Ed (エド Edo ), originally known as the Bandaged Boy, is a video game character from the Street Fighter series of fighting games, first seen in Rose's Street Fighter IV ending and then in Balrog's Super Street Fighter IV prologue and ending. He made his playable debut in the second DLC season of Street Fighter V. Ed is the Psycho Power wielding protégé of Balrog, kidnapped by Shadaloo as a potential substitute body for M. Bison.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Ed has short blond hair and blue eyes. When activating his Psycho Powers from his hands, his eyes glow purple.
In Balrog's Super Street Fighter IV ending, he was seen in a patient uniform and his head was covered in bandages. In Street Fighter V, Ed is a teenager with short blond hair. He wears a white sleeveless hoodie jacket, black trousers, and red sneakers. He also has a bar code tattoo on his left arm and wears a matching set of white wristbands. He mostly wears his hood up. This outfit is his first alternate costume in Street Fighter V.
As a playable fighter, he wears a blue Shadaloo uniform, which lacks sleeves, and wears white-striped black MMA sparring gloves. His physical appearance has also changed since his stunt in A Shadow Falls, becoming older, taller and a lot more muscular.
His second alternate costume consists of black boxing shorts with red trim, dark red tights, and navy blue boxing boots. He also wears a red military jacket resembling Bison's to cover both of his shoulders and a corresponding hat on his head. Like Balrog, he wears red boxing gloves.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Not at all like the young, defenseless boy he once was during the Street Fighter IV events, Ed has grown a large muscular body to match his ego by the time Street Fighter V takes time. He can be cocky and flashy while taking on his opponent, having his own fair share of fun in the process.
Despite his attitude, Ed can (as noted by his win quotes) show his appreciation towards certain opponents, such as Balrog and Ken, as well as giving some advice to other opponents like Cammy and Chun-Li. Like-wise, other characters such as Alex, Ryu, Ken and Dhalsim also gives Ed some good advice in their win quotes against him.
Ed has a strong hatred towards M. Bison and Shadaloo for kidnapping him when he was young.
Concept[edit | edit source]
Ed, in his Street Fighter V era design, appears to bear inspiration from SNK fighter Rock Howard, the lead character in Garou: Mark of the Wolves. Along with sharing origins stemming from their series' main antagonists, Rock was depicted in his ending to a morally ambiguous path of helping his uncle Kain R. Heinlein start a new questionable enterprise in the city of Second Southtown within Fatal Fury canon. Ed may also represent the further nearing of a New Generation much like Rock and Alex, as he takes on his fighting style after Balrog and M. Bison.
His use of "psychic" powers and being the leader of an organization reinstated as a reformed and more benevolent incarnation for those bereaved and agonized from its predecessor hearkens to the lead characters Burn Griffiths and Keith Evans, and by extension, the independent state of Neo NOA from the anime-themed flying 3D fighting game Psychic Force.
Story[edit | edit source]
Early life[edit | edit source]
First seen in Rose's Street Fighter IV ending, Ed was kidnapped at some early point by Shadaloo in order to become one of many spare bodies that will serve as a possible vessel for M. Bison. Ed was later stolen by Seth and placed within S.I.N.'s laboratory. He has the mark of Shadaloo on his hand and is able to use a small amount of Psycho Power.
Ed was eventually found by Balrog while the latter was searching for treasure around the S.I.N. laboratory. Although he decides to ignore Ed at first, upon begging Balrog to help him, Balrog notices a symbol glowing on Ed's hand. Balrog rescues him from the crumbling S.I.N. laboratory, believing that it was his (Balrog) lucky day. As they leave, Balrog asks Ed about his abilities, but Ed says that he has none. Nevertheless, Balrog decides to drag Ed along, knowing that Ed can be useful in the future. During this, the symbol begins glowing on Ed's hand again.
Character Story[edit | edit source]
After being rescued by Balrog, Ed was taken into the Shadaloo Base by the boxer. Despite being taken into refuge, Ed would constantly suffer nightmares that would go on as he ages into a teenager. He and Balrog would then travel to India but Ed would still be unsettled and would later meet a female fortune teller who would tell him about his doomed fate and that he and Balrog would have hard times. Balrog would then meet Guile and Zangief and ask Ed's help in combatting them.
Later on, He and Balrog would then travel and take refuge in New Zealand after the fall of Shadaloo and the death of Bison. However, Ed would then experience another one of his nightmares and was about to be possessed by Phantom Bison, a spirit of M. Bison himself. Ed would fight off the spirit and prevent it from possessing him before leaving the tent they're sleeping in to travel elsewhere. Balrog would then wake up and ask him what's troubling him. Ed would then tell Balrog that he'll get hurt if he stays with him, with Balrog stating that he won't get hurt and that Ed's a chump.
Angered, Ed would retort that he's no chump and that the boxer's nothing without him before telling Balrog to go away, with Balrog stating that he's got a lot to learn. The two would clash, with Ed prevailing. Balrog would then tell Ed to go away, which Ed sadly does.
Months would pass and Ed would grow into a young adult. He states that his destiny is controlled only by himself, and sets out with several new companions by his side, now the commander of his own organization, Neo Shadaloo.
A Shadow Falls[edit | edit source]
In A Shadow Falls, Ed helped Balrog take Zangief's control key but it was later taken by Ibuki during the first infiltration of the Shadaloo base before he could use his power to take the piece. After Bison's defeat by Ryu and the destruction of Shadaloo, Ed was seen walking away with Balrog.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Fighting style[edit | edit source]
Ed utilizes a boxing style infused with Psycho Power, refered as Psycho Boxing. Like Balrog, he also uses moves not considered legal in boxing; in this case, kicking. The way Ed fights (excluding the Psycho Power-related attacks) may be inspired by MMA-styled boxing.
Moveset[edit | edit source]
Ed is unique among the playable Street Fighter cast due to the way his special attacks are performed. Rather than using traditional inputs, Ed's moves are done by either pressing multiple buttons together, or by holding or pressing buttons repeatedly. While there are other characters who perform moves via these inputs, Ed's entire moveset consists exclusively of them.
His V-Skill is the Psycho Snatcher where he pulls his opponent towards him. His V-Trigger Psycho Cannon forms a ball of Psycho energy that slowly advances towards his opponent and similar to Urien's Aegis Reflector, this move also serves as his combo extender. His Critical Art is the Psycho Barrage and is the only move performed via quarter-circle motions. He unleashes a flurry of punches fused with a powerful Psycho energy towards the opponent if it connects and heavily knocks the opponent with a single uppercut. This move is nearly identical to Dudley's Rolling Thunder but with additional changes.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Ed is the third playable boxer (fourth if counting EX character Cracker Jack) in the series, the first two being Balrog and Dudley.
- Ed is also the fifth playable character who was originally meant to be a "replacement body" for M. Bison, the first four being Cammy, Abel, Seth and Decapre.
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References[edit | edit source]
- Street Fighter V Character Encyclopedia: Ed
- Street Fighter V Stat Card
- Street Fighter: World Warrior Encyclopedia Hardcover