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Zangief during his fight against Mario in Super Mario Klemp-Won-Do: Muskeln sind nicht alles!
Species Human
First appearance Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991, Street Fighter series)
Super Mario Klemp-Won-Do: Muskeln sind nicht alles! (1992, Super Mario-related media)
Latest appearance Street Fighter 6 (Street Fighter franchise)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018, cameo as spirit, Super Mario-related media)

Zangief is a Russian wrestler and a character from the Street Fighter series.


Super Mario Klemp-Won-Do: Muskeln sind nicht alles![edit]

Zangief's first appearance in any Super Mario-related media is in the Club Nintendo comic "Super Mario Klemp-Won-Do: Muskeln sind nicht alles!" In this story, Zangief is Mario's first opponent on his way to become "Street Fighter II grand master." Mario is able to defeat Zangief by just running around him, making him feel giddy and causing him to fall down.

Zangief is the only one of Mario's opponents not to appear in the comic before the actual fight begins.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Zangief reappears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a Master spirit. In World of Light, he is the third spirit encountered on the World Tour sub-world. The Zangief spirit battle is a stamina battle against Incineroar (with the opponent having more powerful throws and physical attacks) on the Boxing Ring stage with the music "Zangief Stage Type A" from Street Fighter II playing.

Once the battle is won, Zangief will become available in the Dojo to teach the Overthrow Style to the player's spirits. Said style increases throw power, grab range, and grab power, but decreases attack power, special move power, and item attack.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
Zangief Zangief's Spirit sprite from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Street Fighter Series Master (Dojo) N/A Overthrow Style
Increase: Throw Power, Grab Range, Grab Power
Decrease: Attack Power, Special-Attack Power, Item Attack
World of Light (World Tour) Incineroar Rule: Jump Power ↓
  • The enemy's throws have increased power
  • The enemy's physical attacks have increased power
  • Stamina battle
Boxing Ring Zangief Stage Type A

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ザンギエフ
Chinese 桑吉爾夫 (Traditional)
桑吉尔夫 (Simplified)
Korean 장기에프
Russian Зангиев

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