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DOB: January 6, 1956

Height: 7'

Weight: 256 lbs.

Blood Type: A

Nationality: Russian

Discipline: Sambo

"Quit blocking my fists with your face!"

Zangief is a powerhouse wrestler who was born in Communist Russia. He is incredibly strong, and towers over his opponents. He honed his skills in Siberia, where he wrestled bears for fun. These tussles left him scarred for life, but Zangief wears the scars proudly, for to him the fight is all. Because of his formidable skills, he soon tired of ordinary foes and quit the Russian Wrestling Federation. He began wrestling in prize fights, which earned him money to feed his family. Always looking for new ways to improve his style, Zangief began to learn new moves. He improved on the piledriver technique used by professional wrestlers, and created his own variation he called the "Spinning Piledriver". He also copied a move from former wrestler Mike Haggar, the famous "Spinning Clothesline." Zangief hoped to meet Haggar in the ring one day. Although that dream was never realized, Haggar copied Zangief's Spinning Piledriver, a fact that made Zangief very proud. A loud, boisterous individual, Zangief often boasted about his acheivments, and often told tall tales about the origins of some of his moves. His friends laughed when he told how being caught in a hurricane inspired the Spinning Piledriver, and Zangief was never happier in his life.

Zangief managed to make a decent living until the collapse of the Soviet Union. His happy life ended when he was forced to take a job at a foundry to feed his family. Zangief heard of an organization called Shadowlaw, which was said to pay top dollar to skilled combatents. Desperate to support his family, Zangief left Russia seeking a job with Shadowlaw. He could not approach the organization directly, so he attempted to get himself noticed by them. This strategy backfired. All traces of Shadowlaw vanished when M. Bison suddenly dissapeared. It was rumoured that he had been defeated by Chun-Li and Rose, but Zangief could not confirm this. Zangief found himself defeated as well, at the hands of Ken. Dejected, he returned home with nothing but his pride. Although he had returned home empty handed, he found that he was held in high regard by his people and his government. The Russian government sympathized with his plight, and offered to help Zangief support his family.

Over the course of the next few years, Zangief's hatred of the United States was fueled by the government. In return for their support, Zangief was asked to perform a task. He was entered into the second Street Fighter tournament which was hosted by M. Bison. Zangief would be allowed to keep the prize money offered by Bison if he won, but his main objective was to defeat Guile. Guile was a member of the American Special Forces, and his defeat would prove that the American people were not worthy. This seemed simple enough to Zangief, but when he faced off against Guile he found himself barely beaten by the strong warrior. Dishonored, Zangief decided not to return home right away and watched the rest of the tournament. He witnessed the battle between Guile and Sagat, Bison's right hand man. Guile, badly injured from his fight with Zangief, was no match for the Muay Thai champion and was quickly defeated. However, Zangief witnessed the courage Guile displayed against immeasurable odds. He then realized that his government had been wrong about Americans, and had merely set Zangief up as a political move. Instead of being angry, Zangief decided to let it go. He returned home to his family, and awaited the day when he could venture out again to challenge worthy opponents like Guile.

1. Street Fighter 2 2. Street Fighter 2 Champion Edition 3. Street Fighter 2 Turbo 4. Super Street Fighter 2 5. Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo 6. Street Fighter Alpha 2/Alpha 2 Gold 7. X-Men Versus Street Fighter 8. Street Fighter EX/EX Plus/EX Plus Alpha 9. Marvel Super Heroes Versus Street Fighter 9. Street Fighter EX 2/EX 2 Plus 10. Street Fighter Alpha 3 11. Marvel Versus Capcom 12. SNK Versus Capcom 13. Marvel Versus Capcom 2
1. Final Fight 2 - This doesn't really count as a cameo, but the Jony enemies look alot like Zangief.
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