Born and raised in the Soviet Union, Zangief is an incredibly patriotic character who has been motivated in some way to fight for his Motherland in every single game he has ever been in. While his personality has varied from one media source to another, Zangief is mostly been portrayed as a very fearless and tactical fighter who is prone to quick temperaments, and is always very competitive. He is immensely proud of his physique, and constantly belittles his opponent's smaller muscular build and blaming their losses on their smaller physique. His win quotes often consists of critiques towards his specific opponents about their lack of power, or him telling his opponents to build more muscle.
Despite his short temper, Zangief has shown himself to be rather gentle-natured with a good sense of humor at times, once entering a tournament partly to win the admiration of a group of school children. Zangief is described as being "good natured, with a great sense of humor, and totally fearless". Zangief can be easily misled by his overwhelming sense of patriotism for his home country. In Street Fighter Alpha 2, it was revealed that the President wants Zangief to train and fight around the world primarily to boost his own prestige abroad, although Zangief fails to realize this and continues to fight for the glory and honor of Russia, no matter what the reason may be.
While not fighting, Zangief enjoys hopak (cossack dancing), and eat borscht. Some of the things which he does not like includes young women (because he views them as a distraction), bears that do not know how to wrestle properly, and projectiles such as Hadokens, Yoga Fires, and Tiger Shots.
|Street Fighter Characters|
|Street Fighter||Ryu • Ken • Adon • Birdie • Eagle • Gen • Sagat|
|Street Fighter II||Akuma • Balrog • Blanka • Cammy • Chun-Li • Dee Jay • Dhalsim • E. Honda • Fei Long • Guile • M. Bison • T. Hawk • Vega • Zangief|
|Street Fighter Alpha||Charlie • Dan • Guy • Rose • Sodom|
|Street Fighter Alpha 2||Rolento • Sakura|
|Street Fighter Alpha 3||Cody • Juli • Juni • Karin • Maki • R. Mika|
|Street Fighter III||Alex • Dudley • Elena • Gill • Hugo • Ibuki • Makoto • Necro • Oro • Q • Remy • Sean • Twelve • Urien • Yang • Yun|
|Street Fighter IV||Abel • C. Viper • El Fuerte • Gouken • Hakan • Juri • Rufus • Seth|