Zangief in Street Fighter II


Zangief Image credit

Zangief first appeared in 1991’s Street Fighter II: The World Warrior. He is a proud Russian, often portrayed as fighting for his country. He is often interpreted as a potentially gay character (see here, here, and here). While we can’t find any definitive confirmation, several comment sections (like this one) have users suggesting that Capcom confirmed his sexuality at some point in time, but no links are provided.

LGBTQ  references in this game series:

Street Fighter (1987):  Eagle

Street Fighter II (1991): The World Warrior: Zangief

Street Fighter IV (2008): Poison (originally from Final Fight); Abel; Juri Han


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