon" (青龍?).[4]

While they own the restaurant Shinryuken, they are also active in their communities, helping maintain the peace and settling disputes. Their Uncle Lee appears in the first Street Fighter.

Street Fighter IV series[]

He appears in Chun-Li's opening movie in Street Fighter IV with Yun. The twins also make a brief appearance in her Super Street Fighter IV ending.

In Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Yang, with his twin brother Yun, followed Chun-Li on her mission to take down S.I.N., with the pair thinking that anything or anyone Chun-Li considers worth fighting must be an interesting challenge. He also uses this opportunity to test his skills against other fighters besides Yun and his uncles.

After the adventure, Yun and Yang get into trouble because they wandered off without telling any of their uncles. As they get dealt their punishment, Yang runs into Chun-Li. Yang thanks her, stating he would not have fought such strong opponents had it not been for her influence. The siblings bid her farewell and hope to see her again someday.

Street Fighter III series[]

In New Generation, Yang is selectable only as a "palette swap" of Yun. In the later two games, he is a separate character with his own unique set of special attacks and super arts.

Yang, along with Yun, entered the World Warrior tournament to show their skills. They later found and fought Gill, who appreciated their effort and granted them leadership of their town. They passionately turned down his offer, since they only fought him to stop his maniacal plans. Yang later sarcastically remarks about Gill's proposition beratingly, with Yun reminding him of their roles for their hometown.

In Yang's ending, he and Yun are having a quarrel (or have been out for too long fighting) only to be stopped by Hoimei and her sister Shaomei. Shaomei tells him that Hoimei was expressing her relief to see them again and gives them advice to not act so reckless. Yang agrees and goes with Shaomei while Yun gets his ear pinched by Hoimei.

Other appearances[]

Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX[]

While Yang is not playable in the Alpha series, he does appear in Yun's story in the portable versions of Street Fighter Alpha 3. Yang and his twin brother Yun are searching around the world for the legendary movie star Fei Long, so they could become famous movie stars. They have a run-in with Dee Jay, who by chance is known to associate with Fei Long, and so Yun fought him and won. Yun heard rumors of Fei-Long working with Shadaloo, but Dee Jay claims they were false, knowing Fei Long was no crook. With Dee Jay's help, they finally find Fei Long and fight him to know the truth.

After the Lee Brothers won, Fei Long told Yun and Yang that he had simply infiltrated Shadaloo to get closer to their evil leader, M. Bison. The Lee Brothers decided to help Fei Long in order to save the world from Shadaloo. Unfortunately, the Lee Brothers and Fei Long were then caught by Shadaloo. They successfully escaped, and began to work their way to Bison. Fei Long let Yun finish off the rest of Shadaloo's Dolls, while he finds and fights Bison. Yun finds Fei Long defeated at Bison's feet. Bison asks the Lee Brothers to join him and Shadaloo, but they refuse. And so, they fight, and with the help of Fei Long, the Lee Brothers are victorious. Fei Long thanks them, and in return the Lee brothers got their wish to become movie stars and starred in their own movie, Street King 2: Three Dragons.


Street Fighter III: Ryu Final[]

Yang appears as an opponent in the Street Fighter III: Ryu Final manga. Though he initially served as more of a challenge to Ryu than his brother due to his faster, unpredictable moves, his blows lacked physical power and he was defeated as well. He was last seen recovering from his wounds with Yun.

UDON comics[]

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  • Yang makes a brief appearance in the Half Pipe stage in Street Fighter X Tekken, watching the fight as his brother skateboards behind him. The stage is also in Ultra Street Fighter IV, but Yang will only appear if he's not fighting on it.


Fighting style[]

Yang fights using Chinese martial arts based on Bājíquán[1] combined with Praying Mantis Kung Fu.


Yang's techniques were in the beginning identical to Yun in New Generation, but since 2nd Impact, he has received his own moveset, differentiating from his brother in playstyle. His martial arts are said to be reflective of his temperament, like that of "tidal waves"; akin to flowing water that gradually builds up with a rhythm and comes to overwhelm with all of its might at the right time.

His techniques include the Tourouzan, a slashing move similar to Fei Long's Rekkaken; Senkyutai, a kick which (depending on the button) can strike immediately or roll towards the opponent before hitting; Byakko Soshoda, a double palmstrike at the opponent (similar to the Kobukushi but with slightly more range due to the full extension of his elbows); and Kaihou, a command dash. He still shares Zenpou Tenshin with Yun, a position-changing command grab similar to Fei Long's.

His Super Arts in 3rd Strike are Raishin Mahaken, Tenshin Senkyutai, and Seiei Enbu; as with many characters introduced in SFIII, they would return as Ultra Combos in Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (with Seiei Enbu as the Super Combo).









Title Game Artist Track
Street Fighter
Crowded Street Street Fighter III: New Generation Yuki Iwai
Crowded Street (Drum and Bass Mix) Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact Hideki Okugawa
Crowded Street [Third Edit] Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Hideki Okugawa
Crowded Street ~Shopping District~ Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition Hideki Okugawa
Theme of Yang -SSFIV AE Arrange- Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition Hideyuki Fukasawa


  • In the SFIII Q&A from Gamest's SFIII Fanbook, Yun and Yang's dreams are to make the city bigger, make a lot of money, and enriching the people who live there.[10]
    • The brothers play an active role in city events and are asked to arbitrate for the city's troubles, making them the de facto enforcers and peacekeepers of the city.[11]
    • In Gamest World, Kinu Nishimura confirms that Yun and Yang are street gangsters, albeit well-meaning ones.[9]
  • Despite how most fans and media pronounce his name, Yang's name is moreso pronounced as "Yah-ng".
  • Yang's Senkyuutai attack is similar to Lee's old rising kick attack; in fact, the short version performs the move exactly without Yang's startup roll.
  • Yun and Yang's theme in all of the Street Fighter III games bear a resemblance to the theme of the James Bond movies, having similar chords. This is most recognizable with the Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike variant.
  • In some early CPS3 revisions of Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, Yang's Tenshin Senkyutai Super Art glitches in the VS. Screen when he is selected by Player 2; the name becomes Magnetic Storm, though when selected, it is still Tenshin Senkyutai. This was fixed in later revisions as well as the console ports.
  • In the parody fighting game Divekick, a character named "Dive" is a parody of Yang.
  • In 3rd Strike, if Yang wins three matches in a row, a white cat with greenish eyes will appear in the intro of subsequent matches on Yang's side, that will look around and dash away as the fight begins. Same cat will go back to Yang's side if he wins the match.
  • In 2nd Impact, Yang's stage on the left center side has a statue of Sun Wukong (famously known as Son Gokuu in Japanese on'yomi) from Journey to the West, sealed inside his prison of Five Finger Mountain (known as Five Elements Mountain here like in some other sources). Destroying the statue instead breaks the mountain to reveal the Wukong statue in pristine condition, which references his eventual release from the mountain after 500 years in the source material.
  • In New Generation and 3rd Strike on Yun's version of the Crowded Street stage, Yang (if he is not the opponent) will spectate the fight if Yun is one of the combatants. If Yun is knocked out in front of Yang, he will look down in disappointment, while if he wins the round, he will look up at the screen.
  • In Street Fighter Unlimited Ibuki refers to both Yun and Yang collectively as "Double Dragons". This is likely a reference to their similarities to Billy and Jimmy from the Double Dragon series of beat 'em up games, though in their case, each has their own love interests, Hoimei and Shaomei, respectively.

See also[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Ultra Street Fighter IV Profile Archived from The original
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Street Fighter: World Warrior Encyclopedia Hardcover
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Capcom 30th Anniversary Character Encyclopedia
  4. 4.0 4.1 Street Fighter V Character Encyclopedia: Yang
  5. 5.0 5.1 Round 4: Tomoshi Sadamoto Part 3 Archived from The original
  6. For the time being, I found that BALL BOY, who is in charge of twins, commented that "the manga" Kenji "was used as a reference when making the two." (とりあえず、双子担当のBALL BOYさんが、「ふたりを作るにあたって参考にしたのは『拳児』という漫画」とコメントしているのは見つけました。) from Twitter
  7. This would appear if the brothers confront one another. Yun and Yang made a Kenji-style ritual. I didn't do it after all. (同キャラ、 もしくは兄弟対決の時の登場。ユンと同じくヤンも拳児風の礼を作りました。結局ださなかったけど。) from Secret Files (No. 16, 1997)
  8. Shinseisha's "Street Fighter III Fan Book"
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Brothers Yun and Yang are, so to speak, street gangsters, scary brothers in the city, and Ryu is that socially maladapted person."(「ユン&ヤン兄弟は、いわばストリートギャング、街のこわいお兄さんたちんたちですし、リュウはあのとぉりの社会不適応者です。」 ) from Gamest World.
  10. What are their dreams?
    "It's about making the city bigger, making a lot of money, and enriching the people who live there." (-彼らの夢はなんですか?「街を大きくし、デッカク儲けてそこに住む人たちが豊かになることです。」) from Shinseisha's "Street Fighter III Fan Book"
  11. What is their private life like?
    "They play an active part in city events, and are asked to arbitrate for the city's troubles."(-彼らの私生活は、どんな感じなのですか?「街のイベントで活躍したり、街のもめごとの仲裁を頼まれたりしています。」) from Shinseisha's "Street Fighter III Fan Book"
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