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SSF2T Vega.gif

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Vega, known as Balrog in Japan, is one of the bosses of the Street Fighter II series. The style Vega uses to fight is loosely based on Zipota and Savate, both used as a means of self-discipline and defense by unarmed Spanish noblemen, sailors and honor guards of established families, as well as ninjutsu.

Vega is one of the fastest characters in the Street Fighter series, but also one of the most delicate; his defensive rating is unusually low compared to other characters, to balance his incredible speed. Vega's swiftness and flying special techniques make him well-suited for multi-hitting combination attacks, confusing cross-ups, or long range poking attacks with the reach-advantage provided by his claw. It takes exactly fourteen blocked hits for Vega to lose his claw. This reduces his attack range significantly, and prevents him from doing certain super attacks. Beginning inSuper Street Fighter II Turbo, Vega can pick up the claw.

Vega is the only character Street Fighter II character to constantly carry a weapon. This claw is useful for both stabbing and slashing attacks, and gives him a very long range compared to most characters. It is the same type of weapon worn by Geki in the original Street Fighter. Vega wears purple and yellow ceremonial pants, a red sash, loafers, and white leggings of a matador, suggesting his involvement with bullfighting. This decorative garb also offers matadors ease of movement, and is ideal for Vega's acrobatic maneuvers.

Vega does not wear his expressionless mask to conceal his identity; he removes it after fights, during his win poses, as well as in certain character-select images in various games he appears in. The mask is purely to protect his face from scarring or bruising during battle, since he believes himself to be impossibly beautiful and is obsessively narcissistic. This mask is not particularly sturdy; it is smashed in during Vega's lose portrait in Street Fighter II. Vega has a purple snake tattoo on his chest, which also circles his arm. This shows him to be a villain to a Japanese audience, where body tattoos are usually worn by Yakuza members.

Background[edit]

Vega was born to a privileged Catalonian family in Spain. For reasons undisclosed, their status dwindled, causing Vega's mother to remarry for financial security. As he matured, Vega studied bullfighting, a cultural tradition. Afterward, he went to Japan and learned ninjutsu, a style he believed meshed well with his natural grace and agility. Combining bullfighting with ninjutsu, Vega went into an underground cage fighting circuit, and quickly became one of the best. His stepfather murdered his mother because he felt she did not respect him, and Vega killed him in return. The incident warped his mind, and he developed a dual personality: honorable nobleman by day, sadistic murderer by night.

Due to Vega's superb fighting ability and remorseless nature, the criminal leader known as M. Bison instated Vega as one of his three personal grand master bodyguards in the Shadoloo organization. Vega oversaw assassination operations for Shadoloo as well, and was associated with Cammy and the Shadoloo assassins known as The Dolls. Despite his savage and brutal fighting ability, Vega failed to protect Bison's secret Psycho Drive project. It is unknown what Vega has been doing since the fall of Shadoloo, although it's assumed he still continues his murderous rampages.

HD Remix[edit]

  • Back Slash command changed to Arcade-Button-LPunch.png+Arcade-Button-LKick.png for small version; Arcade-Button-MPunch.png+Arcade-Button-MKick.png OR Arcade-Button-HPunch.png+Arcade-Button-HKick.png for double flip version (old commands of Arcade-Button-3xKick.png and Arcade-Button-3xPunch.png still work)
  • Scarlet Terror can no longer be charged Arcade-Stick-CB.png (must be charged Arcade-Stick-CDb.png).
  • Off-the-wall attack no longer knocks down
  • New Wall Dive Fake: After going off the wall (charge down, then up+k), you can press kick again to drop without attacking.


Techniques[edit]

Name Description
Back Slash Vega can perform two different kinds of back flips, a long and a short one. While performing these flips, Vega moves away from the opponent and is invulnerable to projectile or physical attacks until he is back on his feet again.
Rolling Crystal Flash From a tucked position, Vega charges up his energy before launching himself forward in a series of forward tumbles, with his claw extended out towards the opponent, ending with a crouching punch. It can connect with opponents for multiple hits at a time.
Flying Barcelona Attack Vega can leap into the air, towards one of the walls of the arena, and spring off of it to attack his opponent. If the player presses Punch alone while in mid-air, Vega spreads his arms and claws out to strike his opponent on the way down.
Izuna Drop A little more difficult to pull off, after springing off the wall, if the player pushes forward on the joystick along with a punch button when Vega is close to his opponent, he will lift the opponent off the ground and drop them on their back, all before landing back down on the ground.
Sky High Claw In Super Street Fighter II, Vega gains the ability to leap off of a wall, and immediately spring at his opponent, claw first, in a very fast move that is designed to take opponents by surprise. But it leaves Vega very open to counter-attack if the move is blocked.
Scarlet Terror In Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Vega is given one additional move, in which he employs his back flip animation as an offensive attack. It is useful as an anti-air counter, and it moves Vega forward instead of back.
Rolling Izuna Drop Vega has one of the most difficult Super Moves to execute in the entire game. After executing the proper motion, Vega will leap into the air and bounce off of the wall, moving towards the opponent. If the player executes an Izuna Drop properly, Vega will lift the opponent off the floor and proceed slam the opponent on the ground several times. If the player opts to press Punch alone instead, Vega will perform the Flying Barcelona Attack, and the super meter will not be depleted.

Moves[edit]

Street Fighter II Champion Edition[edit]

Portrait SF2CE Vega.png
Name Input
Sankaku Tobi Jump against a wall, press in opposite direction
Rainbow Suplex close, Arcade-Stick-Left.png or Arcade-Stick-Right.png+ Arcade-Button-MPunch.png or Arcade-Button-HPunch.png
Stardust Drop Arcade-Modifier-Air.pngclose, Arcade-Stick-Left.png or Arcade-Stick-Right.png+ Arcade-Button-MPunch.png or Arcade-Button-HPunch.png
Back Slash Arcade-Stick-Left.pngArcade-Stick-Left.png
Rolling Crystal Flash Arcade-Stick-CB.pngArcade-Stick-Right.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png
Flying Barcelona Attack Arcade-Stick-CDU.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png, then Arcade-Button-Punch.png
Izuna Drop Arcade-Stick-CDU.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png, then Arcade-Stick-Left.pngorArcade-Stick-Right.png+Arcade-Button-Punch.png when close.

Street Fighter II Turbo[edit]

Portrait SF2T Vega.png
Name Input
Sankaku Tobi Jump against a wall, press in opposite direction
Rainbow Suplex close, Arcade-Stick-Left.png or Arcade-Stick-Right.png+ Arcade-Button-MPunch.png or Arcade-Button-HPunch.png
Stardust Drop Arcade-Modifier-Air.pngclose, Arcade-Stick-Left.png or Arcade-Stick-Right.png+ Arcade-Button-MPunch.png or Arcade-Button-HPunch.png
Back Slash Arcade-Button-3xPunch.png
Rolling Crystal Flash Arcade-Stick-CB.pngArcade-Stick-Right.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png
Flying Barcelona Attack Arcade-Stick-CDU.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png, then Arcade-Button-Punch.png
Izuna Drop Arcade-Stick-CDU.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png, then Arcade-Stick-Left.pngorArcade-Stick-Right.png+Arcade-Button-Punch.png when close.

Super Street Fighter II[edit]

Portrait SSF2 Vega.png
Name Input
Sankaku Tobi Jump against a wall, press in opposite direction
Rainbow Suplex close, Arcade-Stick-Left.png or Arcade-Stick-Right.png+ Arcade-Button-MPunch.png or Arcade-Button-HPunch.png
Stardust Drop Arcade-Modifier-Air.pngclose, Arcade-Stick-Left.png or Arcade-Stick-Right.png+ Arcade-Button-MPunch.png or Arcade-Button-HPunch.png
Back Slash Arcade-Button-3xPunch.png
Short Back Slash Arcade-Button-3xKick.png
Rolling Crystal Flash Arcade-Stick-CB.pngArcade-Stick-Right.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png
Flying Barcelona Attack Arcade-Stick-CDU.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png, then Arcade-Button-Punch.png
Izuna Drop Arcade-Stick-CDU.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png, then Arcade-Stick-Left.pngorArcade-Stick-Right.png+Arcade-Button-Punch.png when close.
Sky High Claw Arcade-Stick-CDU.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png

Super Street Fighter II Turbo[edit]

Portrait SSF2 Vega.png
Name Input
Sankaku Tobi Jump against a wall, press in opposite direction
Rainbow Suplex close, Arcade-Stick-Left.png or Arcade-Stick-Right.png+ Arcade-Button-MPunch.png or Arcade-Button-HPunch.png
Stardust Drop Arcade-Modifier-Air.pngclose, Arcade-Stick-Left.png or Arcade-Stick-Right.png+ Arcade-Button-MPunch.png or Arcade-Button-HPunch.png
Back Slash Arcade-Button-3xPunch.png
Short Back Slash Arcade-Button-3xKick.png
Back Slash (Turbo Revival) Arcade-Button-HPunch.png+Arcade-Button-HKick.png
Short Back Slash (Turbo Revival) Arcade-Button-LPunch.png+Arcade-Button-LKick.png
Rolling Crystal Flash Arcade-Stick-CB.pngArcade-Stick-Right.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png
Flying Barcelona Attack Arcade-Stick-CDU.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png, then Arcade-Button-Punch.png
Izuna Drop Arcade-Stick-CDU.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png, then Arcade-Stick-Left.pngorArcade-Stick-Right.png+Arcade-Button-Punch.png when close.
Sky High Claw Arcade-Stick-CDU.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png
Scarlet Terror Arcade-Stick-CDb.pngArcade-Stick-Right.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png
Rolling Izuna Drop Arcade-Stick-CDb.pngArcade-Stick-Delta.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.pngthen Arcade-Stick-Left.pngorArcade-Stick-Right.png+Arcade-Button-Punch.png when close.

Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix[edit]

Portrait SSF2THDR Vega.png
Name Input
Sankaku Tobi Jump against a wall, press in opposite direction
Rainbow Suplex close, Arcade-Stick-Left.png or Arcade-Stick-Right.png+ Arcade-Button-MPunch.png or Arcade-Button-HPunch.png
Stardust Drop Arcade-Modifier-Air.pngclose, Arcade-Stick-Left.png or Arcade-Stick-Right.png+ Arcade-Button-MPunch.png or Arcade-Button-HPunch.png
Back Slash Arcade-Button-MPunch.png+Arcade-Button-MKick.png or Arcade-Button-HPunch.png+Arcade-Button-HKick.png
Short Back Slash Arcade-Button-LPunch.png+ Arcade-Button-LKick.png
Rolling Crystal Flash Arcade-Stick-CB.pngArcade-Stick-Right.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png
Flying Barcelona Attack Arcade-Stick-CDU.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png, then Arcade-Button-Punch.png
Izuna Drop Arcade-Stick-CDU.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png, then Arcade-Stick-Left.pngorArcade-Stick-Right.png+Arcade-Button-Punch.png when close.
Dive Fake Arcade-Stick-CDU.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png, then Arcade-Button-Kick.png
Sky High Claw Arcade-Stick-CDU.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png
Scarlet Terror Arcade-Stick-CDb.pngArcade-Stick-Right.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png
Rolling Izuna Drop Arcade-Stick-CDb.pngArcade-Stick-Delta.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.pngthen Arcade-Stick-Left.pngorArcade-Stick-Right.png+Arcade-Button-Punch.png when close.