Sometimes designing a character for a fighting game with a long history can be difficult to make unique and stand out from the names that came before. But when Street Fighter 4 was released in the long line of Street Fighter remakes and spin-offs, the new characters that came in with the old ones were quite easy to get behind and control. Especially in this instance of a groundbreaking new femme fatale who literally lights up the stage with fire, electricity, and an incredibly sizzling appeal to the male demographic. She’s nobody’s angel and far from an Avenger, this is Crimson Viper.
Unlike all the other fighters, C. Viper doesn’t have a background in Martial Arts, Tai Chi, or Taekwondo. She relies soley on her combat training that implements all the tools and weapons laced within her sturdy (and revealing) battle suit she’s equipped with. Her suit includes “Thunder Knuckles” capable of sending shockwaves of electricity through her opponents, Jet Boots that give her both capable means of air propulsion as well as burning her opponents with huge flaming kicks, and a “Seismic Hammer” within the gloves which can trigger an explosion on the ground which would be like setting off a mine under anyone in her way. The irony of it all is these weapons were all meant for stealth espionage missions as opposed to head-on combat.
C. Viper (real name Maya) enters the World Warriors Tournament in Street Figher 4 as the first playble female from the United States out of the entirety of the series. But what also sets her apart from the long line of Street Fighter beauties is the fact she has a daughter at home named Lauren. Therefore this makes her the first playable fighting mother and in the eyes of many loving male gamers, the first “MILF” of Capcom’s flagship game. (If you’re not aware of the meaning of MILF, Google it because this is a SFW article.) There are many rumors floating around as to who the father of Lauren and husband of Viper is or was, whether it’s an existing male character also from the US or possibly someone deceased. Whatever the case may be, it’s obvious that with as hard a shell she projects outside when dealing in business or fighting, she still has a gentle heart to care for her daughter like any good mother would.
Her orders come from her superiors in (presumably) the CIA and has every intention of carrying them out by any means necessary. Storyline-wise in SF4, her mission is to infiltrate the S.I.N. coporation and flush out the details about Project BLECE. Her other goal was eliminating the synthetic being Seth and destroy “the remaining 26,” whomever they may be. A true testament of her skills in combat showed when she was one of the few to be included in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, with her ending scene depicting her being hired by Nick Fury of Marvel comics fame to join S.H.I.E.L.D. Something major like that hasn’t been seen ever since Chun-Li was the first non-mutant invited to join the X-Men in the first Marvel vs. Capcom game.
With her presence being made in a big manner in recent years, Capcom and Street Fighter fans yearn for what the next part of her mission will bring as well as details about her family’s history, if there is one to be revealed. But even with as little as there has been of C. Viper to see thus far, she is debatably the best and unmatched female from the new generation of Street Fighter characters and the video game babe who as good as she looks, will make you cry for mommy.
This is Greg P., examining video game babes for you and me.