Who Are (Street Fighter Edition): Dee Jay & Kimberly Jackson

Written by Fabian Wood

July 7, 2023


Hailing from the sunbathed Caribbean island of Jamaica, the always cheerful and perpetually smiling Dee Jay debuted as one of the four new challengers in 1993’s Super Street Fighter II. American designer James Goddard (Capcom USA) is credited as the creator of Dee Jay, himself inspired by the multitalented William “Billy” Blanks, the inventor of the Tae Bo exercise program.

Dee Jay’s jovial and light-hearted personality was an intentional contrast to his contemporary combatants, who were always super serious or had some tragic backstory or motivation to fight. He is a world-renowned musical artist, and millions of fans all over the globe are enthralled by his music. His reasons for taking part in the Street Fighter tournaments have always been to improve or find new inspiration for his songs, fighting, and dancing.

Dee Jay’s official fighting style is kickboxing. However, utilizing an eclectic blend of rhythmic breakdancing, it’s easy to see there is more in common with the real-world Afro-Brazilian fighting style of Capoeira. His signature moves include the rapid-blow Machine Gun Upper, the dizzying Double Rolling Sobat, and his Sonic Boom-like projectile Air Slasher.

With previous returns in Street Fighter Alpha 3 (console and PSP versions) and Super Street Fighter IV, the stylish Dee Jay’s back and brand new for Street Fighter 6. Dee Jay has ditched his topless look with long red-orange pants with “MAXIMUM” along the sides for his latest appearance. Now he sports a more vibrant ensemble with the Jamaican flag and colors throughout his attire. He’s also traded in his faded haircut with a long rattail for more pronounced dreadlocks.

Here’s looking forward to seeing this sensational Afro-Caribbean character vie for center stage once again.

*Fun fact: Dee Jay was born on Halloween (31 October)


An African-American fighting ninja and street graffiti artist, Kimberly is one of the premier new characters in Street Fighter 6. The student of the veteran shinobi Guy, the effervescent Kimberly is a practitioner of an ancient form of ninjutsu known as Bushin-ryu (War God Style) and is its 40th successor-in-training.

A spunky teen with a high IQ, Kimberly is also an academic prodigy who loves 80s music – she’s never without her cassette player and earplugs. Her most striking feature is her five large, long braided hair sections with turquoise-dyed ends.

Showing aptitude with the Bushin ninja arts, the athletic Kimberly keeps the hallmark Bushin Senpukyaku (Hurricane Kick), off-the-wall jumps (aka Triangle Jump), and the versatile Hayagake (start-up sprint / rapid run) maneuvers that utilize uncanny speed and agility. But she also incorporates her stock of spray-paint cans that she calls her “Shuriken Bombs” in battle. Kimberly can also get jazzed up when her Walkman is activated.

Her involvement in Street Fighter 6 is deeply personal, as she’s hoping to uncover the whereabouts of her missing uncle Albert following the game’s inciting incident.

Since her reveal, many have been captivated by Kimberly’s enthusiastic and bubbly personality and magnetized by her very energetic, neo-traditional fighting style. Here’s hoping Kimberly becomes another fan-favorite for the franchise.

*Fun Fact: She hates sad movies.

Hailing from the eastern-most Caribbean island of Barbados, Fabian Wood has long since been fascinated by the power of storytelling to inspire and invoke emotions – whether in film, comics, or videogames. No longer content to be just an avid comic book reader and videogamer, he’s eager to exercise his literary acumen as an aspiring writer and reviewer.

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