(pronounced "Colleen") originally appeared in Street
Fighter III as a non-playable character before making her playable debut
in Street Fighter V Season 2. Kolin is also known by her alternate
persona and/or alias, Helen. She is a conniving and devoted agent of the
Illuminati, and works as Gill's
personal assistant and secretary. In Street Fighter 3, she managed
various aspects of the Third World Warrior Tournament, along with Gill. She is
also the one who gives Dudley his
father's car keys back in his New Generation and 2nd Impact endings.
In Street Fighter V, Kolin (as Helen) first appears in Charlie's
storyline. A mysterious Russian woman named Helen revives the corpse of
Charlie Nash using the eleventh vessel from Urien's
laboratory. She and Urien decide to use Charlie to stop Shadaloo's plans,
taking advantage of his desire for revenge on Bison.
While Charlie is still weak from his resurrection, Helen tasks him with the
unpleasant assignment of taking down his best friend, Guile.
After Charlie secures
Guile's piece, Helen reveals she has also recruited Rashid
and Juri as part of her
operation to take down Shadaloo. Urien arrives, and it becomes clear they have
an antagonistic relationship, though she refers to him deferentially as
"Lord Urien". Urien attacks Charlie to test his mettle, but is
prevented from killing him by Rashid. He tells Helen to prove that Shadaloo is
truly defeated. Before they infiltrate Shadaloo to stop the Black Moons, Helen
uses some sort of power to charge the green gem on Charlie's forehead and keep
After an unsuccessful
attempt at halting the Black Moons, Helen gives Rashid the riddle from his
friend whose answer will stop Operation C.H.A.I.N.S. - and, excited, asks
Charlie if he has killed Bison yet. Charlie answers that he has not, and Helen
is enraged, complaining that she worked so hard to revive him and rubbing in
his face the fact that his new body is decaying rapidly and he is truly dead.
Charlie surprises her by revealing he knew this already, and leaves to perform
the mission his own way. Helen is last seen comforting herself by reading a
prophecy about Gill from the Book of Miraha while watching the destruction of
the surrounding city. Urien castigates her for her failure.
In the mid-credits
sequence after the story ends, Helen kneels before Gill and tells him of the
fall of Shadaloo and Bison's defeat at the hands of Ryu.
She apologizes for failing him with her Nash project. Gill rises from his
throne and asks her to come with him, addressing her as Kolin and apparently
using his cryokinetic powers to transform her from Helen into her familiar
design from Street Fighter III (it is left unexplained whether the
'Helen' persona was simply a disguise all along or if her existence as Kolin
is a new development). Kolin gazes upon Gill's face with worshipful loyalty as
the credits resume.
Updated: June 5th, 2022
I always liked
Kolin's design as a support character for Gill (in the SFIII series). However, as "Helen" in SFV's storyline... she was bland to say the least. Since she was
"undercover" and all, I guess it sorta makes sense that she came off
as bland, but it was a pretty lame story-telling technique if you ask me.
In gameplay, Kolin turned out as a fairly decent SFV newcomer. Her ice
attacks are kind of annoying and don't really seem very "Street Fighter-ish"...
if you catch my drift. She just seems like she's from a different 2D fighting
game, and again, a bit bland compared to some of the series best (and even compared to some of the more interesting SFV newcomers) Overall, something about her SFV moveset and personality seems a
bit stiff... and maybe too little too late. I want to like Kolin, but sadly, I think she's much cooler in her SFIII iteration... and she wasn't even playable in that game. Hmph.
Style / Moveset