Eagle (イーグル, Īguru?) is a character in the Street Fighter series. He first appeared in the original Street Fighter game as one of the ten CPU opponents. Eagle's weapons of choice are twin kali sticks.
Eagle is a tall, muscular fighter with blonde hair arranged in a pompadour. In the original Street Fighter, Eagle's outfit consisted of a tuxedo without the jacket, a bow tie, and suspenders. However, in Capcom vs. SNK 2 and the Game Boy Advance and PlayStation Portable versions of Alpha 3, he wears a white dress shirt with a red ascot tie, black pants, white gloves, and of course, his suspenders. His pomp, suspenders, and formal dress make Eagle a sort of counterpart to Birdie, a punk.
Eagle was born in the UK. A cold-blooded individual, Eagle is a bouncer who was employed as a newly-rich noble family's bodyguard during the first World Warrior tournament. He was hired to defeat Sagat, but was unsuccessful and returned to the bar scene, eventually becoming a living legend.
In the Game Boy Advance and PlayStation Portable version of Street Fighter Alpha 3, in a possibly non-canon story, Eagle seeks to perfect the beauty and find a perfect duel to match his fighting style. He finds Guile and, knowing he is the bravest and strongest fighter in the Air Force, wants to test him. Guile refuses and wastes his time but overall they fight nonetheless. After Eagle wins their match, he wants to know what's Guile's mission. Guile tells him he is on a mission to stop Shadaloo and and has heard rumors about Sagat joining them. Once Eagle hears this, he decides to find the Muay Thai King in order to test his long-time rival. Finally he finds Sagat and finds it unfitting to see the former Muay Thai King reduced to a mere Shadaloo goon and they fight. Eagle then finds Bison is intrigued to see Sagat defeated by him. Eagle fights Bison and Eagle emerges the victor. Guile asks him to help do one more thing; rescue Charlie and destroy the Psycho Driver. While they infiltrate Shadaloo's headquarters, they find Charlie trapped in the Psycho Drive Power Plant. Eagle then destroys the machine with his perfected fighting skills and saves Charlie from harm. Eagle is excited that he had the chance to be back on the battlefield and thanks Guile, Chun-Li and Charlie for the experience.
Eagle fights with two singlesticks.
- He is named after the Golfing term "Eagle." The other English character from the first Street Fighter game; Birdie, is also named after a golf term.
- Starting with his Capcom vs. SNK 2 incarnation, it is apparent that Eagle had been made into an homage to the late Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury. In addition to resembling a blonde version of Mercury, some of Eagle's quotes are remniscent of him.
- This has lead to speculation that since Mercury was homosexual, Eagle is as well. This is backed up by several of his Japanese winquotes, which seem to indicate that he is homosexual.
- He is one of the first two characters to wield a weapon in the series, along with Geki.
- Of all the characters in the original Street Fighter, Eagle is the only one whose second appearance would not be within the Street Fighter II or Street Fighter Alpha series. In his case, it was Capcom vs. SNK 2 which marked his playable debut. He did, however, join the Alpha series afterwards in the GBA and PSP version of Street Fighter Alpha 3.
- Eagle appeared in the pages of Masahiko Nakahira's Street Fighter Alpha manga years before his actual comeback in the games. The same thing happened with Maki in the Sakura Ganbaru manga. Both made their comeback in Capcom vs. SNK 2 with slight redesigns inspired by their manga appearances.
- Mr. Big's (from SNK's The King of Fighters series) fighting style is similar to Eagle's own fighting style, possessing some similar attributes.
- After fighting Adon in Street Fighter Alpha 3, Eagle says "So little has changed since I saw you last...", a reference to the fact that both were in the original Street Fighter, and that neither have been in the same game until then.
- Ironically, Eagle and Adon haven't been in the same game since.
- Each of Eagle's special attacks and Super Combos are named after a British city, locale, or historical reference.
- In the original Street Fighter, Eagle's stage is in front of a castle (presumably that of the noble family he works as a bodyguard for) standing in British countryside and overlooking a lake in a valley
- Dudley also wears a dinner suit and hails from England, as well as having the same characteristic of being gentlemen and upholding chivalrous values. Necro is completely different from Eagle in terms of visual appearance, but two of Necro's special moves (i.e., Flying Viper and Tornado Hook) are highly reminiscent of Eagle's moves from the original Street Fighter.
- In Capcom vs SNK 2 and Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max, it shows that Eagle and Zangief have some sort of rivalry before they fight. However, this is somewhat dubious, since they have never been shown interacting with each other.