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Another Capcom Post: Featuring POISON!

This past weekend at the San Diego Comic-Con Capcom unveiled a brand new trailer for the upcoming Street Fighter X Tekken and surprised everyone with the newest challenger to join the fray: Poison.

Yes, Poison, the riding crop wielding transgender (post or pre-op depending on region) Final Fight and Street Fighter vixen who, you might recall, has high standards.

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Poison is notable for being one of the few transgender characters in mainstream gaming, though she wasn't originally conceived as such.

When first introduced as a character in 1989's sidescrolling beat 'em up Final Fight she was female but was changed to being transgender to appease American audiences who found issue with the idea of hitting a woman. Ultimately she was replaced in the US version anyway and though every US port of Final Fight has excluded the pink-haired bombshell her trans-history remained intact when the franchise made the jump to 3D in 1999's Final Fight: Revenge.

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On the subject of her gender, Street Fighter 4 producer Yoshinori Ono said in 2008,

Let's set the record straight: In North America, Poison is officially a post-op transsexual. But in Japan, she simply tucks her business away to look female.

Despite her relatively small number of in-game appearances, most merely cameos, Poison has been a longtime fan favorite character. She even got an official statue made of her!

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Her popularity has led to appearances in many Capcom games, usually as Hugo's manager or as a background character a la Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, but she has always gotten the short end of the stick when it comes to being playable. To date her only playable appearance has been in Final Fight: Revenge, a game that only saw release in arcades and on Japanese Sega Saturns, with all subsequent playable appearances being either cut or canceled entirely.


Street Fighter X Tekken will be Poison's first playable appearance in over a decade and for many non-Japanese gamers this will be their first chance to get their hands on her. There's really no other way to say that....

But here's the big question: With Poison making her long awaited playable appearance in one of the most highly anticipated fighters of 2012, will Capcom have the balls see what I did there to retain Poison's history? It'd be a big loss for the Trans-gaming community if Capcom decided to retcon the poor gal.

Normally I'd say I trust Capcom to do the right thing but considering the last big decision they made I'm a little weary.

While we all speculate on that here's more footage of Poison in action.

Street Fighter X Tekken, now 100x more fabulous thanks to Poison, is due for release in March 2012.

10 Comments

Nexus said:

While it is obviously your right to feel that way, I don't really see the connection between cancelling MML3 and possible omitting transgender history for one character in a game.

Anyway, a great addition to the roster.
Looking forward a lot more now that I know Poison will be playable.

Gamescook said:

So, why is Cody still in chains? And how does Poison have breasts? "Best of both worlds" perhaps?

Eric said:

I think Poison's origins are safe, if not an obviously exploited facet of her personality if you take all the crotch shots of her in any of the gameplay trailers as an indication.

Kahlan said:

"How does Poison have breasts?" Cause...all transwoman do? Hormones are a magical thing my friend.

Anyways, been looking forward to kicking some guy's ass as my favorite transexual hottie, was sad she wasn't in SF4, but at least this somewhat makes up for it. ^_^

gogoedward said:

@Nexus, wasn't trying to make a connection between the two beyond the general bad decision making that Capcom as a company has been making of late. MML3 is just the most notable on a long list of recent questionable choices spanning multiple games.

It wasn't "They canceled MML3 so obviously they're going to retcon Poison" but rather "They've been making bad decisions lately, like MML3, so I hope they don't make a bad one concerning Poison."

DrunkenLemur said:

Am I selfish if I also want Hugo and Haggar to be playable? It's fairly obvious that Cody and Guy will be. I sometimes forget that when crossing over only two franchises you get to use more characters from both series. Makes me question whether or not I'd want to see a full on Capcom vs Namco fighting game.

MConfused said:

It's nice to finally be able to 'meet' her,I've only ever read and heard about her but from what I've gathered I'll definitely enjoy this new addition.

Now if only Capcom decides to put Juri in the game so we can have some epic Hwoarang vs Juri Taekwondo face-off.

Ginger Snapped said:

This is probably completely missing the point of the article, but... is that Tara Strong voicing Poison? Because if so, YES!

gogoedward said:

@DrunkenLemur you might want to check out Namco X Capcom. It's hard to find and only available in Japanese and is an RPG not a fighter, but it pulls from all corners of both Capcom and Namco.

Klonoa and KOSMOS meeting Servbot and Hideo Shimazu.

Briker Ed said:

Everything(!) in this trailer was shadowed by the fact that everyone sweats like a pig! Ridiculoso~!

And girls who like girls who like rumble packs!

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