Here's a sketch I did of one of the most popular and notable characters of the Street Fighter universe. Chun-Li made her first appearance in the very first edition of the highly acclaimed arcade game Street Fighter II, which came back in 1991. Since then, she has appeared as a playable character in nearly all the subsequent games in the series. Chun-Li is notable for being the first female playable character in a fighting game, earning her the status of the "first lady of fighting games" among the genre's enthusiasts. As a result of her massive popularity and success, other fighting game series would spawn their own original female players as well. Since her debut in Street Fighter II, Chun Li has become one of the series' most important characters along with Ken, Ryu, Guile, Cammy, and other such characters.
In the first edition of Street Fighter II, Chun-Li was one of the original 8 playable characters as well as the sole female character in the game prior to the addition of Cammy in later installments. In this game, Chun-Li is an undercover Interpole agent who is on a quest to avenge the death of her father. The exact name of Chun-Li's father was never given. Because of this, her background along with the exact cause of her father's death was left open to speculation, and has been explored in various anime cartoons and theatrical films. Examples include "Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie", "Street Fighter II V", and "Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li". She is an expert martial arts master, and one of her signature moves is a rapid kick move which is refered to in the series as "Hyakuretsu Kyaku". Since Super Street Fighter II, she was given a projectile called "Kikoken" along with a variety of super combos. She is also most noted for her blue Chinese acrobatics outfit, complete with spiked bracelets and white boots, which is her trademark and her most commonly used attire.
Because of her massive popularity among both the Capcom staff and the fanbase, Chun Li has appeared in not just the games, but in numerous manga, comics, anime cartoons, and theatrical films. In the live action Street Fighter movie starring Jean Claude Van Dam, she was played by Ming-Na. In "Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie", she was voiced by Lia Sargent in English, and by Miki Fugitani in Japanese. In Street Fighter IV, she was voiced by Laura Bailey in English, and by Fumiko Orikasa in Japanese. And in the Legend of Chun Li, she was played by actress Kristin Kreuk.
Chun-Li was voted number one in Capcom's own 2002 poll of top 85 characters for the 15th anniversary of Street Fighter. She was ranked IGN third in IGN's 2009 list of top Street Fighter characters, noting that while sexism is factored into her initial design, she has come a long way over the years. She's by far the most popular female fighting game character out there, and if you try to start naming off better-known women in the world of video games, you're going to wind up with a pretty short list. Game Daily ranked her as number one on their 2009 list of top Street Fighter characters of all time, praising her character evolution and for balanced gameplay. The same site ranked her as second in their 2008 list of top Capcom characters of all time and as the favorite character from the Street Fighter series. UGO Networks ranked her as third on their 2010 list of top Street Fighter characters, adding that as the first female fighting game character, Chun-Li was one of few female characters in the early 90s not cast in a role of damsel in distress, but instead showed that female characters could fight just as same as their male counterparts. She is also a popular subject of cosplay.
Chun Li belongs to Capcom.