G and Q have much more in common than their one-letter names: Pombear shows just how similar the pair's moves are in Street Fighter 3 and 5

What does it mean?

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • August 9, 2018 at 7:48 a.m. PDT

When G was first revealed in the opening cinematic trailer for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition at Capcom Cup 2017, many people speculated about his possible connections to the only other world warrior with a one-letter name, Q.

Speculation was further fueled by the reveal of G's Story Costume which also heavily bared a resemblance to Street Fighter's most mysterious character. Now G has finally released though, so we can see what connections he has to Q — and there appears to be many. G's Story Mode actually doesn't give away any details as to who the character is or his connection to Q, but his move set paints a different picture.

A player named Pombear recently uploaded a video to YouTube that compares G and Q's normal and special moves in their respective games, and there's too much crossover to be considered coincidence.

Most or almost all of G's normals and specials appear to be directly taken from Q's move set in Street Fighter 3: Third Strike including standing light punch, standing heavy kick, crouching medium punch, his throws and dashing punch specials.

Pombear also notes some sort of degradation on Q's moves compared to G's — which could make sense if they are indeed related due to Street Fighter 5 taking place before 3 — where when Q performs a move like back heavy kick or sweep he will appear to be attempting to replicate G's "complete" move though he will instead lose his balance and fall to the ground.

Q also generally seems more lumbering than G with his movements looking more forced and mechanical compared to the latter's smooth styles. Both characters remain almost a complete mystery to us, but they do appear to be related in many regards. It will just be up to Capcom to see whether or not we will get more backstory for these two characters — though any canon story is likely not as cool or fun as the theories we've come up with over the years. You can see Pombear's full video comparison below.

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