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SFA3 Zangief.gif

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Zangief is a close range character as he is a wrestling type. Many of his moves are more complicated to pull off due to the 360 motions input required to perform the moves, making him a character for advanced players. Zangief is one of the slowest of all characters in Street Fighter yet is still one of the most effective. His "spinning piledriver" is the single most damaging regular move in the series. Zangief's Flying Stomach block attack is the only standard move capable of dizzying a character in one hit.

Zangief's name is possibly based on real-life pro wrestler Victor Zangiev, a former Soviet amateur who trained as a professional in NJPW, and who also competed in WCW and UWF International. Zangief is still listed as being from the Soviet Union in all Street Fighter games, even those produced after the fall of the Soviet Union. This may be due to the fact that the majority of games he appears in take place at a time before the Soviet Union's fall.

Zangief is said to have trained by wrestling polar bears in Siberia, on which he practiced his trademark Spinning Piledriver after being picked up by a cyclone while performing a piledriver on a bear. The scars covering his body are said to have been the results of wrestling with bears.

His involvement in the Alpha series is limited, seen mostly as a series of mishaps that occur while Zangief is touring the world while promoting himself, and continuing to train to become the greatest wrestler in the world. His fame (at least in Russia) is evidenced by enamored fan R. Mika's decision to seek him out and challenge him to a wrestling match. He becomes unwittingly involved in the plot to destroy M. Bison's Psycho Drive.

Key Battles[edit]

Battle Opponent
Street Fighter Alpha 2 Mid-Boss Birdie
Street Fighter Alpha 2 Boss Ken
Street Fighter Alpha 3 5th Fight Rolento
Street Fighter Alpha 3 9th Fight Chun-Li
Street Fighter Alpha 3 Boss M. Bison

Moves[edit]

Street Fighter Alpha 2[edit]

Portrait SFA2 Zangief.png
Name Input
Piledriver close, Arcade-Stick-Left.png or Arcade-Stick-Right.png+ Arcade-Button-MPunch.png
Back Drop close, Arcade-Stick-Left.png or Arcade-Stick-Right.png+ Arcade-Button-HPunch.png
Kamitsuki close, Arcade-Stick-Left.png or Arcade-Stick-Right.png+ Arcade-Button-MKick.png or Arcade-Button-HKick.png
Stomach Claw close, Arcade-Stick-DR.png+ Arcade-Button-MPunch.png or Arcade-Button-HPunch.png
Body Press Jump diagonally, Arcade-Stick-Down.png+ Arcade-Button-HPunch.png
Double Knee Drop Jump diagonally, Arcade-Stick-Down.png+ Arcade-Button-LKick.png or Arcade-Button-MKick.png
Kuuchuu Headbutt Arcade-Modifier-Air.pngArcade-Stick-Up.png+ Arcade-Button-MPunch.png or Arcade-Button-HPunch.png
Dynamite Kick Arcade-Stick-DL.png+ Arcade-Button-MKick.png
Russian Kick Arcade-Stick-DL.png+ Arcade-Button-HKick.png
Double Lariat Arcade-Button-3xPunch.png (move Arcade-Stick-Left.pngorArcade-Stick-Right.png)
Quick Double Lariat Arcade-Button-3xKick.png (move Arcade-Stick-Left.pngorArcade-Stick-Right.png)
Screw Piledriver Arcade-Stick-360.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png
Flying Powerbomb Arcade-Stick-360.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png
Atomic Suplex close, Arcade-Stick-360.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png
Banishing Flat Arcade-Stick-Dp.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png
Final Atomic Buster Arcade-Stick-360.pngArcade-Stick-360.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png
Aerial Russian Slam Arcade-Stick-Qcf.pngArcade-Stick-DDf.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png

SFA2 EX Zangief[edit]

Portrait SFA2 Zangief.png
Name Input
Piledriver close, Arcade-Stick-Left.png or Arcade-Stick-Right.png+ Arcade-Button-MPunch.png
Back Drop close, Arcade-Stick-Left.png or Arcade-Stick-Right.png+ Arcade-Button-HPunch.png
Kamitsuki close, Arcade-Stick-Left.png or Arcade-Stick-Right.png+ Arcade-Button-MKick.png or Arcade-Button-HKick.png
Stomach Claw close, Arcade-Stick-DR.png+ Arcade-Button-MPunch.png or Arcade-Button-HPunch.png
Flying Body Attack Jump diagonally, Arcade-Stick-Down.png+ Arcade-Button-HPunch.png
Double Knee Drop Jump diagonally, Arcade-Stick-Down.png+ Arcade-Button-LKick.png or Arcade-Button-MKick.png
Kuuchuu Headbutt Arcade-Modifier-Air.pngArcade-Stick-Up.png+ Arcade-Button-MPunch.png or Arcade-Button-HPunch.png
Double Lariat Arcade-Button-3xPunch.png (move Arcade-Stick-Left.pngorArcade-Stick-Right.png)
Screw Piledriver Arcade-Stick-360.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png

Street Fighter Alpha 3[edit]

Portrait SFA3 Zangief.png
Name Input
XAV Back Drop Arcade-Stick-Left.png or Arcade-Stick-Right.png+ Arcade-Button-2xPunch.png
XAV Kamitsuki Arcade-Stick-Left.png or Arcade-Stick-Right.png+ Arcade-Button-2xKick.png
XAV Stomach Claw Arcade-Stick-DL.png or Arcade-Stick-DR.png+ Arcade-Button-2xPunch.png
XAV Piledriver Arcade-Stick-DL.png or Arcade-Stick-DR.png+ Arcade-Button-2xKick.png
XAV Flying Piledriver Arcade-Modifier-Air.pngArcade-Stick-Left.png or Arcade-Stick-Right.png+ Arcade-Button-2xPunch.png
XAV Body Press Jump diagonally, Arcade-Stick-Down.png+ Arcade-Button-HPunch.png
XAV Double Knee Drop Jump diagonally, Arcade-Stick-Down.png+ Arcade-Button-LKick.png or Arcade-Button-MKick.png
XAV Kuuchuu Headbutt Arcade-Modifier-Air.pngArcade-Stick-Down.png+ Arcade-Button-MPunch.png or Arcade-Button-HPunch.png
X   Headbutt Arcade-Stick-Right.png+ Arcade-Button-HPunch.png
  V Headbutt Arcade-Stick-Right.png+ Arcade-Button-MPunch.png
XAV Dynamite Kick Arcade-Stick-DL.png+ Arcade-Button-MKick.png
XAV Russian Kick Arcade-Stick-DL.png+ Arcade-Button-HKick.png
XAV Double Lariat Arcade-Button-3xPunch.png (move Arcade-Stick-Left.pngorArcade-Stick-Right.png)
XAV Quick Double Lariat Arcade-Button-3xKick.png (move Arcade-Stick-Left.pngorArcade-Stick-Right.png)
XAV Screw Piledriver Arcade-Stick-360.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png
XAV Flying Powerbomb Arcade-Stick-360.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png
XAV Atomic Suplex close, Arcade-Stick-360.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png
X   Banishing Flat Arcade-Stick-Qcd.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png
 AV Banishing Flat Arcade-Stick-Dp.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png
XA  Final Atomic Buster Arcade-Stick-360.pngArcade-Stick-360.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png
 A  Aerial Russian Slam Arcade-Stick-Qcf.pngArcade-Stick-DDf.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png