When Birdie was a
pro wrestler, he occasionally teamed up with rival Titanic Tim (from Saturday
Night Slam Masters) as the "500 Million Trillion Powers." He
turned to a life of crime when his wrestling career ended, doing some street
fighting on the side to add to his income, as well as nightclub bouncing. His
notoriety got him invited to the first World Warrior tournament. He was
suffering from a particularly nasty strain of flu, however, and lost his fight
Despite this setback, Birdie rose up the criminal ranks. In Street Fighter
Alpha 2, he became aware of an organization called Shadaloo and, tracking
down their leader, M. Bison,
demonstrated his fighting skills to join them. However, Bison only wanted a test
subject, and used Birdie to perform painful and demeaning experiments. Birdie
resolved to get even.
In Street Fighter Alpha 3, Birdie sneaks into a Shadaloo data room and
learns about the Psycho Drive machine, not aware that M. Bison is watching him.
Thinking he can use it to overthrow Bison and become lord of Shadaloo himself,
he set out to find it. Bison sends Balrog
to kill Birdie, but instead, Birdie convinces Balrog to help him by telling him
how the Psycho Drive could make them powerful. Hindered by Balrog's
incompetence, however, Birdie couldn't find the Drive before it exploded.
Updated: Aug. 23rd, 2016
Birdie's original SF1
appearance wasn't anything special,
but when Capcom reinvented him in the Alpha series, Birdie was bigger, cooler, and
became a truly memorable character.
Not every fighting game character should be a martial arts expert, and as a
huge brawler / street punk, Birdie adds great diversity to the series. He
was also the first character to ever use the "jump into
throw" technique - such a great move! Birdie was never a "popular" SF character, but
I've always liked him as a design. Birdie has always been underrated as a design
and in gameplay, which is why I was ECSTATIC to see him return in SFV.
I love everything about his
"washed up" redesign in SFV. Love
the art direction. Love the beer belly. Love the new animations and I love his
new playstyle. Oddly enough, SFV Birdie resembles one of my favorite
characters from the Samurai Shodown series, Earthquake
both in terms of looks and playstyle. Seriously, SFV Birdie almost has
more in common with Earthquake than SFA3 Birdie! lol. No complaints here!
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