Birdie, as he appears in Street Fighter Alpha.
|Weight||111kg (244 lbs)|
|Likes||Beer, beef jerky, making money|
|Dislikes||Children, the police|
|Measurements (Bust, Waist, Hip)||156cm (61"), 102cm (40"), 106cm (41")|
|Fighting Style||Wrestling + street fighting|
Birdie is a character from the Street Fighter series. He first appeared in the original Street Fighter game as one of the ten CPU opponents, and and made later prominent appearances in the Street Fighter Alpha games. He is set to appear in the upcoming Street Fighter V.
Birdie is a hulking black Briton man with dyed blonde hair, a blue leather vest, several rings, and oddly pointed shoes. His unusual looking shoes are more common to punks in Japan, rather than the combat boots worn by punks in Birdie's native England. He also has a tattoo of a red heart on the side of his head and sports a patently impossible hole in the center of his mohawk, giving his unique hairstyle the appearance of a sharp bird's beak. Overall, he is depicted as a late 1970's British punk rocker.
Birdie's appearance in the Alpha series was distinctly changed from his appearance in the original Street Fighter. In the original game, Birdie was a tall, not particularly heavyset Caucasian with a regular (without the hole) orange-red mohawk in confrontation screen and blonde during rounds. In the Alpha series, Birdie is considerably larger, more muscular and has a different skin color. Acknowledging this, there is a win quote in Street Fighter Alpha 3, in which he says he was "pale" because he was "sick". His lips are also larger than his original appearance.
Birdie, when standing up full height (best seen while walking), is about the height of Sagat making him one of the tallest characters in the series.
In Street Fighter V, Birdie has gained a beer belly, being much more overweight than his appearance in the Alpha series. Birdie retains his style and trinkets from the Alpha series, more or less. However due to Street Fighter V's art style being more realistic compared to the anime style of the Alpha series, he looks grimy and disheveled. His mohawk is also animated more realistically due to the shift from sprites to 3D models. The unusual hole in his hair is also absent.
Birdie's character is very fitting of the "dim-witted brute" archetype. He is violent, short tempered and generally unkind to others around him and has an unsettling habit of licking his chain attached to his wrist before and/or after combat. Oddly, Birdie seems to be shown more positively in some of the expanded media of Street Fighter as opposed to his character in the actual games. For example, he is shown to be friends with Ryu and allies himself with Chun-Li in the Alpha manga.
In Street Fighter V, his personality has changed less from a serious, unkind and unsociable thug and more to a comical glutton who enjoys eating, even during fights. He also seems to be less aggressive towards others as seen in his win quotes against Ryu and Cammy.
Prior to his criminal career, Birdie was a professional wrestler, teaming with occasional rival Titanic Tim (from the Saturday Night Slam Masters series) as the "500 Million Trillion Powers". He turned to a life of crime when his wrestling career ended, doing some street fighting on the side to add to his income, as well as nightclub bouncing.
His notoriety got him invited to the first World Warrior tournament.He was suffering from a particularly nasty strain of flu, however, and lost his fight with Ryu.
Street Fighter Alpha 2Edit
Despite this setback, Birdie rose up the criminal ranks. He eventually became aware of an organization called Shadaloo and, tracking down their leader, M. Bison, demonstrated his fighting skills to join them. However, Bison only wanted a test subject, and used Birdie to perform painful and demeaning experiments. Birdie resolved to get even.
Sneaking into a Shadaloo data room, he learned about the Psycho Drive machine, not aware that M. Bison was watching him. Thinking he could use it to overthrow Bison and become lord of Shadoloo himself, he set out to find it. Bison sent Balrog to kill Birdie, but Birdie convinced Balrog to help him instead by telling him how the Psycho Drive could make them powerful. Hindered by Balrog's incompetence, however, Birdie couldn't find the Drive before it exploded.
Birdie will appear in Street Fighter V as a returning playable character. He was confirmed, along with Cammy, on June 15 at the E3 2015. By the time Street Fighter V takes place, Birdie is no longer a member of Shadaloo.
Birdie combines brawling with wrestling. His favorite techniques involve headbutting the opponent through the use of his attacks, Bull Head and Bull Horn. Bull Horn offers a moment of invulnerablility before attacking so it can be used to avoid projectiles and other attacks. It can be charged up much like Balrog's Turn Punch, but unlike Turn Punch it hits multiple times. His Bull Head is a full on charging headbutt but using it leaves him completely open so the player should use it carefully.
His best attacks are his grappling techniques, Bandit Chain and Murderer Chain. The player should use his other attacks to get in close, then pull off his grappling techniques to cause damage. He also has good air superiority and priority with his standing fierce and roundhouse.
- Birdie appears in the Street Fighter Alpha manga series and Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation. Unlike his normally more evil and brutish nature, Birdie is shown in a surprisingly much more positive fashion in them, Birdie is shown in a surprisingly much more positive fashion in them, portrayed as a violent, but honorable ally. In the former, he is a leader of a group of drug dealers, but is a close friend and companion to Ryu, as Ryu was the first person (other than Birdie's own mother) to be kind to him. He even teams up with Chun-Li who was trying to arrest him in order to stop his friend from killing everyone due to the influence of the Satsui no Hadou. In the latter, he is the most prominent of the Alpha characters, and is depicted with an American accent and an oddly noble and heroic personality. Though just as arrogant and violent as his game counterpart, he still implored Ken and Chun-Li to leave him and escape with the others even though his ki was being extracted, and he continuously defends them from Dr. Sadler's android enforcer despite being severely beaten several times. He is last seen being taken to safety.
- Birdie appears as a card in the SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash series.
- He makes a non-playable appearance in Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix.
- Birdie also appeared in UDON's Street Fighter IV comic where he was seen "ripping heads off baby dolls for ammo" when he mentioned S.I.N, Abel came in and fought him for information about S.I.N.
- He is named after the Golfing term "Birdie". The other English character from the first Street Fighter, Eagle, is also named after a golf term.
- As mentioned above, one of Birdie's rivals is Titanic Tim from Capcom's Saturday Night Slam Masters series of wrestling games.
- Furthermore, When Birdie and Tim were a tag team, they went by the name "500 Trillion Powers", a parody of the mid-80s Randy Savage/Hulk Hogan tag team The Mega Powers.
- The tag team name 500 Million Trillion Powers could also possibly a play off a tag team from the wrestling manga Kinnikuman, the 20 Million Powers.
- Birdie's SF1 stage music is remixed for the first two Street Fighter Alpha games.
- Birdie also has the notable quality of being one of the few Street Fighter characters to change so drastically in his appearance (Caucasian to Black, changes in hair, clothes and stance).
- In Hakan's opening in SSFIV, he is shown beating and interogating a punk who closely resembles Birdie's original design.
- Birdie is the first known black British character in the series, followed by Dudley.
- Acording to UDON's Street Fighter: World Warrior encyclopedia Birdie sees Zangief as a rival, not because of his wrestling background but because he perceives Zangief's mohawk as a challenge.
- Birdie is the first fighter whose neutral pose can damage the opponent. In Street Fighter V, he picks his nose and flicks it at the opponent.