Juri is one of the new characters introduced in later versions of Street Fighter 4.
She was the first Korean character introduced into the universe – even though the SF games had been hugely popular in Korea for decades. Korean characters are generally underrepresented in western media anyway, so there’s that.
On a more basic level she’s an evil, sadistic character with flashy and cool abilities. So she could make a great villain for street- or mid-level heroes to fight. Particularly in a martial arts style campaign.
Mechanics wise she’s got some interesting abilities that augment her combat prowess. But use of these abilities are a bit risky.
So this could make for some pitched battles where she’s got the heroes on the ropes – until she gets a bad roll. Or one where she’s able to defeat them only to have them come out on top in the rematch.
- Real Name: Juri Han.
- Other Aliases: Spider.
- Known Relatives: Unnamed parents.
- Group Affiliation: Formerly S.I.N. (Shadaloo’s weapons development division) and later the Illuminati.
- Base of Operations: Mobile.
- Height: 5’4″ (1.62m). Weight: 126 lbs. (57 Kg.).
- Eyes: Purple. Hair: Black.
Powers and Abilities
At age 15 she was considered a Tae Kwon Do prodigy, and excelled as a student.
Now that she’s matured into an adult her abilities have grown with her – particularly her fighting prowess.
She’s also said to have a photographic memory. She never forgets any route she takes.
She’s had a Feng Shui Engine implanted into one of her eye sockets. It further enhances her martial abilities, making her one of the upper tier fighters even among other World Warriors. She’s successfully manhandled:
She’s got pretty standard moves, plus:
- A limited, but powerful projectile.
- Superior acrobatics and jumping.
- Good mobility making her hard to hit.
- High priority damaging moves, with many coming out quick.
- Great comboability.
- Quite a few of her moves also have variations and change ups so that she can adapt to various situations.
However, while Juri can dish out plenty of damage, she certainly can’t take it. She has very low health and a lot of her moves will leave her wide open. And using the Engine in her eye carries additional risks.
In-game, it’s generally better to use her offensively, capitalizing on her speed and the fact that she’s got plenty of good poke and harassment moves. She has some good defensive moves as well, but you’d better execute them right.
She was designed to be a difficult character to use, but also a rewarding one when in the hands of a master.
Here’s Juri musical theme in Street Fighter 6. It’s pretty good.
Juri was the daughter of a high-profile lawyer. She thus enjoyed a life of wealth and privilege.
But rather than becoming a spoiled brat she trained equally hard in Tae Kwon Do and was also an excellent student. At age 15 she was a TKD prodigy.
This all changed when her father targeted Shadaloo operations. He apparently sought to make a bigger name for himself, perhaps because he had political aspirations.
Shadaloo decided to have Mr. Han “dealt with.”
The original version stated that the family was killed in a drive-by shooting. Later takes stated that the family was abducted and tortured before both parents were killed.
Regardless their daughter Juri survived. But she lost an eye, and was consumed with hatred against Shadaloo.
If you think that this is the tragic backstory of a hero in the making, then you would be dead wrong. Juri stared down unspeakable evil and decided that the only way to get revenge was to be more evil. Thus this actually became the chilling tale of a sadist who finally snapped.
Street Fighter 4 OVA
Ten years later Juri was a S.I.N. enforcer. She was dispatched to take out operatives from a rival mob. She carried out this assassination in the middle of a theme park, in full public view.
Despite her opponents being armed with guns she effortlessly took them out. Chun Li, Guile, and Cammy were in the area and were dispatched to stop her rampage. They split up to cover more ground.
Chun Li found Juri just after a bystander was killed in the battle. But Juri soundly thrashed her. She’d have killed Chun Li, but her eye malfunctioned and Cammy and Guile arrived just in time.
Ms. Han decided against fighting any further and fled the scene.
But Guile and Cammy had tracked her down. Guile came in first, but was defeated. Cammy came in next, and stormed the plane carrying Juri and the captured Dolls. Juri forced Cammy out by ramming her with the bed Juni was strapped onto.
Juri then rendezvoused with Seth, the president of S.I.N.. He praised her for her near-complete success.
Juri merely licked her lips in anticipation. She knew full well that S.I.N. was preparing to break off from Shadaloo. Which would almost certainly mean a war between the two.
Street Fighter 4
Juri’s next mission was to participate in the SF4 tournament, hosted by Seth.
The tournament brought her into conflict with Chun Li and Cammy again. The results of those matches are unrevealed.
Towards the end of the tournament, she encountered Seth, who had been thrashed by Bison. She took pleasure in taunting him, revealing that it had been her goal all along to put the two organizations at odds.
Juri hoped that both Shadaloo and S.I.N. would be left so weakened that she could take over the both of them. But clearly Seth was not up to the task.
She then smashed his Tanden Engine, where he drew his power from, and left him for dead.
Street Fighter 5
With S.I.N. gone, Juri confronted Bison directly to exact her revenge. But he easily defeated her by teleporting behind her and ripping out her Feng Shui Engine eye. Bison taunted her then departed, thinking that such a brutal attack would surely kill her.
But Juri survived and desperately searched an abandoned Shadaloo base for a replacement eye. As luck would have it she managed to find a further enhanced one.
Before she could leave, she was confronted by Kolin. He offered her an opportunity to join the mysterious Illuminati who were attempting to take down Shadaloo. She declined the offer.
Juri then got into a scuffle with Balrog and Ed, who were also searching the base. Her test of the new eye proved successful, and the pair fled.
Games of death and deceit
She later had an encounter with Crimson Viper, a CIA agent. Viper had infiltrated Shadaloo and was now part of a joint task force trying to take them down.
Crimson Viper warned Juri that the only reason she hadn’t been arrested was that she was still considered a small fish. But that if her antics continued, she’d most likely wind up on Interpol’s most wanted list.
Juri next encounter was with F.A.N.G.. They got into a fight when she taunted him by stating that he was a mere flunky and held no real power in Shadaloo. She was forced to retreat when he attacked her with a poison cloud.
By this point, she had only managed to collect enemies by pissing off pretty much every other character she’d encountered. Left with no other options she called Kolin to accept her offer to join the Illuminati.
Street Fighter 5 A Shadow Falls
Juri was next seen crashing a meeting between Rashid, Azam, Charlie Nash, and Kolin.
She immediately picked a fight with Rashid, who had no interest in fighting her. Juri basically threatened to kill him if he didn’t fight her like his life depended on it. Azam stepped in to stop the situation from escalating, but ultimately it was Kolin who broke it up.
Azam pointed out that Shadaloo’s Black Moon Bombs were too grave a global threat. Juri agreed to help against those, likely to assist in a major blow against Shadaloo.
Black Moon on the rise
Juri sought Cammy and Decapre in Brazil. Cammy had just defeated Decapre, but refused to let the policia arrest her – since Decapre had been mind-controlled. Juri charged in on a motorbike, ramming the police and offering a getaway drive to Cammy.
The trio escaped, though Cammy soon had to take the controlled Decapre down again. Vega then came in to reclaim Decapre, and defeated Cammy. Juri, who had merely been watching the fight, then engaged Vega and forced him to retreat for a bit.
The three women then rejoined others in Russia to storm Shadaloo’s headquarters. Juri, Cammy, and Decapre (who had finally been freed of mind control) fought their way through Shadaloo grunts. They then engaged Vega, F.A.N.G. and the rest of the dolls.
During the battle Juri once again saved Cammy from Vega’s claw.
The outcome remains unrevealed. But it’s highly likely that Vega and F.A.N.G. would have eventually been forced to retreat as other heroic characters destroyed the Psycho Drive. Which would’ve freed the dolls from F.A.N.G.’s control.
Where is she now?
It’s kind of hard to say.
Shadaloo was finally defeated — seemingly once and for all — after the Shadow Falls storyline. And Juri had previously thrown in with the Illuminati, who are the main antagonists for the next storyline.
However, continuity got a bit messy as SF3 is the final chapter. The events in SF4 and 5 — when Juri was introduced — came years before it, so… it is really anyone’s guess where she wound up.
Perhaps Juri had further interactions with Cammy and/or the Dolls, whose did not feature so far in later stories.
Juri’s hair is generally braided into almost sort of horns with multiple hair ties to hold it in place.
For her top she wears a custom purple athletic bra with eight straps and a spider design on the front. But the back is left largely bare. For her bottoms she wears some baggy off white sweatpants and purple tights underneath. Accessories include footguards and fingerless gloves.
That’s her default outfit. Her alternate costume is a black catsuit that have become all the rage with female agent characters such as Black Widow. The outfit is black leather with various purple trim and highlights.
Nearly every outfit of hers has quite a bit of purple in it, so it’s likely her favorite color.
Her left eye usually looks normal, but she does occasionally wear an eye patch. Or it sometimes glows purple for dramatic effect.
She’s also almost constantly sneering and/or taunting opponents.
First and foremost, Juri is sadistic. She derives sexual pleasure from hurting and humiliating her opponents, and is an adrenaline junky who gets a huge rush when fighting.
She frequently regards others as pawns in her machinations for revenge. She doesn’t seem to care who she uses and then throws away.
She’ll taunt her opponents throughout the fight. Often in a flirtatious manner with sexual overtones, irrespective of her opponent’s gender. It has thus been theorized that Juri was the first Street Fighter bisexual character.
Parts of her dialogue, and especially her SF4 bio, might imply that she actually prefers women. But her SF5 edited out that bit.
(Perhaps the writers realised that they had mired themselves in the “queer women as predators” crap trope ? — ed.).
It is possible that the entire dominating aspect is an act. The telepathic Menat noted that Juri emanated extreme loneliness. And Ms. han called the sadistic Vega a pervert.
It’s possible that at the end of SF5 Juri starts on a path towards redemption. She did end up siding with the heroes against Shadaloo.
This doesn’t necessarily put her on the side of the angels. And her driving goal always was to take down Shadaloo. But she uncharacteristically protects heroes such as Cammy when she could have just as easily let her die.
Her voice is particularly high pitched, sweet and feminine. But she nevertheless manages to sound quite menacing. Her reading a grocery list would likely sound intimidating.
“Hmmm…you look like you’re in good shape.”
“Well then, where do you want me to break you first ?”
DC Heroes RPG
|Dex: 09||Str: 03||Bod: 03|
|Int: 08||Wil: 08||Min: 04|
|Inf: 06||Aur: 06||Spi: 04|
|Init: 027||HP: 070|
Adrenaline Surge: 06, Energy Blast: 06, Gliding: 02, Jumping: 05, Recall*: 08
Bonuses and Limitations:
- Adrenaline Surge only works with Energy Blast, Jumping, and Martial Artist.
- Energy Blast has no Range. But it can have an Area Of Effect if she spends the maximum amount of Hero Points on it in a push attempt.
- Recall is a Skilled Power.
Acrobatics*: 09, Martial Artist: 10, Vehicles (motorcycles): 05
Chun Li (Low), Cammy (Low), Kolin (Low), Illuminati (Low).
Attack Vulnerability (-1CS OV against blindside attacks), Enemy (powerful, varies).
IMPLANTED FENG SHUI ENGINE [BODY 04, Minitiarization: 08, Power Reserve: 04, Limitations: PR can only be used on Energy Blast, Jumping, and Martial Arts and cannot give more than 2 Aps to any on Power or Skill at a time. #R05]
Juri can only use the eye for four Phases consecutively. For the first Phase she needs to spend 1HP, second 2, third 3, and fourth 4. For every Phase that it is used it needs an equal “cool down period” before she can use it again.
This is heavy guess work as we never really see her fight without the use of the Feng Shui Engine. But given that she tends to flee when it breaks down its safe to say that she’s far less dangerous without it.
Best guess is that:
- Dex and Acrobatics drop to 08.
- All powers are decreased by 2.
- Martial Artist drops to 06
- HP expenditure is considered one Genre higher.
- She gains a MPR (-1 CS to any Perception Check regarding depth perception at more than 1 AP of distance.)
- It should go without saying she loses all its Powers plus any damage she’s previously taken if the eye was destroyed as Bison once did to her.
Suitable to both her character and gameplay the eye can provide a nice little boost to her abilities. But its usage is pretty risky which suites her gameplay as a generally high risk, high reward type character.
Enemy Drawback notes
As to her Enemy Drawback, she does certainly have a penchant for pissing people off. But often times those she clashes with are unable to hunt her down as they have troubles of their own and generally bigger fish to fry.
For a long time, a joint task for run by Interpol was hunting her down with Chun Li, Guile, and Cammy actively leading it. But she later did switch sides and betray both Shadaloo and S.I.N., thus putting her at odds with them.
Generally speaking, given her history it’s kind of a “one at a time” policy for those powerful organizations that are actively trying to hunt her down.
Source of Character: Street Fighter video games.