A wrestler from Street Fighter. He comes from Russia and joined the tournament to prove that Russia (USSR at the time) is the greatest. He has two main moves: the Spinning Lariat and the Spinning Pile Driver, thus giving him the nickname "Red Cyclone". He was inspired to create the Spinning Pile Driver, his main move, when he was wrestling a bear and got caught in a tornado.
Capcom has hinted that Zangief is gay in his profile, which says he dislikes "young beautiful women". At the same time, Zangief had a heterosexual ending in Capcom Fighting Jam where he dreams of being in a hot tub with women. The majority of Street Fighter players have accepted him as being homosexual nonetheless.
Zangief possesses one of the most abusable moves in fighting game history...the deadly SPINNING PILE DRIVER!