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Chun Li

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Chun-Li (春麗) is one of the emblematic characters of the landmark brawling video game series, Street Fighter. But she wasn’t there from the very start, as she joined the cast in 1991.

She’s known for her kicks and her acrobatic fighting style. In several games she’s also an easy character for beginners to get good results with.

This profile is chiefly about her stats in some of the main video games, rather than documenting spin-off media.


Background

  • Real Name: Chun Li.
  • Other Aliases: The strongest woman in the world, Splendid dancing which tears the sky, Determined to attack the great evil, The Kicking Force is Back, The kicking beauty.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Chung (father, deceased), Shao Eife (uncle), Shao (mother, deceased).
  • Group Affiliation: Formerly Interpol.
  • Base Of Operations: Beijing, China.
  • Height: 5’8″ Weight: About 150 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Light Brown


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Powers and Abilities

Chun Li is a world-class martial artist. She uses a mix of Tai Chi and Kempo. Earlier versions of the game erroneously stated her style to be Wu Shu. Many of her acrobatic moves do resemble this, but her actual attacks are based on the aforementioned styles.

She can:

  • Jump to super human heights.
  • Shift her kicks multiple times with super human speed and ferocity.
  • Project a limited range energy projectile. It does a bit more damage up close.

She’s also a star Interpol agent. While these aren’t demonstrated she’s assumed to be pretty good at detective work and other law enforcement related stuff.

Lastly she also placed sixth in an international shooting competition. So even though she’s rarely shown wielding a gun she is indeed a world class marksman.

Fighting strengths

Game play wise she’s a beast in close combat. Her superior speed allows her to get in close and dish out some very punishing combos.


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At mid range she’s not a slouch either as her acrobatics allow her to avoid incoming attacks and quickly close the distance. At long range she’s not super effective, but she does have a weak and slow projectile, so that’s something.

Her main weakness is that she doesn’t really have much in the way of defensive moves. The most defensive way to play her is to hop around avoiding attacks and then getting close to punish mistakes. Chun Li is best played aggressively and can easily control the tempo of the match.

Compared to the other named Street Fighter characters on the roster she’s actually quite average. She hasn’t had any real major victories and she has suffered a few losses. But those were mostly against the top tier fighters such as Bison.


History

Prologue

Chun Li became fascinated with martial arts from a young age after she saw Bruce Lee movies and the Beijing Opera. She was originally trained in Tai Chi, but would go on to study several other martial arts styles eventually leading her to develop her own.

At some point Gen, a friend of her father, was her teacher. But he left before her training was complete, as fictional martial arts sensei are wont to do. Her style used mostly kicks that she learned from her father. Mr. Li was famous for his legendary kicks when he was younger.

Chung Li was a famous detective, but he mysteriously vanished. Of course, young Chun Li vowed to do whatever it took to find him one day. She became a detective at age 18 and joined the ICPO (International Criminal Police Organization) in the narcotics division just like her father had. She eventually began hearing rumors of a vast criminal network known as the Shadaloo.

Street Fighter Alpha 2

Chun Li tracked down and had a sparring match with Gen. Afterwards Gen told her what he knew of Shadaloo. He also warned her to be careful should she choose to pursue them.

She eventually tracked down and fought Bison, but he was able to easily defeat her. He simply flew away taunting her saying that if she interfered with him again then she would kill her just like he killed her father. With tears in her eyes Chun Li vowed revenge.

Street Fighter Alpha 3

To takle on Shadaloo, Chun Li teamed up with Lieutenant Charlie Nash of the US Air Force. While investigating they encountered Lt. Guile. The USAF had sent him to bring back his AWOL friend Nash. Nash had deserted since he was well aware of the corruption within the agency. Guile chose to join Nash and Chun.

Portrait of Chun Li

They were able to locate the Shadaloo base in Thailand. The Air Force had supposedly bombed it, but Bison’s bribes had derailed the raid. The trio planted bombs of their own. But when Guile and Charlie went inside to destroy the Psycho Drive Guile suddenly came back running. He said that Charlie had ordered them to leave as the base was about to explode.

Elsewhere Ryu managed to beat Bison. This along with the bombs planted caused the entire base to blow up. Chun Li caught a glimpse of Cammy escaping, then she and Guile got a wounded Ryu out. To Guile’s dismay, Charlie was presumed dead in the explosions.

Chun Li was quite happy that her actions had contributed to the downfall of Shadaloo. She went back to being an Interpol agent.

Street Fighter II

Chun Li received an invitation to fight in the upcoming SF Tournament. Intrigued and suspicious that something might be afoot she accepted.

Chun Li and Guile once again teamed up and they and a few other fighters were able to confront Bison. The crime lord wasn’t able to handle so many fighters, but refused to give up. He then apparently committed suicide by expending all of his remaining Psycho Power at once.

Street Fighter IV

Chun Li, Guile, and Cammy were tasked with stopping a rampaging Juri in a theme park. Juri worked for S.I.N., a weapons development arm of Shadaloo. She had been augmented with a Psycho Drive cybernetic eye implant.

The trio split up to cover more ground. Chun Li was the first to find Juri, but not before she killed two people. The two fought and Chun Li was badly beaten. But Guile and Cammy came in, and Juri’s eye implant malfunctioned. She thus had to retreat.

Chun, Guile and Cammy joined forces against Shadaloo. The three of them all entered the next tournament. Their goal was to get close enough to permanently shut down the organization. During the tournament:

  • Chun was approached by an amnesiac man called Abel. He was searching for answers about his past that was linked to Shadaloo.
  • She fought Gen hoping to get more answers about her father’s death. But she was not able to defeat him and thus did not get any new info.
  • She clashed with Crimson Viper. Viper was actually a deep cover agent from the CIA who had infiltrated Shadaloo in hopes of bringing them down. She bested Chun Li and continued with her mission.

Ms. Li finally got her rematch with Juri and was victorious. But she was unable to arrest her as Bison had initiated the base’s self destruct mechanism. She was saved from falling debris by Gen and later rescued by Guile and Abel.

Street Fighter IV, part 1

Chun Li was able to track down Vega in China. During their fight he slashed her with his claw and stated that her kicks reminded him of someone. Realizing that he was talking about her father she demanded answers. However, he was able to escape.

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Later in Russia she ran into Guile and a resurrected Nash. The three return to China and tracked down Vega once again. But this time he had brought back up as well. Birdie and a bunch of Shadaloo thugs were with him.

Chun Li squared off against Vega one on one. This time she was able to beat him, but he escaped on a helicopter. That day she learned a powerful lesson about trusting your friends and not working alone.

Street Fighter IV, part 2

Chun Li and Guile then investigated the black out in New York City. It had been caused by one of the Black Moons created by Bison.

Their investigations lead them directly to Bison and his entourage. Chun Li recklessly charged in to settle her vendetta against the crime lord. She was nearly killed, but Cammy appeared out of nowhere and jumped in at the last minute to save her. They were then forced to retreat.

Chun Li was then enlisted by Karen Kanzuki to help stop the Black Moons. She then traveled to Brazil and was joined by Ken and Cammy. Their mission was to seek out Laura Matsuda. As they made inquiries, Ken was able to fight off F.A.N.G., a Shadaloo assassin.

On her end Chun Li encountered Sean, whom she recognized to be Laura’s brother. She asked him about a chess piece that he had given to his sister. It apparently held the key to shutting down the Black Moon.

They eventually located Laura. She gave up the chess piece after losing a sparring match with Ken. While they were fighting Decapre appeared and tried to intervene, but fell unconscious before she could do so.

The police arrived to arrest Decapre. Ken and Chun Li tried to diffuse the situation, but Cammy attacked them as she refused to simple hand over a member of Shadaloo. During the confusion Juri was able to grab Decapre and escape on her motorcycle.

Street Fighter IV, part 3

Karen and Chun Li are later able to rescue the hackers that created the Black Moon and shut it down. But F.A.N.G. kidnaps little Li Fen and forces her to restart the program using her backup. They are later rejoined by the rest of their team as they prepared for the final assault on Shadaloo.

The detonation of the Moons was eventually stopped and Chun Li, Guile, and Charlie fought Bison. The fight did not go well for our heroes. But Charlie, realizing that his resurrected body was living on borrowed time, killed himself to weaken Bison. Chun Li stopped Guile from charging in blindly to rescue his friend, saving from the ensuing explosion.

This separated them. Chun Li fought F.A.N.G. to rescue Li Fen and Ryu would eventually defeat Bison on his own. They managed to escape before the base blew up. Chun Li could now rest easy knowing that she had finally helped put an end to Shadaloo.

Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike

Chun Li had since retired and opened up her own martial arts school with young Li Fen as he star pupil.

Urien kidnapped Li Fen to use as a scientific experiment and Chun Li tracked him down and challenged him. She beat him and returned to her school with Li Fen. However it was later revealed that Urien had allowed her to win and had instigated the whole plot merely to test her strength.

Where is she now?

She’s most likely still training the next generation and leading a relatively peaceful life.


Description

One of the most striking things about her is her exceptionally muscular legs. Other than that she appears to be an attractive athletic Asian woman with light brown hair and eyes. Her very distinctive hair style is known as the “ox’s horns” in Mandarin. It appears to have been quite popular with little girls throughout the ages.

In her first, and probably most iconic, appearance in SFII she wears a blue qipao  with high slits up the legs, plus leggings. The dress is bound together by a white sash, and her shoes are combat boots. She also wears her iconic oversized spiked bracelets.

In the Alpha series she wears a blue sleeveless unitard with yellow stripes on the sides and a blue vest over it. The vest has a vaguely Chinese design on it. She also wears some yellow tennis shoes and keeps her usual bracers.

In SFIV and V she keeps her original costume. She’s got a few minor alternatives in V, such her police uniform and a casual jeans and T-shirt combo. The inevitable fan service alternative is a revealing, slit evening gown. This outfit is tied together with a gold sash and has a bit of gold trim. It is


Personality

Chun Li was largely defined by her burning sense of justice.

In her youth she was obviously a loving daughter and good student. She vowed to seek justice for her father. Had he not been killed then she may very well have chosen a very different career path rather than to follow in her father’s footsteps.

That said law enforcement seems to suit her. She is dedicated and competent and always goes the extra mile to get the job done. She has also demonstrated to be an excellent team player. She has worked quite well with other law enforcement agents in the past such as Charlie, Guile, and Cammy.

Obviously she hates criminals with a passion and particularly all things Shadaloo and especially Bison himself. This only serves to fuel her Seeking Justice Motivation.

Deep down underneath there’s something of that daddy’s little girl still buried in her heart as evidenced by her jumping around and laughing in her win poses.

And finally on a side note she’s never had any romantic relationships that we know about. Despite a lot of fan fiction and a ton of fan art she and fellow warrior Ryu never ever hook up. This seems to be a common theme with most of the SF cast who always seem to be far too busy training and kicking ass to have romantic relationships.


Quotes

“Father…where could you be and what could you be up to right now ?”

“I’m the strongest woman in the world !”

“Is that your best ? Is that all ?”



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Chun Li

Dex: 09 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Upholding the Good
Int: 06 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: Retired Interpol Agent turned martial arts
instructor
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 06 Resources: 007
Init: 028 HP: 070

Powers:
Adrenaline Surge: 03, Energy Blast: 05, Gliding: 01, Jumping: 04, Superspeed: 04

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Adrenaline Surge only works with Super Speed, Energy Blast, and Jumping.
  • Energy Blast is Diminishing.
  • Superspeed can only be used to sub for EV and enhance initiative.

Skills:
Artist (Dancer): 04, Acrobatics: 10, Detective (all but Law): 06, Martial Artist: 10, Military Science (Demolitions): 06, Thief: 04, Weaponry (Firearms): 06

Advantages:
Iron Nerves, Lightning Reflexes, Languages (Mandarin Chinese).

Connections:
Gen (Low), Guile (High), Ryu (High).

Drawbacks:
Dependents (the children that she’s adopted).


Design Notes

The Skills section is somewhat speculative.


Previous Statistics

Through most of her career Chun Li had Credentials (Interpol, medium), Guilt (father’s death). She losses her Credentials after she retires from Interpol after SF 2, but before SF3 and resolves her guilt subplot by taking down Shadaloo at the end of SF2. She doesn’t gain the Dependent Drawback until SF3.


Uncanny X-Chun

In the Marvel Versus Capcom series Chun Li actually joins becomes a full-fledged member of the X-men, and an impressive one at that. Here are those stats:

Dex: 10 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Upholding the Good
Int: 07 Wil: 06 Min: 06 Occupation: Retired Interpol Agent turned martial arts
instructor
Inf: 06 Aur: 05 Spi: 07 Resources: 007
Init: 035 HP: 080

Powers:
Adrenaline Surge: 08, Energy Blast: 09, Flight: 04, Gliding: 01, Jumping: 08, Superspeed: 08

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Adrenaline Surge only works with Superspeed, Energy Blast, and Jumping.
  • Energy Blast is Diminishing.
  • Superspeed can only be used to sub for EV and enhance initiative.

Skills:
Artist (Dancer): 05, Acrobatics: 11, Detective (all but Law): 07, Martial Artist: 11, Military Science (Demolitions): 07, Thief: 05, Weaponry (Firearms): 07


Shadow Chun

There was a very strange evil cyborg Chun Li called Shadow Lady that appeared in Marvel Super Heroes versus Street Fighter. She’s basically a slightly more powerful dark shadowy pallet swap of Chun with some electricity-based attacks thrown in.

Dex: 11 Str: 05 Bod: 06 Motivation: Upholding Apocalypse
Int: 08 Wil: 06 Min: 07 Occupation: Cyborg
Inf: 07 Aur: 06 Spi: 08 Resources: 007
Init: 040 HP: 090

Powers:
Adrenaline Surge: 09, Lightning Being: 04, Energy Blast: 10, Gliding: 02, Jumping: 09, Superspeed: 09

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Energy Blast can either be an area effect or Indirect.
  • Adrenaline Surge only works Energy Blast and Jumping.
  • Lightning Being can only be used for one Phase and she may take no other action while she executes it, including movement.
  • Superspeed only adds to Initiative and subs for EV.

Skills:
Acrobatics: 12, Detective (all save Law): 08, Martial Artist: 12, Military Science (Demolitions): 08, Thief: 06, Weaponry (Firearms): 08

By Tom Eilers.

Source of Character: Street Fighter video games.

Helper(s): Sean McDonald (for the other take), GameFAQs  (for everything that you ever wanted to know about the Street Fighter universe and more!), Darci (for editing).

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