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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.
|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|
|Piledriver||close, or +|
|Back Drop||close, or +|
|Kamitsuki||close, or +||or|
|Stomach Claw||close, +||or|
|Flying Body Attack||Jump diagonally, +|
|Double Knee Drop||Jump diagonally, +||or|
|Double Lariat||(move or)|