“I’m sorry, but there are things I must do”

 – One of Abel’s win quotes in Street Fighter IV

Abel’s Game History:

Abel is one of the playable characters in the Street Fighter series by Capcom

He debuted in the arcade version of Street Fighter IV (2008) and its later iterations (Super SF IV, Arcade Edition, Ultra) and returned also in Street Fighter X Tekken (2012). He is a part of the background story in Street Fighter V (2016) but not playable character. 



It is likely but is not explained in the games that Abel is either a failed version of Seth, or Abel is the original human that Seth and the 25 other copies were based on.

According to his official profile, Abel is born in Russia, he fights however for France and also believes he is french since he is suffering from a strong amnesia effect. M.Bison seems to know Abel and mentioned they would meet again, after the events of Street Fighter IV. Abel was saved by Charlie Nash from Shadaloo and remembers the technique when Guile performs a Sonic Boom, which leads to a fight between them. M.Bison seems to know Abel and mentioned “Abel… (chuckles) My, how you’ve grown. We shall meet again.” during the final events of Street Fighter IV.

In Street Fighter X Tekken, Abel`s official Team partner is Guile.

While Abel is not a playable character in Street Fighter V (2016), he is a part of the background story of Rashid and also appears in the “A Shadow Falls” Main Story of the game where he is under the control of M.Bison’s Psycho Power but gets saved by Charlie Nash again. 



Abel is a grappler type character who uses mixed martial arts, especially Russian Sambo. Abel is a rather offensive striker who can chain up many attacks into a throw. While he has no projectile moves, Abel is great as a mix-up character with a powerful anti-air grab. 



Abel is so far the second Street Fighter character representing France (birthplace is Russia but Abel can’t remember that) after Remy in Street Fighter III Third Strike.

The popular french comic character TinTin might have been a reference for his hairstyle

Abel`s character design is compared often to the Russian martial artist Fedor Vladimirovich Emelianenko who fights with the Sambo style since both wear practically the same clothes and share a similar fighting style as well. 



Character Overview of Abel from the Street Fighter Games

Character Name / Aliases: Abel
Gameseries: Street Fighter & Crossovers
First Game: Street Fighter IV
Last Game: Street Fighter V (2016)
Developed /Created by: Capcom
First seen in: Arcades
Year first seen in: 2008
Usual Character Role: Fighting Game Character
Martial Arts / Fighting Style Combat Sambo with Judo Influences
Nationality: Russian
Additional Tags: Blonde, Grappler-Type
Relations: Seth (Unclear Relation), Guile (Partner in SFXT)
Anything else: Voiced by Kenji Takahashi & E. Jason Liebrecht
  Height 198 cm, Weight 85 kg


Official Game Art like Illustrations and Concept Art of Abel from Street Fighter:

Abel SFXT Art

Abel SFXT White Background

Street Fighter X Tekken (2012)

Abel SFXT Artwork

Abel Cross-Art Poster

Street Fighter X Tekken (2012)


Abel SSFIV Transparent

SSFIV (2010)

Abel SSFIV Art

Abel Character Art

 SSFIV (2010)

Abel Alternate Costume SSIV

Alt. Costume Ad

Super Street Fighter IV (2010)

Abel Street Fighter IV small

Render Art Variation

Street Fighter IV (2009)

Abel Street Fighter IV SFIV Art Image Render small

Render Art

Street Fighter IV (2009)

Abel Street Fighter IV Art from the Character Select

Character Select

Street Fighter IV (2009)



UdonCrew Art of Abel made for their Street Fighter Comics


Development and Concept Drawings and Sketches of Abel from Street Fighter IV

Abel Street Fighter IV SFIV First Concept weak small Interesting is, that Abel was once planned to be a small Judo using character who could be mistaken for a girl.

Taisaku Okada from Capcom explained that the first attempt at Abel was to make a character who is small but can beat the strong, also known as an “underdog” character some would say.

In the Japanese development blog of Super Street Fighter IV, they showed a photo of this unused concept art for that version of Abel, you can see this early concept art to the right

Abel  Image SSFIV Alternate

Abel Street Fighter IV Concept Art 1 Abel Street Fighter IV Concept Art 2 Avwl Street Fighter IV Concept Abel Street Fighter IV Concept Art 3 Abel Street Fighter IV Concept Art 4 Line Art
Abel Street Fighter IV Concept Art 4 Line Art Abel Street Fighter IV Concept Art 6 Line Art Abel Street Fighter IV Concept Art 7 Line Art Abel Street Fighter IV Concept Art 8 Line Art  

These Concept Artworks and Sketches of Abel are ripped from the PC Version of Street Fighter IV. They are unlockable there.



Abel Game Art made by Fans:

Abel Street Fighter Model HyperReal_by_BossLogic

“Hyper Real Abel”

by Bosslogic

Abel SFIV Realistic by Samuel Cazetta

Real Abel

by Samuel Cazetta

Abel France Street Fighter vive_la_france by_dhim

“Vive la France” Abel

by Dhim



by Jiggeh

Abel Street Fighter SF Alternate Costume Fan Art by_jaimito

Abel in Alt. Costume

by Jaimito


abel sfiv sf 4  sfxt by_vancamelot

Abel by vancamelot



ABEL_SF_IV  game art by_akenator

by Akenator

Abel Street Fighter Amnesia Fan Art by leomon32

by Leomon32

Abel Street Fighter Vier by Cris-Art

by Cris-Art

Abel France SF Street Fighter fan art by spadjm

by spadjm


by Jiggeh

Abel SF Tribute on GAHQ

Abel in the Game Art HQ Street Fighter Tribute


Abel Portrait Art by Fans:

Abel SFIV by_z3dd

by Z3dd

Abel Seth Art by_samuraiblack

Abel/Seth by Samuraiblack

Abel SF Street Fighter by Metalhanzo

by MetalHanzo

Abel sf streetfighter sketch by_orbg

by orbg

Abel Street Fighter Portrait by_benscott81

by BenScott81


Abel Sprite Art

Abel Street Fighter Sprite CVS by_daeron_red_fire

Abel in the Capcom vs SNK Style

by Daeron-Red-Fire

ABEL PNG SF 4 by_Godly_Effect

by Godly-Effect

Abel from SF in KOFXIII Style Sprite by_viraliptg

Abel KOFXIII Style

by Viraliptg

Abel CVS Sprite Art by_danownsall122

Abel in CVS Style

by DanOwnsAll122


Updates and Additions in Abel’s Game Art Gallery and Character Overview:

16.08.2019 – Another small but useful update, optimized the article for the new Table of Contents 

09.08.2019, Abel finally got a nice screenshot as his intro image and a lot of minor layout updates in the gallery and character DB part 🙂

09.06.2017 – cleaned up some gallery parts