This is part one of an elaborate Street fighter IV character analysis. With this system comes an enormous dataset on character usage and how they performed over the years. A lot of words have been said about tiers, using matchups as a base for ranking. Now we can look into what actually worked, using hindsight on a lot of metrics. They may not be mained often, may not even appear that much in tournaments, but those who play them rank really high and score points. This is an indication of the character strength, as weak characters are not likely to end up in the highest ranks, but it is also highly reliant on player strength. The second category says something about popularity, but is also influenced by how much those who play a character enter tournaments.