F.A.N.G, known as the "Great F.A.N.G" or F.A.N.G-sama in Japanese, is a character from the Street Fighter series of fighting games. He makes his debut in Street Fighter V. He was the fourth and last of the first new fighters confirmed for Street Fighter V. He is also one of the game's bosses.
F.A.N.G is a very thin and tall man with a goatee who wears a loose, purple Chinese qipao with round Chinese sign at the front of his qipao, black Chinese capris and a matching Chinese toe shoes and red long socks. He also wears black shades and a large black hat with red linings.
The idea of a fighter who uses poison in the Street Fighter games was originally considered during development of Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, when the team members had a debate on including Remy or a different, poison-using character. F.A.N.G's early design originally had him as a Shaolin Monk.
F.A.N.G's design, and several of his moves, draws comparisons to various fictional characters from a plethora of other media, such as Hsien-Ko from Capcom's Darkstalkers, Kung Lao from Mortal Kombat, Thin Man from XCOM: Enemy Unknown and the two assassins known as the "Harpists" in the film Kung Fu Hustle. His use of poison and fascination with the number two appears to be derived from the Fist of the North Star minor antagonist Alf of the Shura arc, who was a fighter boastful of his victories claimed in under two minutes and baited opponents into striking his poison laced cape.
F.A.N.G is flamboyant, but elitist and condescending towards others, an example being his interaction with Birdie, who he considers foolish and a throwaway for rejecting to serve M. Bison in Shadaloo, and with Vega, whom he insists on putting back in his hierarchical place. F.A.N.G is obsessed with protocol and order, with this apparent meticulousness being intense enough to drive Birdie to defect Shadaloo. He runs the administrative operations of Shadaloo, but he is shown to be cold and uncaring to his underlings, especially the Dolls, who he refers to by numbers rather than their names.
F.A.N.G appears to be extremely loyal to M. Bison, insisting on being his second in command. He displays a fixation on the number "2" in general, with the character on his qipao meaning "2", although written poorly (as noted by Karin and Chun-Li in their victory quotes against him, with the latter even questioning if he's Chinese at all) as he supposedly wrote the arcaic character 貳 but added an extra stroke at the top, and his smug threat that he'll finish his opponents in just two minutes. His metric height, 222 cm, also alludes to this. It should be noted that the character on his qipao can also be interpreted to mean "To betray", suggesting that F.A.N.G may not be as loyal to M. Bison as one would think, although it possibly just refers to his first interaction with Bison, which was a betrayal and assassination attempt.
F.A.N.G is mainly driven by an intense desire to survive, living his life believing every day could be his last. He grew up in harsh conditions, constantly surrounded by the death of others, so he draws strength from his indomitable will to live, a quality that impressed Bison when they first met. No matter the situation, F.A.N.G will always strive for the side that kills rather than the side that dies, as he was raised to know only these two things.
F.A.N.G is second-in-command of Shadaloo, ranking below only M. Bison in the hierarchy (replacing Sagat at some unspecified point). He conducts experiments inside the doors of Shadaloo research facilities.
In his prologue story, he served as an underling to Bison, he was later at the Shadaloo research facilities observing someone. In the main story, F.A.N.G enters the new Shadaloo base which is the Lair of the Four Kings stage.
Fighting Style and Gameplay
F.A.N.G is a tricky mix-up character who introduces a series first mechanic; poison. Whenever his poison attacks connect, they continuously deal damage to the opponent’s life bar until he gets hit or the poison runs its course. Paired with his ability to poison, F.A.N.G has long range attacks and slippery movements.
His V-Skill, Nishodoku, sends out a slow moving poison-filled projectile. If it makes contact with the opponent, it will begin to slowly deal damage. His V-Trigger, Dokunomu, is his ultimate defense: F.A.N.G emits a poisonous cloud around his body that constantly deals damage to the opponent as long as they’re near him. He's not recommended for beginner players.
His Critical Art has him launching his opponent into the air, pursuing them, and flapping his sludge covered arms like a bird to damage them.
- His name is possibly derived from the word, "fang" meaning a sharp tooth. Like his special attacks and his Critical Art, his name also derives from a snake and spider fang who are able to inflict poisonous venom with their teeth.
- Additionally, "Fang" is a Chinese family name meaning "Fragrant", which is perhaps used ironically in his case as he is able to produce and emit poison gas
- As can be heard in-game, the announcer correctly pronounces his name as "Fong", which is how the name "Fang" is said in Cantonese.
- When F.A.N.G was leaked in audio files of the game's beta, it was thought that his name was 'Fan'. Even his model's name was codenamed "FAN".
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZanPY1JvTQ
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 http://www.capcom-unity.com/haunts/blog/2015/12/05/fang-finally-emerges-in-sfv-and-psx-announcements
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 http://hadoken.net/capcom-devs-sfv-interview/
- ↑ http://hadoken.net/early-street-fighter-v-character-designs/
- ↑ http://hadoken.net/sfv-audio-leak/
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