Balrog is an American boxer working under M. Bison as a prominent member of Shadaloo, Bison's crime syndicate. Balrog is available right from the start and is a charge-based character. Although there are "easier" characters to play as in Street Fighter IV, Balrog is perhaps one of the most straight-forward fighters. He punches. He punches all the time. Even all the kick buttons will execute punches, which makes Balrog an entirely upper body warrior. While this might not click with certain players, it certainly makes Balrog an approachable powerhouse to study.