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Dad Reenacts 'Street Fighter II Turbo' Victory Dances, Wins Internet

Now if only there were some way he could express his triumph.

Dad-dancing, in all its forms, is always ridiculous, but it reaches the epitome of silliness when Pop's smooth moves are taken from the ragtag cast of the classic '90s video game "Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting."

This amazing video, posted Nov. 17 by YouTube user and fighting-game enthusiast Nick Luciano, shows his father, Mike Luciano Jr., re-enacting the victory dances for playable characters in the fondly remembered Capcom game.

That's right: Dad's covered all your favorites, including Chun-Li, Blanka, Ryu, E. Honda and more.

"It's really awesome that he does this stuff for me so blindly," wrote Nick, a Los Angeles comedian, in an email to The Huffington Post. "I also see how willing he is to have fun and be his silly self and it makes me think he'd do this type of thing all the time if given the opportunity."

For many who grew up in the '90s, the game is practically legendary. The monster hit helped inspire numerous sequels and two live-action films, one in 1994 and one in 2009.

So far, the video has more than 124,000 views, though that number pales in comparison to the 418,000-plus views Luciano's dad has gotten for recreating the taunt animations from "Super Smash Bros. for Wii U." 

Mike, 64, seems to be enjoying the attention he's getting from the "Street Fighter II Turbo" project.

"Thanks everyone for the nice comments! They bring my Dad a lot of joy. He's always shocked and is never expecting such a warm response," Nick wrote in the video's comment section on YouTube.

The video hints at some of the unique challenges involved in trying to recreate animated video game victory dances. For example, a person would need to have superpowers to accurately depict Dhalsim's levitation. Still, Nick's dad giddily sits on a chair to make the most of it.

Mike even pulls out a comb for his Guile impersonation, since it's clearly important to make sure your hair looks good after a bloody brawl.

Nick Luciano, left, poses with his father, Mike Luciano Jr.
Nick Luciano, left, poses with his father, Mike Luciano Jr.
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