Joe is an American kickboxer who became an underground martial arts champion. He fought in the first Street Fighter tournament but was defeated. It's possible that Joe is loosely based on Kickboxing legend Joe Lewis. 

Fun Fact: For many years, fans speculated that Joe was the blond fighter seen in the original Street Fighter 2: World Warrior intro. This was later disconfirmed after the release of Street Fighter V concept artwork and bios for "Scott" and "Max".
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Page Updated:  Apr. 23rd, 2017

Joe is undisputedly the most generic and unimaginative Street Fighter character in history. Red pants and white shoes... that's it huh? lol. Well, he's got everything he needs to be a generic kickboxer in any 90's martial arts flick.

No way Capcom would ever bring him back right? Well... Fast forward to SF4, and any old school SF fan would recognize you that Joe shares some resemblance to Abel. Their similar haircut is the most prominent likeness. Abel also has "amnesia", which begs the question if Capcom is secretly suggesting that Abel forget his real name is actually Joe. (Probably not the case, but a fun speculation. And it would be a damn cool story element if used correctly.) 

Although he's clearly not a very well thought-out design, in 1987, Joe wasn't a terrible character in SF1. He was a generic bloke to beat up on... and thus served his purpose. Thankfully, Capcom came up with vastly more imaginative characters in the many sequels to come. 

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