Cole MacGrath is a character exclusive to the PS3 and Vita versions of the game. It marks his first appearance in a fighting game.
Connection to Other Media
In his win quote against Steve, Kuro will mention having a BIONIC ARRRRM. This is a shout-out to Spencer's memetic quote from Marvel VS Capcom 3.
In training mode, Dan will greet you by saying, "Are you OK!? Buster Wo—I mean, I'm doing freaking great!" This is a shout-out to Terry Bogard's classic line from the Fatal Fury series.
M. Bison's taunt, "For me, it was a Tuesday" is taken verbatim from Raul Julia's infamous performance as the character in the Street Fighter film. Some of his quotes against Chun-Li, Guile, Blanka, and Hugo are taken from his memetic lines in the Street Fighter animated series.
When scanning Cody and Guy in his arcade mode cutscene, Jack will say their power levels are "over 9,000." This is a shout-out to the famous Dragon Ball Z meme.
Rolento's taunt, "Soldiers! What is half the battle?" is a shout-out to the classic "Knowing is the half the battle!" public service announcements from the 1980s G.I. Joe cartoon.
Kuro's win quote against Vega mocks him for not having a wire fence to climb on anymore. This is a reference to Vega's special ability to climb up his background stage in the Street Fighter II games.
The Mad Gear Hideout stage is a reference to Sodom's Street Fighter Alpha ending, in which he took over the gang and opened a restaurant. Sodom's business venture is later confirmed in Poison's arcade mode in Ultra Street Fighter IV.
Mega Man's unusual design is taken from the infamous box art of the original Mega Man game released in 1987.
Kuro's win quote to Guile points out that he's been saying, "Go home and be a family man" for twenty years. This is a shout-out to Guile's iconic line from Street Fighter II.
Mech Zangief from Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter makes a cameo in the Cosmic Elevator stage.
The strange box that crash-lands in Antarctica is nicknamed "Pandora." This is a reference to the Greek myth of Pandora's Box, which contained all the evils of the world.
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