Chun-Li (チュンリー Chun-Rī?, based on Chinese [simplified: 春丽 traditional: 春麗] Chūn-Lì) is a video game character created by Capcom. First introduced in Street Fighter II. Her name in Mandarin is (chun 春 "spring", lì 丽 "beautiful"), meaning "spring beauty". Chun-Li made her debut in the original version of Street Fighter II as one of the game's eight playable characters and the sole female character in the game (before the addition of later characters such as Cammy, Rose and Sakura). Chun-Li's backstory centers around her quest to avenge her father's death, an undercover police agent who disappeared while investigating M. Bison's organization.
In her ending, she fulfills her revenge and decides to return to her life as an ordinary girl. In Super Street Fighter II, the player is given the option to make Chun-Li return to ordinary life or continue her work as a police officer.
Chun-Li is notable for being the first female playable character in a fighting game, and has acquired the nickname "First Lady of Fighting Games" among enthusiasts.