James "Jimmy" Blanka is a video game character from the Street Fighter series. Blanka's first appearance in the series was in Street Fighter II, as a part of the starting lineup. His name was initially "Big Dean Caves". He is seen in Wreck-It Ralph during the credits, fighting Ralph in Street Fighter II. When Ralph tries to punch him, he electrocutes Ralph, and his skeleton is shown.
Blanka was originally going to look more like a caveman, and there are rumors that the design for King Rasta Mon from Saturday Night Slam Masters was one of the early Blanka character models. In Street Fighter Alpha 3, his character design was again changed to make him less ferocious-looking, due to complaints from parents.
Blanka's most apparent characteristic is his green color. His in-game storyline states that he was once extremely pale and was once known locally as the "hombre blanco" (white man) and adapted the blanco into his name Blanka. This is a strange storyline point because the language spoken in Brazil is not Spanish, but Portuguese, in which that expression would be "homem branco" and in any case, the words blanca and branca in either language are feminine. On the other hand, Blanka is pronounced Buranka in Japan.
His green skin color in the games is attributed to his constant use of chlorophyll from plants to better blend in with the jungle environment, a color change that eventually became permanent. His coloring changed in later games, making him bright green with vivid orange hair as opposed to the yellowish green skin he had in Street Fighter II. Blanka's style of fighting in the games is a self-taught savage fighting style; however, Capcom's USA division depicted it as a Capoeira technique.
In the non-canon Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, Blanka appears in the ending with another green-skinned powerhouse, The Incredible Hulk. In the ending, Bruce Banner theorizes that gamma radiation caused Blanka's mutations, as they did his. He is also seen in the background of one stage, sitting in front of a campfire, in a crouch and face affixed in a snarl, across from The Beast, who mirrors his expression.
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