Rose (Street Fighter)

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Rose
Street Fighter character
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First game Street Fighter Alpha (1995)[1]
Voiced by (English) Teryl Rothery (Street Fighter animated series)
Carolyn Hennesy (Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation)
Gina Grad (Street Fighter IV)
Voiced by (Japanese) Yūko Miyamura (Street Fighter Alpha, Street Fighter Alpha 2)
Michiko Neya (Street Fighter Alpha 3, Namco × Capcom)
Ai Orikasa (Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation)
Akeno Watanabe (Street Fighter IV)
Portrayed by Elizaveta Kiryukhina (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li)
Fictional profile
Birthplace Genoa, Italy
Nationality Italian
Fighting style Soul Power
Occupation Fortune teller

Rose (ローズ Rōzu?) is a character in the Street Fighter series of video games. First introduced in Street Fighter Alpha, Rose is a fortune teller who wields a pure energy known as Soul Power. She was the third female character to appear in the Street Fighter series, after Chun-Li and Cammy.

Appearances[edit]

In video games[edit]

Rose first appears in Street Fighter Alpha, characterized as a mystic fortune teller from Genoa, Italy, who searches the world for M. Bison to eradicate his evil power with her unique ability, known as Soul Power. At the end of the game, Rose engages Bison in combat and seems to kill him. In the ending of Street Fighter Alpha 2, however, she consults her tarot cards and learns that Bison survived.[2]

At the climax of Street Fighter Alpha 3, Rose faces Bison once more and rams her fist through his chest, channeling her energy into his body. As Bison grapples with Rose, he reveals that they both share half of "the same soul". In the end, Bison's physical form evaporates and Rose collapses from exhaustion. Soon after, Guy recovers her and takes her to safety.[3] Although it appears as if Bison has been killed, he has transferred his consciousness into Rose, effectively claiming her body. In the period between the Alpha series and Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, Bison remains inside Rose's body until his scientists can form a new (albeit weaker) one for him. Bison appears as the final boss of Street Fighter II. The Street Fighter IV Training Guide reveals that Rose survived the possession but has no memory of it.[4]

Rose returns in the home versions of Street Fighter IV as an additional character, voiced by Gina Grad. Her purpose is to track down Bison and stop him for good after learning that he has survived Akuma's attack at the end of the second World Warrior tournament.[4] While competing in the tournament, she runs into Ryu. She is determined to halt his advancement for his own protection, saying that he is "the last hope", and they reluctantly fight. In her ending, she is confronted by Bison, who takes his remaining power back from her, causing her to fall to the ground unconscious. As Bison stands over her, he declares his intention to keep her alive to satisfy his soul. The situation is resolved in Guy's ending of Super Street Fighter IV, when Guy rescues Rose from Bison as he attempts to flee with her.

In other media[edit]

Rose makes a cameo appearance in an episode of the first season of the American Street Fighter cartoon series ("The Medium is the Message") as a competitor in a Street Fighter tournament in India among other Street Fighter Alpha characters. She has a more prominent role in the second season episode "The Flame and the Rose", where she teams up with Ken and Blanka to fight against Bison.

Rose also plays a major role in the 1995 manga adaptation of Street Fighter Alpha by Masahiko Nakahira, where she is a soothsayer who guides Ryu in his quest to control the Dark Hadou. She plays a similar role in the 1999 Street Fighter Alpha: The Movie OVA.

Rose is M. Bison's daughter in the 2009 live-action film Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li and a manifestation of his good side. Throughout the early parts of the film she is referred to as "White Rose" and is Bison's most valued possession.

In the Street Fighter comics by UDON in close collaboration with Capcom, it is told that Rose was a member of a tribe of Roma (a.k.a. Gypsies) that followed a white haired woman known only as Master. The woman had a glowing yellow lightning bolt on her forehead and a very similar hairstyle to Rose. When Rose was a child (roughly ten years of age), M. Bison, a former student of the Master, returned to the tribe and declared that he was going to kill Master, as her knowledge of Soul Power was a threat to him. Though Master fought bravely, Bison's Psycho Power (corrupted Soul Power) ultimately killed her and almost every other person present in the village. Only a man who was away chopping wood away from the village survived. He returned after the explosion and discovered an unconscious Rose who now bore Master's Lightning bolt on her forehead (events in Street Fighter II #1). In Street Fighter #2, Cammy was tracking Ken and Ryu in San Francisco where she was intercepted by Rose. Later, Rose completely cleansed Cammy of the Psycho Power's influence and erased her brainwashing. She later deposited Cammy on the doorstep of the British Embassy in Italy where her instinctual response to a terrorist attack directly led to her being recruited to Delta Red, the organization she works for in Super Street Fighter II. Rose is distressed when Cammy, under the employ of MI5, not only returns to a life of violence but also engages in missions that will inevitably lead her back to Bison. At the conclusion of the Street Fighter II line of comics (issue #6), Rose directly confronts Bison (alongside Cammy) and attempts to finally put an end to him. However, he overpowers her with ease and ends up sapping her of her life force. Rose's body dies but her soul continues to live on and comes to haunt Bison in the following comic series (based on Street Fighter II Turbo).

Reception[edit]

IGN featured Rose in their 2008 list of top Street Fighter fighters as the 20th best character in the franchise, praising her "unique gameplay" and calling her "the physical manifestation of M. Bison's good side".[5] Rose placed 29th on the 2010 list of top Street Fighter character by UGO.com, who called her "arguably the strongest female character in the series."[6] In 2012, ScrewAttack included her on their 2012 list of top ten underrated Street Fighter characters.[7]

GameDaily included her in two lists of their "Babe of the Week" feature, including in the gallery "Hot, But Annoying", and in an individual gallery titled "Rose", commenting the fact Rose does not need to show her cleavage to look sexy.[8][9] Lisa Foiles of The Escapist included Rose on her list of five most impractical female hairstyles in games.[10] In an official poll by Namco, Rose has been the 11th most requested Street Fighter side character to be added to the roster of Tekken X Street Fighter, as of August 2012 raking up 11.10% of votes.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rose (Street Fighter) - IGN
  2. ^ Ending for Street Fighter Alpha 2 – Rose. VGMuseum. Retrieved on 2008-4-2.
  3. ^ Ending for Street Fighter Alpha 3 – Rose. VGMuseum. Retrieved on 2008-4-9.
  4. ^ a b "You must read the Street Fighter IV 'Training Manual' to stand a chance — Photo". Destructoid. 2006-03-16. Retrieved 2010-07-02. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Top 25 Street Fighter Characters". IGN. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  6. ^ "Top 25 Street Fighter Characters". UGO.com. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 
  7. ^ ScrewAttack, Top 10 Underrated Street Fighter Characters, GameTrailers.com, 03/17/2012.
  8. ^ "Babe of the Week: Hot, But Annoying". GameDaily. Archived from the original on March 10, 2009. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Babe of the Week: Rose". GameDaily. Archived from the original on March 3, 2009. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  10. ^ Lisa Foiles. "Top 5 Most Impractical Female Character Hairstyles | Top 5 with Lisa Foiles Video Gallery | The Escapist". Escapistmagazine.com. Retrieved 2014-06-20. 
  11. ^ Tekken vs Street Fighter, fb.namcobandaigames.com.

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