Charlie (Street Fighter)

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Charlie Nash
Street Fighter character
Charlie (Street Fighter).png
Charlie as seen in Street Fighter Alpha
First game Street Fighter Alpha (1995)[1]
Voiced by (English) Toshiyuki Morikawa (Street Fighter Alpha series, X-Men vs. Street Fighter, Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes)
Scott McNeil (Street Fighter TV series)
Jay Hickman (Street Fighter II V ADV dub)
Dean Elliot (Street Fighter II V Animaze dub)
Voiced by (Japanese) Ryōichi Tanaka (Street Fighter II V)
Daiki Nakamura (Street Fighter II Mad Revenger Drama CD)
Portrayed by Robert Mammone (Street Fighter)
Chris Klein (The Legend of Chun-Li)
Fictional profile
Birthplace United States United States
Fighting style American Karate and Special Forces Military Training

Charlie Nash (チャーリー ナッシュ, Chaarii Nasshu), usually called Charlie in English and Nash (ナッシュ, Nasshu) in Japan, is a video game character from Capcom's Street Fighter fighting game series and media franchise. He was introduced as a playable character in the original Street Fighter Alpha, but was already part of the series' backstory since Street Fighter II. An alternate version of Charlie named Shadow appears as a hidden character in Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter.

Appearances[edit]

In video games[edit]

Charlie is first mentioned by name in Street Fighter II and its subsequent revisions, in which he is the military comrade, close friend and mentor of Guile, one of the selectable characters. Guile's motive for entering the Street Fighter II tournament is to avenge the death of Charlie, who was killed by the tournament's host M. Bison sometime before the events of the game. Charlie was made into a playable character in Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors' Dreams.

In the Alpha series, Charlie is a first lieutenant in the United States Air Force (USAF),[2] assigned to track down Bison and uncover corruption within the American military. In his endings in the first two Alpha games, Charlie is killed by Bison and his men. He is first struck by Bison from behind in the first game, and in the second game he is shot in the back by his own men and thrown down a waterfall in Venezuela, however, Guile's ending in the American version of Street Fighter II adds the location of Charlie's death as Cambodia. The console version of Street Fighter Alpha 3 introduces Guile as a playable character in the Alpha series, and his mission is to "find Commander Charlie".[3] In Guile's ending, he and Charlie infiltrate Bison's base to blow up the Psycho Drive, and Guile escapes while Charlie stays behind to hold off Bison. Charlie is presumed dead after the explosion.

Capcom announced on December 13, 2014 at the 2014 Capcom Cup tournament that Charlie is confirmed to return as a playable fighter in Capcom's upcoming Playstation 4 and PC exclusive fighting game, Street Fighter V.[4]

Charlie and other Street Fighter Alpha characters also appear in the crossover fighting game X-Men vs. Street Fighter and Marvel vs. Capcom 2. Charlie was also one of the characters scheduled to appear in Capcom's unreleased 3D fighting game Capcom Fighting All-Stars. He also has a cameo appearance in Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix, in two stages, in one of which he appears with Guile. Apart from fighting games, Charlie appears as a playable character in the shoot 'em up game Cannon Spike, with a fellow Street Fighter character Cammy.

Design and gameplay[edit]

Charlie's moves are based on Guile's, making him as a similar figure as Ken to Ryu, and his "Flash Kick" (Charlie uses both of Guile's special moves, albeit with altered animations) is more powerful than Guile's.[5] Since the Street Fighter Alpha series Charlie has been depicted as a military operative who wears green cargo pants and a yellow jacket, as well as a pair of glasses which he takes off before a fight. He has a hairstyle consisting of a large forelock of blond hair. Charlie has been depicted with drastically different character designs in his appearances in licensed Street Fighter media prior to his official Alpha debut.

Shadow[edit]

An alternate version of Charlie named Shadow appears as a hidden character in the crossover game, Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter. Shadow's sprite is the same as Charlie's, but with almost his entire body blacked out and a white eye shining behind his glasses. He has all Charlie's moves, but his attacks set his opponent alight with blue Psycho Power flames. Shadow also appears in Marvel vs. Capcom as a "helper" (a character that can assist the player in combat) and in Chun-Li's ending, rescuing her from Bison.

Other appearances[edit]

In Masaomi Kanzaki's manga adaptation of Street Fighter II, Guile is directly responsible for Charlie's death. Years before the events of the manga, Bison uses Charlie and other members of Guile's unit as guinea pigs for a mind-controlling substance. Charlie went insane during a mission and began attacking unarmed villagers, causing Guile to kill him. Charlie is shown in the manga as a silhouette with an insane smile.

In the 1994 film adaptation Street Fighter, Charlie is amalgamated with the character of Blanka to form the character Carlos "Charlie" Blanka, a friend of Colonel Guile and a soldier in his unit, who is taken prisoner in Bison's Shadaloo compound. His hair is changed to black for this film. When Bison discovers the friendship between Charlie and Guile through one of Guile's threats, he sends Charlie to be brainwashed and mutated by Dr. Dhalsim (Bison's unwilling scientist in this film) to become the green-skinned, red-haired killing machine known simply as Blanka. Dhalsim, however, secretly changes Blanka's mental programming to prevent him from becoming a killer. During a scuffle between Dhalsim and the lab guard, Blanka is released prematurely and his first act is to murder the guard to save Dhalsim. He later attacks Guile when he sneaks into the lab, but recognises him as his friend. He is almost shot by Guile in order to end his suffering, but Dhalsim stops him on the grounds that Blanka is essentially still himself. Blanka and Dhalsim later fight Bison's forces together when the AN army attacks Bison's base. In the climax, however, Blanka refuses to return to civilisation with Guile in his state, choosing to perish in the explosion of Bison's base along with a repentant Dhalsim. In the video game based on the movie, Blanka is a playable character, though in his mutated incarnation with the original Blanka's moveset. His ending in the home version reveals that he and Dhalsim both survived the explosion and Dhalsim eventually reverted him to his human form. It is also revealed in the follow-up animated series that they both survived.

Though Charlie does not physically appear in Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie, he is alluded to numerous times as Guile's best friend and primary motivation to destroy Bison, who killed Charlie sometime prior to the film's events.

The 1995 anime TV series Street Fighter II V, Nash first appears in episode 19, when he and Guile are hired by Ken's father to rescue him from Bison. Nash is later killed off in episode 26 after Bison strangles him to death. This version of Nash is depicted with slicked black hair and a beard, as Street Fighter Alpha was still in the earliest stages of development. In the English dub of the series, he is mostly referred to as Nash, but Guile sometimes calls him Charlie, and the narrator at one point calls him "Charlie Nash".

The American animated Street Fighter TV series, which aired from 1995 to 1997, adapts Blanka's origins from the live-action film into the series, thus merging Blanka and Charlie '​s characters into one as well. The episode "Eye of the Beholder" features Blanka reverting to his human form and he is given clothing similar to the ones Charlie wears in the Alpha games, but with Blanka's color scheme (a green vest and brown cargo pants). However, Charlie still retains Blanka's height and voice, and he's a lot slender than Blanka. In addition, Charlie is originally blond and blue-eyed in the original video game series. In the animated series, he has medium brown skin, black hair, and dark brown eyes.

Charlie Nash is played by Chris Klein in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, where he is portrayed as a member of Interpol.[6][7]

In the American Street Fighter comic book series, Charlie's Japanese name is made into his surname, giving him the full name of Charlie Nash (the name "Charlie Nash" would later be used again in Street Fighter IV, where it can be seen on his dogtag in Guile's opening movie). The comic goes on to include that it was in fact Charlie who taught Guile how to use the "Sonic Boom" technique, and indeed how to fight. Udon would also include Shadow as part of the comic's storyline: Bison captures Charlie, turns him into Shadow, using him as an agent. He tries to have Shadow kill Guile and Chun Li in Japan, but Charlie regains his memory in the fight and runs off. He later attempts to rejoin his friends, but is gunned down by Bison's helicopter. With the last of his strength, Charlie sacrifices himself by using his Somersault Justice to destroy the cliff on which they were fighting, sending both Bison and himself plunging into the sea.

In Ariga Hitoshi's manga series Rockman Remix and Rockman Megamix, set in the Mega Man universe, features Charlie as a newscaster in several chapters. The character is referred by his overseas name instead of "Nash".

Reception[edit]

The character was well received by critics and fans of the series. In 2008, D. F. Smith of IGN ranked Charlie as 16th on their list of top Street Fighter fighters.[5] He was ranked as 26th top Street Fighter character by Paul Furfari of UGO in 2010.[8] That same year, European Street Fighter champion Ryan Hart ranked Charlie as the tenth best Street Fighter character.[9] Heavy.com included him among top ten characters they wanted in Ultra Street Fighter IV, adding that he "has been a constant fan request for a while now."[10] In the official poll by Namco, Charlie has been the 21st most requested Street Fighter side character to be added to the roster of Tekken X Street Fighter, as of August 2012 raking up 5.20% of votes.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Charlie (Street Fighter), IGN.
  2. ^ Street Fighter Alpha 3, Charlie introduction sequence, Capcom, 1998.
  3. ^ Street Fighter Alpha 3, Guile introduction sequence, Capcom, 1998.
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ay-IUE6WlAo&list=UUVg9nCmmfIyP4QcGOnZZ9Qg
  5. ^ a b "Top 25 Street Fighter Characters". IGN. August 25, 2008. 
  6. ^ "'American Reunion' Star Chris Klein Talks About Playing Characters 'I Probably Wasn't Right For'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  7. ^ "Interview: Chris Klein on Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li". CanMag. 2009-02-25. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  8. ^ "Top 25 Street Fighter Characters". UGO. August 25, 2010. 
  9. ^ Stuart, Keith (2010-04-28). "Ryan Hart's Top 20 Street Fighter characters - Part 1". The Guardian (London). 
  10. ^ USF4: Top 10 Characters We Really Wanted in the Game, HEAVY, July 17, 2013.
  11. ^ Tekken vs Street Fighter, fb.namcobandaigames.com.