Back before the days of 3D fighting games, it was all about Street Fighter II. Capcom's one-on-one opus basically started the whole genre, setting the stage for countless wannabees, copycats and challengers to come. One of the big additions that Streetfighter II gave the fighting genre early on was, well, BABES. Chun-Li was one of the first female competitors in beat 'em ups- a beauty among the beasts, a rose among the thorns. But she stood tall with her deadly legs and killer feet. Since then, Chun-Li has become a videogame and pop culture icon, endlessly parodied or imitated. It's natural that such a strong beauty would be many a gamer's fantasy and object of affection. Unfortunately for us barefoot fans, Miss Li has never been barefoot in a SF game- she's either in her 'Chinese Acrobat' kung fu outfit (the trademark suit with the puffy shouldered top, stockings and white boots) or her Alpha outfit (tights and sneakers).
And so it was with joy back in the early 90s when the Streetfighter II Animated Movie showed up with easily the sexiest and most awesome animated barefoot babe fight scene ever. The setup- Interpol agent Chun Li is marked for death by Shadaloo's masked assassin, Vega (Balrog in Japan). After a brief bit of nudity in her infamous shower scene (which is nice but not what we're interested in, right?), Chun-Li is ambushed by the Spanish Ninja in her bedroom and awesomeness ensues. Chun-Li has to fight the intruder barefoot in just a nightshirt and her bra and panties, which transfixed countless gamers and otaku for the entire three or so minutes it went (Guile's intercut driving and running scenes be damned).
Not only is this fight scene totally intense (the understated, melancholy guitar music of the Japanese version beats out the crass rock of the US version, in my opinion) excellently choreographed and animated, of course it gives us royal views of Chun-Li's gorgeous bare feet, with a unique and wonderful foot stomp to the face and a double foot kick at the end that I consider some of the most awesome anime sole shots ever. No anime fight scene since then has ever equalled this, or even approached it in coolness, sex appeal and execution.
That time was a more free time, where fan service was a bit more liberal and not something to be prudishly censored or held back. Man, those were the days. Anyway, here's the fight scene for your enjoyment, Guile edited out for uninterrupted barefoot babe battle awesomeness. Man, wouldn't it be awesome if they included Nightshirt-and-Undies as an alternate outfit in SFIV? Heheh...
Best. Sole Shots. Ever.