zangief-s4.png (181418 bytes)

zangief-mvc1-full-bust-super-art.png (220578 bytes)         zangief-sfex1-character-select-artwork.jpg (241324 bytes)         zangief-sfex2plus-bust-artwork.jpg (83906 bytes)         zangief-sfa3-side.jpg (84890 bytes)         zangief-sfex3-select-art.jpg (222465 bytes)         zangief-sf6-character-render.jpg (262036 bytes)


Zangief is a Russian wrestler known as "The Red Cyclone". He impressed the president of the (then) USSR, Gorbachev, so much that he was hired by the government and soon became a national hero. Under orders from Gorbachev, Zangief was sent to combat the forces of Shadaloo, which is beginning to spread its corruption into Russia. Zangief encountered many fighters along the way, and ended up befriending a few of them, such as E. Honda and R. Mika.
After he was defeated in the second World Warrior Tournament, he returned to training in the Russian wilderness, wrestling bears. Eventually, he was approached by the largest wrestling organization in the world with an eye to signing the "Red Cyclone" to their promotion. Zangief declined at first, and said that he is less interested in money than he is in bringing honor to Russia by demonstrating Russian strength. He is promised a stage to better showcase his skills, with his matches watched by millions. Due to the obvious help this will bring to his will to show Russian strength, Zangief accepted. Years later, Zangief entered the World Tournament held by S.I.N. to prove to his young fans (some of whom are beginning to claim that martial artists are better) that he's still got it.
zangief-sfex-artwork-full.jpg (575906 bytes)         zangief-mvc1-character-artwork-full-size.png (484758 bytes)                                   
zangief-sfxt-white.jpg (213843 bytes)         zangief-super-turbo-art.jpg (120541 bytes)                           ssf4-zangief.jpg (158967 bytes)         zangief-sf4-xtra.png (213174 bytes)

Street Fighter 2

                                      zangief-sfex2-face.gif (38854 bytes)
                  zangief-pile-sf2.png (172454 bytes)                  zangief-early-sf2-concept-lariat.png (236735 bytes)       

zangief-by-falcoon2017.jpg (101985 bytes)         zangief-capcom-vs-snk-bengus.png (477680 bytes)         zangief-mvc2fixd.jpg (145506 bytes)        

Street Fighter 2 Champion Edition, Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Super Street Fighter 2, Super SF2 Turbo, Super SF2 Turbo Revival, Super SF2T HD Remix, Ultra SF2, Street Fighter EX, Street Fighter EX2, Street Fighter EX3, Street Fighter: The Movie, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Street Fighter Alpha 3, SFA3 Upper, SFA3 Max, Street Fighter 4, Super SF4, Super SF4: 3D Edition, Super SF4: Arcade Edition, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter V, SFV: Arcade Edition, SFV:CE, Street Fighter 6, X-Men Vs. Street Fighter, Marvel Super Heroes Vs. Street Fighter, Marvel Vs. Capcom, Marvel Vs. Capcom 2, SNK Vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium, Card Fighters Clash, Card Fighters Clash 2, Card Fighters Clash DS, Pocket Fighter, Capcom Vs. SNK, Capcom Vs. SNK Pro, Capcom Vs. SNK 2, Capcom Fighting Evolution, Street Fighter X Tekken, Street Fighter Alpha: Anthology, Street Fighter: Anniversary Collection, SF:30th Anniversary Collection

sfv-zangief-concept-art-final.jpg (69248 bytes)                   .                            

zangief-mayor.png (194841 bytes)           zangief-sfv-story-costume-artwork.jpg (56395 bytes)                      zangief-sfv-profile-art3.jpg (311649 bytes)           zangief-udoncrew.jpg (190744 bytes)

Page Updated:  Apr. 29th, 2024

RESPECT THE GIEF. Zangief is the original pro-wrestler / powerhouse of Street Fighter. He single-handedly made the spinning piledriver a legendary pro wrestling move. Kenny Omega was inspired by this guy. Gief put "360 throws" on the map, in terms of how the move is performed on a controller. This is what it "feels like" to play a grappler in a fighting game... it's fun doing a 360 motion.

Visually, Zangief started off as a fairly plain-looking yet memorable character, but his design was majorly fleshed out in later games... beginning with Alpha. Along with getting cool new moves, Gief eventually became somewhat of a comic relief character (in addition to being a 300+ lb. freak who can smash your skull in, so you better take him seriously while laughing at his jokes). Even though he's a funny guy, Gief managed to retain his coolness & intimidation factor all the while, and he's only gotten bigger and badder with each sequel. Zangief looks great in pretty much every game (except for Capcom Fighting Jam). lol. Personally, I think he should wear his red cape more often! It's such a cool part of his design (usually only seen during his SFA sprite intro). Anyway, SF just wouldn't be the same without him. Gief is a icon! Also, he wrestles bears.

Fighting  Style  /  Moveset
Personality  /  Charisma
Outfit(s)  /  Appearance
Effectiveness  in  series
Overall Score

                      zangief-early-streetfighter-concept-artwork.jpg (336880 bytes)         mech-zangief-sfv-concept-art.jpg (62394 bytes)
zangief-sfv-profile-art.jpg (251996 bytes)         zangief-sfv-profile-art2.jpg (268558 bytes)         zangief-macho-man-sfv-alt-costume-concept-artwork.jpg (69747 bytes)         zangief-sfv-alt-costume-oct2016.jpg (60676 bytes)         sfv-zangief-civilian-costume-concept-artwork-secret.jpg (53989 bytes)         zangief-sfv-concept-art-hero.jpg (324572 bytes)

Click Here for more Zangief artwork!