At the end of the story in our graphic novel, Ryu and Chun-Li will end up…together!
Whew! People against Ryu and Chun-Li coming together as a couple can get pretty harsh when it comes to expressing their opinion. However, they tend to lean on the argument that the two fighters really have nothing in common and wouldn’t be remotely interested in each other as a result. However, since most of the Shakespeare romances dispatch that argument pretty quickly, their own pages full of lovers with little in common (What great amount of hobbies and interests did Romeo and Juliet share? Hermia and Lysander? Henry V and Kate?), let’s get to the real reason these people don’t want Ryu and Chun-Li together. They don’t want to see their wonderful Street Fighters destroyed by the prevalent idea of what it is to be married and domesticated.
Ryu and Chun-Li fans who stay off the ship…as it were…don’t want to see their favourite fighters turn into what many people have been influenced to believe a proper fictional (perhaps even real) husband and wife relationship should be.
Aren’t all these the same show?
When it came to entertainment, many of us grew up with the idea of the traditional blue-collar household of discontent, especially on TV. Husband goes to work. Wife stays home takes care of the house and children. And both complain how their own life would have been better if they had just stayed single. These TV couples renew their love for each other at the end of most of their shows’ episodes, but, until the end of an episode, the husband and wife are doing all kinds of terrible things to each other that suggest they don’t love each other at all.
With this kind of programming (pun intended) going through our heads, it’s no wonder so many people perceive a romantic relationship as a danger to our two favourite fighters.
But that said, perhaps those of us who want to see Ryu and Chun-Li together were influenced by a much better TV show. One that challenged the love/hate relationships found in so much TV of its time and even in TV today.
Something all together…ooky…
The Addams family weren’t cruel or bad at parenting nor did they have any disdain for the word at large. They weren’t unkind to their neighbours or cruel to animals. They were deeply devoted to their children and to each other. And most importantly they were…happy.
The Addams family was missing a lot of the typical sitcom tropes. There were no mother-in-law jokes, no arguing over who is supposed to fill what gender role. Both Morticia and Gomez spent roughly about equal time parenting their children. And most remarkable was the relationship between Morticia and Gomez.
Morticia was in no way a dissatisfied woman–always mad at her big dumb husband, but she loves him, and because this is the world and this is the best she can get. Morticia was right as often as Gomez was, but she never thought she was always right because wives are the smart ones, etc…etc…etc.
Morticia and Gomez were often working together, and rarely party A would keep something from party B. For the most part they formed little schemes together as partners. Both were heads of the household, and they almost never disrespected each other.
The reason the Addams were happy was because they lived outside society’s expectations. Gomez was a man-child who played with his trains…and that was fine. Morticia fenced with her husband, played with weapons often, and it never occurred to them to worry about what other people thought.
Morticia and Gomez were also madly and unconditionally in love. And we’re not talking sexless sitcom love. These two banged on the hour in ways you do not see in sitcoms, even today! And they were both totally secure about the weird stuff they were into, shameless about their still passionate marriage, threatened by no one, devoted to their loved ones, and totally confident in their own skins. And who doesn’t want a relationship like theirs?
When they finally get together, Ryu and Chun-Li will be the same way. How do we know? Well we are writing the book on the subject. We’ll just put a love of fighting in place of a love of trains, gardening, and the macabre. And Ryu and Chun-Li already live outside society’s expectations, something we will make sure they will not give up when they finally get together.
Still don’t agree with us there is meant to be a strong parallel between the Addam’s family happiness and Ryu and Chun-Li’s happiness?
You do remember who the girl who Chun-Li rescued (and eventually adopted) in Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike looks like…
More next time.