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Zangief during his fight against Mario

Zangief a.k.a. the Red Cyclone is a Russian wrestler, a character from the Street Fighter series. His only appearance in Mario 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 reappears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a Master Spirit, teaching the Overthrow Style to the player's spirits in the Dojo.

Name in other languages[edit]

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


Bowser, alongside Zangief and Dr. Eggman, in Wreck-It Ralph
  • Zangief is the only one of Mario's opponents not to appear in the comic before the actual fight begins.
  • Zangief appears alongside Bowser and Dr. Eggman, in the Disney film, Wreck-It Ralph.