Alpha Chun-Li superior Chun-Li? Which of these Street Fighter characters' designs were the best?

Take a quick stroll down memory lane and let us know when characters like Chun-Li, Cammy, Ken and Ryu looked their sharpest

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • May 7, 2018 at 6:31 p.m. PDT

I thought I'd take a bit of a nostalgic stroll through the years of Street Fighter and put together a quick visual history for a handful of SF favorites.

There's a good portion of the current community that isn't too familiar with older iterations of these household fighting game names and so some of this will be all new for younger readers.

Some characters are a little more vanilla than others, as we see Ryu's white gi, black belt and red headband hasn't changed much over the last 30 years. His Street Fighter 1 redhead iteration actually seems to be the outlier, as he even sports shoes in that one.

Characters like Chun-Li got a whole new look in Street Fighter Alpha, and Ken has gotten a few differing hair styles. The idea here is to get your opinions as to when each fighter was at their visual best during the numbered Street Fighter series (Alpha is technically SF 0).

Especially in more recent games, characters have seen a variety of alternate costumes (many imitating the threads they wore previously) but for our purposes here we're only looking at standard costumes for everyone.

Obviously graphics have been evolving too, but that doesn't necessarily mean the most recent iterations are the slickest. Check out the snap shots for these six characters in the gallery below, then answer which is your favorite iteration for each in the polls after the jump.

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Which version of Cammy is the best?

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Which version of Chun-Li is the best?

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Which version of Blanka is the best?

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Which version of Ken is the best?

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Which version of Ryu is the best?

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Which version of Akuma is the best?

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