Crimson Viper
Street Fighter series series
Crimson Viper as she appears in Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
First appearance Street Fighter IV
Voiced by
Michelle Ruff (Street Fighter IV, Marvel vs Capcom 3)
Voiced by
Mie Sonozaki (Street Fighter IV, Marvel vs Capcom 3)
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Fictional profile
Birthplace United States
Nationality American
Fighting style Covert fighting tools

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Crimson Viper (クリムゾン・ヴァイパー Kurimuzon Vaipā?), also known as simply C. Viper, or her nickname Maya (マヤ) is a character in the Street Fighter series of video games. Viper is voiced by Mie Sonozaki in Japanese, and Michelle Ruff in English.[1]


While previous Street Fighter titles relied almost solely on Capcom's Research and Development branch, the development team instead allowed other branches of the company to give input on the design of new characters, due to the influx of fan requests from outside of Japan.[2] Viper was designed based upon marketing research on what sorts of characters an American audience would enjoy playing,[3] and tailored her towards Western tastes as an experiment to see how audiences would receive the character.[4] Street Fighter IV executive has described her as the most "unorthodox" of the four new characters introduced in the title, emphasizing this aspect as one he felt would appeal to American players,[5] and was his favorite character when the game was early in development.[6] In response to claims that the character resembled one found more commonly in SNK developed games, Ono retorted that the resemblance was unintended, and that she was created from the best parts of several proposed designs during early development.[7] He went on to state that she was also an attempt to create a character with a "cool" design, which he feels are predominate in SNK titles.[8]

Designed by Daigo Ikeno,[9] Viper was designed around the concept of a 20 year old single mother.[10] Visually, she resembles Sharon, a redheaded special agent from Street Fighter EX 2.


Crimson Viper made her debut appearance in the 2008 Street Fighter IV as an American double agent posing as a S.I.N. worker but actually a CIA agent undercover. She wears a S.I.N form-fitting suit which enables her to perform electrical, seismic, and pyrotechnic moves. Her fighting style greatly revolves around baiting, fakes, high jump cancels, and rushdown. Because of this, she has one of the steepest learning curves in the game. It is said she is motivated by her daughter Lauren, as well as money. Crimson Viper also appears as a playable character in the crossover fighting games Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.[11] In Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, Maya is played by Moon Bloodgood.

Reception described Crimson Viper as looking "ridiculous", adding that she resembled "an SNK character lost in a Capcom game".[12] Anime News Network felt the character fit comfortably in the "Street Fighter mold", though noted regardless she still looked more appropriate for the King of Fighters series.[13] Eurogamer felt similar sentiments, though noted that the contrast did not quite fit with the game's aesthetic.[14] A reviewer for the New Straits Times described her as the best of the new characters, praising both her appearance and attack arsenal.[15] GamesRadar stated that while her attacks made her feel out of place in the title, "that's why she adds so much to the game".[16] IGN AU praised the character, stating approval for the variations of her attacks.[17] AJ Glasser from Kotaku listed her as one of the worst mothers in video games, placing as the worst one from fighting games.[18] UGO Networks ranked C. Viper at #21 on their list of "Fighting Games' Finest Female Fighters", commenting on how she shoves her tie between her breasts and her bright red bouffant.[19]


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  2. Staff (2009-02-04). "Street Fighter IV Interview". PlayStation Network. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  3. Anderson, Lars (2008-07-25). "Capcom: The Making of Street Fighter IV". GameSpot. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  4. Doree, Adam (2008-09-05). "Street Fighter IV Capcom Interview". Kikizo. p. 2. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  5. Villoria, Gerrard (2008-07-28). "Street Fighter IV Interview with Yoshinori Ono". GameSpy. p. 2. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  6. Staff (2008-09-26). "Das Interview: Street Fighter IV Producer Yoshinori Ono, Part 2". Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  7. Yin-Poole, Wesley (2008-08-26). "Street Fighter IV Interview". Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  8. "CES '09: Ono Interview". GameTrailers. 2009-02-17. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  9. Mielke, James (2007-12-24). "Capcom art director Daigo Ikeno discusses Street Fighter IV's new visual style". UGO Networks. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  10. SF20: The Art of Street Fighter. UDON. October 2009. ISBN 1897376588. 
  11. GameSpot - Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds - C. Viper Character Reveal
  12. Yin-Poole, Wesley (2009-02-16). "Street Fighter IV Review for PS3". Retrieved 2009-05-17. 
  13. Ciolek, Todd (2009-02-25). "The World Warriors - The X Button". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2009-05-17. 
  14. Parkin, Simon (2009-02-16). "Street Fighter IV Review". Eurogamer. p. 2. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  15. Saiful, Faizul Azim (2009-02-21). "Street Fighter strikes the right balance". New Straits Times: p. 16. 
  16. Houghton, David. "Street Fighter IV review". GamesRadar. p. 2. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  17. Shea, Cam (2009-02-12). "Street Fighter IV AU Review". IGN. p. 2. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  18. Glasser, AJ (2009-05-07). "Mommy Dearest: The Best and Worst Mothers in Video Games". Kotaku. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  19. Sitterson, Aubrey (2011-01-14). "Fighting Games' Hottest Women - C. Viper". Retrieved 2011-09-29. 

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