was originally a woman. I admit that this is quite a bizarre theory but hear me out, alright?
Let’s take a look at the Alpha games.
Any Street Fighter fan can tell you that Bison is at his absolute strongest in SF: Alpha 3. You can tell just by looking at him. Gameplay wise he’s ridiculously strong and has practically no weaknesses. But why?
It’s been a recurring theme in the series that Bison has long since discarded his original human body and transferred his soul into body after body for the sake of convenience, survival and a great lust for power. His body in Alpha is an artificial creation that allows his to better utilize Psycho Power and become more powerful.
When his soul was transferred into this body, however..
The “goodness” of Bison’s soul was purged. It manifested into an entirely independent soul and life of its own known as “Rose”. Kind of interesting that a part of Bison’s soul would manifest as a woman. Moving on.
Before Bison’s soul was put into the Alpha body it’s said that not much was known of his appearance and that Bison ran everything from behind the scenes and rarely made appearances in person. Interesting.
So, when the body Bison was using in Alpha proved to be inadequate in terms of controlling the Psycho Power he and Shadaloo began work on creating a new body to host his soul and the immense (and growing) psycho power.
This is taken from the (very well informed) Street Fighter wikia..
By the time of Street Fighter Alpha 3, the Psycho Power begins exceeding the limits of his body. Having predicted this event, M. Bison had his scientists engineer a body that he could transfer his essence to in the form of Cammy: a genetically engineered young woman using Bison’s DNA.
So, after losing his artificial body.. Bison wants their soul to be transferred into a female body. Not only that, but a female body created using his DNA. Why not just create a male clone? Wouldn’t that be the easiest thing to do if they’re just using Bison’s DNA?
All of that speaks volumes, really. And then Super Street Fighter 4 offers a new alternate costume for M.Bison.
Now, keep in mind that the body Bison uses in 4 is yet another artificially created vessel after his body was once again killed in SF2. But note.. his hair color is the same as Rose’s as well as having the same little curl up front. Sure, it could just be a nod to the fact they share a soul but still.
Anyway, to give a brief rundown..
Not much is known about Bison’s body pre-Alpha as “he” ran things from behind the scenes.
When Bison’s soul was split it produced a female.
The bodies Bison wanted to use as vessels are all female.
Supposedly there is concept art of a sinister looking “Gypsy Priestess” for the Alpha series that “ran the crime world” who looks suspiciously like Rose.
Bison doesn’t seem to have any character traits that would imply an obsession or fascination with becoming a woman or the female form, instead makes these choices as if they were natural.
So, there’s my theory. I believe that M.Bison was originally a woman.
(Pictured: M.Bison’s “Midnight Bliss” form, Capcom’s official Rule 63 )
Here’s a thing Mikie put together about Bison possibly being born a woman (for curious people who responded to the earlier Cammy post with curiosity)
Whelp, this certainly puts a bullet in any chance of their being a Street Fighter movie that is loyal to the source material.