Zangief (ザンギエフ) is a video game character created by Capcom. He is part of the Street Fighter series of fighting games, first starring in Street Fighter II. His signature fighting style is close up and wrestler based, with devastating throws and powerful base moves. This makes him tough up close, though often has trouble with foes with projectiles.
In the Zero series, Zangief is a national Russian hero nicknamed the "Red Cyclone" who becomes acquainted with Mikhail Gorbachev at the end of Zero 2. After meeting Gorbachev, Zangief is sent to train in the Siberian wastes, wrestling bears.
Under orders from Gorbachev, Zangief is sent to combat the forces of Shadaloo, which is beginning to spread its corruption into Russia. Zangief encounters many fighters along the way, befriending some such as E. Honda and R. Mika. It is believed that he lost to Blanka before he could accomplish his final objective of destroying the Psycho Drive, however in his ending, he and Honda team up to destroy it (the canonicity of this ending is dubious). Nevertheless, the Psycho Drive gets destroyed by someone, at least, and Zangief returns to Russia satisfied.