Her first design was based on another character from Capcom called Ton Pooh.
Introduced in Street Fighter II, Chun-Li was the only female character in the game, (as well as one of the youngest fighters to appear in Street Fighter II) and while not as physically powerful as the other characters, she was by far the quickest. Her most famous attack is the Hyakuretsukyaku where she repeatedly kicks her opponent from a tilted standing position with incredible speed.
In the Street Fighter series Chun-Li was an Interpol investigator from China who had been searching for clues to the recent death of her father. Getting into a friendly spar with an old teacher of hers and friend of her father, Gen, he gives her a lead into who may have killed her father—the mysterious crime syndicate Shadaloo. Finding its leader, M. Bison, she demands he tell her what happened to her father. To her surprise, Vega attacks and basically makes quick work of her, then flies away, laughing at her and telling her if she attacks him again he will kill her just like he did her father. With tears in her eyes, Chun-Li swore vengeance.
Standard costume consists of a blue china dress with puffy short sleeves and a white sash, two high side slits forming a pelvic curtain, brown pantyhose, cross-laced white boots, spiked bracelets, and hair pulled back in buns under white bun covers. She usually wears earrings.
In Street Fighter Zero, she wears a blue, sleeveless unitard and vest with sneakers and studded bracelets. Street Fighter IV & Street Fighter V introduced skimpier official alternate costumes, such as her backless dress.
- Hyakuretsukyaku (百裂脚)
- Hou Yoku Sen (鳳翼扇)
- Kikouken (続気拳)
- Kikoushou (続気掌)
- Spinning Bird Kick (回鳥脚)