Chun-Li (春麗 or チュンリー Shun Rei or Chunrī?, Simplified Chinese: 春丽)is a video game character from the Street Fighter series, originally debuting in Street Fighter II. The first female fighter in the series, she is an expert martial artist and Interpol officer who relentlessly seeks revenge for the death of her father at the hands of M. Bison.
Chun-Li’s name is Mandarin/pinyin (pronounced as “Chuen-lee”), (春, chūn, “spring”; 麗, lì, “beautiful”, and actually meant to be written as “Chunli”), which means she is a single young girl filled with the beauty of spring. Shun Rei/Shunrei is the Japanese on’yomi reading of the name.
Older official sources from the early 90’s indicate Chung was Chun-Li’s surname, although it is worth noting this could very well not be the case anymore. In the live-action Street Fighter movie, Chun-Li was given the surname Zang/Xiang, but Capcom has not officially recognized it.
Chun-Li is a resourceful and dedicated officer of the law with a strong sense of justice that rivals that of her father, as she strongly believes in protecting the innocent and saving the lives of others.
She is a highly disciplined, seasoned, and courageous woman, and is often the voice of reason. As an official of Interpol, she takes her work as a cop with pride (showing pride at what she does when she saves another), outside of her duty as a cop, she has an elegant, sweet, and feminine personality. Chun-Li however, is not without her flaws, as she has shown to get very competitive with criminals in Street Fighter media , and does not take kindly to those who insult her pride as a cop. Because of her devotion to justice, she often becomes allies and friends with other soldiers and cops. Additionally, she has shown great resilience and determination in pursuing intense crime originizations, such as Shadaloo.