We can say for certain what a delight it is that Urien, a character from the Street Fighter III series is now back as a playable character in Street Fighter V. With all that we know about this ruthless tyrant as a fictional character, we can't help but speculate what ethnic race or kind of professional fighter he would be if he was an actual person. And we can only have an idea as to conclude on this theory based on his appearances and gameplay in the Street Fighter franchise. So lets take a look at several aspects and determine for ourselves whether he would be a Pankration champion from Greece, an Olmec god from the first major civilization of Mexico, or an Egyptian prophet in real life.
The Meaning of His Name
According to Street Fighter Wiki, the name 'Urien' is speculated to be a mistranslation of 'Julien.' The name is actually a real but very obscure name from Welsh and Arthurian legend. The name means "privileged birth" which correlates directly with his parents being high-ranking members of the Illuminati, as well as his entitled attitude and wish to be rule with utter supremacy.
A Character's Stage
Stages have been known to identify a character's nationality in the Street Fighter franchise. Much like Ryu's stage on top of a Pagoda in Japan (SF3: Third Strike) identifying him as a Japanese Street Fighter, or Ken's Stage on a seaport in the United States (Street Fighter II series), identifying him as an American street fighter.
In Street Fighter II: Second Impact his home stage appears to be set outside Egyptian temple ruins, possibly the Temples of Abu Simbel in Aswan, Egypt indicating his nationality being Egyptian.
On the other hand in Street Fighter III: Third Strike his home stage appears to be set in Olmec ruins in La Venta Tabasco, Mexico indicating his nationality being Mexican.
But He's Built Like A God Though
Urien's physique does resemble that of a Greek athlete-like Olympian, therefore he could be neither Mexican or Egyptian, but Greek. According to Street Fighter Wiki, his basic fighting style is presumably based on the Greek fighting style known as Pankration: translated as ‘all powers’ it's an ancient martial art mixing boxing strikes and wrestling maneuvers to take down an opponent, it's also known to be one of the first mixed martial arts in the world.
Animations of his Quarrel Kick (a kick to the gut), and a clip from a television show exploring various martial arts of the world clearly show a resemblance to the martial art of the Greeks with maneuvers and strikes performed as commands done in the game.
Ever wonder what he would be in real life? Let us know your thoughts below.
(Source: Street Fighter Wiki)