Vega (Balrog in Japan or simply Claw) is a recurring antagonist in the Street Fighter franchise. He is a narcissist who is best known for his obsession with beauty, especially his own, and hatred of ugliness.
Early in his life, he learned bullfighting and ninjutsu, which he combined into a unique fighting style that made him known in the underground cage fighting circuit as "The Spanish Ninja." When his mother was murdered by his ugly stepfather, he killed him as revenge, but the experience left a huge impact on his mental health. Now he has a split personality, being a smooth charmer by day and a vicious killer by night. This also led to his obsession with beauty, which is why he cares so much about his own appearance and is obsessed with beautiful women like Chun-Li and Cammy White. He even wears a mask often to protect his handsome face from any harm.
Vega worked for Shadaloo as an assassin, up until the organization's fall at the end of Super Street Fighter II Turbo. He quickly returned to a newly revived Shadaloo through the subsidiary division S.I.N. in Super Street Fighter IV.