is a fictional character in the Street Fighter series of video games. Created by Akira Yasuda for Capcom, Zangief first appeared in Street Fighter II, later appearing in other games, media, and promotions related to the Street Fighter franchise. Zangief is considered to be the first fighting game character whose moveset is centered around grappling.
Designed by Akira Yasuda, Zangief was initially conceived as a character named "Vodka Gobalsky", planned to be strong in all attributes but extremely slow. Early designs of the character closely resembled the character's finalized appearance, but with the addition of a black tanktop and anchor tattoo on his upper arms. Many have theorized it was also based, in part, to animated character Bluto-as well as mannerisms. Later in development, his name was changed to Zangief (alternately spelled throughout the games as "Zangrief"/"Zangiev"), with the initial storyline that he was banned from professional wrestling for breaking the rules, currently engaging in underground wrestling. As the game's development progressed his backstory was changed entirely. One tidbit of history was an apparent friendship with (another Capcom franchise) fellow pro wrestler Mike Haggar.
Zangief is based on the real life freestyle wrestler Viktor Zangiev.
Various actors have voiced the character in his video game appearances: he is voiced by Wataru Takagi in the Street Fighter Alpha series, Tesshō Genda in the Capcom vs. SNK series and Capcom Fighting Evolution, and Kenta Miyake in Japanese and Anthony Landor in English for Street Fighter IV. In anime, he is voiced in Japanese by Tetsuo Kanao and in English by William Johnson. In the live-action Street Fighter film, the character was portrayed by Andrew Bryniarski, who was dubbed over by Ryūzaburō Ōtomo in the Japanese television dub and by Katsuhisa Hōki in the video and DVD dub.
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Official Site: Capcom
Links: Zangief's Wiki Page Zangief's Gamespot Profile Official Street Fighter Site