"Zangief (ザンギエフ Zangiefu, from Professional Wrestler Viktor Zangiev) is a fictional character in the Street Fighter series of video games. Created by Akira Yasuda for Capcom, Zangief first appeared in Street Fighter II, later appearing in other games, media, and promotions related to the Street Fighter franchise. Zangief is considered to be the first fighting game character whose moveset is centered around grappling. (Russian Sambo)"
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