Street Fighter Alpha/Characters/Balrog
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As a boxer, Balrog has no kick attacks. All of the kick buttons make Balrog perform other kinds of punches. When Street Fighter II was localized in America, Capcom was afraid of a lawsuit from Mike Tyson over a character with his likeness and a similar sounding name (Mike Bison).
Balrog was once a great boxing champion and prize fighter. He was banned from boxing for permanently injuring his opponents, as well as using his illegal maneuvers (particularly elbow blows, headbutts and even waist-down attacks), so he joined the Shadoloo criminal organization, and worked his way up from the bottom, eventually becoming Bison's enforcer. While running errands for M. Bison (Vega in Japan), he killed Dhalsim's elephant with a single Gigaton Punch. In one mission, Balrog was sent to terminate Birdie. Although he did not know why, Balrog went anyway. Birdie told him about the Psycho Drive, and Balrog agreed to help him find it, thinking he could make money from it. When the Psycho Drive exploded, Balrog realized that he had not been paid recently. When M. Bison was killed at the hands of Akuma, ownership of Shadoloo was transferred to the former prize fighter. Unfortunately, he ended up running the entire organization into the ground in no time. After the fall of Shadaloo, Balrog ended up working as a Casino security guard in Las Vegas to get by, until much later, whereupon he received his position back and was tasked with guarding M. Bison's new clones.
 Key Battles
|Street Fighter Alpha 3 5th Fight||Gen|
|Street Fighter Alpha 3 9th Fight||Birdie|
|Street Fighter Alpha 3 Boss||M. Bison|