Did Street Fighter 5 have a Donald Trump inspired character in the works at one point?

President with crazy hair that wears a red power tie... where have we seen that before?

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • November 30, 2017 at 10:25 a.m. PST

We recently found out about a collection of shelved Street Fighter character ideas from character designer Akira "Akiman" Yasuda.

Amongst these designs was one for a "fighting president" who was conceived during the Street Fighter 4 era. Obviously plans for this fighting president fell through in the SF4 days, but the team revisited him and others when deciding on the roster for Street Fighter 5.

Seeing as President Trump wasn't the political figure he is now circa the late 2010's, it's unlikely that he was the initial motivation for this character, but his presidential campaign in 2015 and eventual victory at the end of 2016 makes him a prime candidate for the inspiration for this current concept drawing.

Trump's eccentric blonde hair has been a talking point for years now, and it doesn't take much digging to find images of it blown back into wild orientations.

Pair this with the fact that Trump is much more often than not seen sporting a red power tie just like the one in Akiman's president character's sketch, and the argument starts holding more and more water.

We're not done as there's more to this theory, but first check out this side by side:

El Presidente image #1
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Still too farfetched? Capcom is known for basing characters blatantly off of famous people around the world. The most well known of these has got to be Balrog, who was originally known (and still is in Japan) as M. Bison.

The "M" stood for Mike, and the play was on hugely famous American professional boxer, Mike Tyson. Fearing legal issues, Capcom switched some names around for the Western release, and that's why you'll sometimes hear "Claw," "Boxer" and "Dictator" instead of Vega, Balrog and M. Bison.

Fei Long is also a pretty obvious nod to Bruce Lee, even garnering some of Lee's most iconic movie outfits as alternate costumes in the Street Fighter 4 series. Dee Jay was modeled after American kickboxer and creator of the Tae Bo exercise program, Billy Blanks.

Third Strike's Alex and Hugo were both modeled after professional wrestlers Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant respectively, even staring each other down in the classic Wrestlemania 3 pose in the pre-fight interaction when they face off. It also makes this photograph from Wrestlemania 4 increasingly interesting.

Given Capcom's historical approach, Donald Trump seems as good a celebrity as any to have a character modeled after him. As to whether or not it would be a good idea to actually bring such a concept to fruition is... subjective.

What do you think? Is it possible Akiman designed a character with Trump in mind? Give us your thoughts as well as your ideas for what his V-Trigger would be in the comments below.

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