Forget Bitcoin, it’s all about ‘Bison Dollars’ now

With the roller-coaster rise and fall and rise (and fall, and rise) of Bitcoin, which was at one time worth as much as $18,000 U.S. dollars, many people have questions. Should I buy a Bitcoin? Should I hold onto it? How do I cryptocurrency? What is the Bit Coins, anyway? One popular answer: Bitcoin is the fictional currency “Bison Dollars” from the 1994 film Street Fighterbased on the popular video game franchise.

To see how Bison Dollars became the newest meme-savvy way to talk about Bitcoin, let’s take a look at the original scene from Street Fighter: 

The dictator M. Bison, played by the late, great Raul Julia, has just revealed a suitcase full of money with his own face on it.

“Is this a joke? This money isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on,” says Bison’s lieutenant, Sagat.

“On the contrary,” Bison declares, “Every Bison Dollar will be worth five British Pounds … once I’ve kidnapped their queen!”

Fictional money, driven by madmen, with its value seemingly set arbitrarily? That reminds me of something, but I can’t quite put my finger on i—

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Oh, yeah. Bitcoin.

The metaphor has not been lost on people who are confused or put off by Bitcoin and other digital currencies. They’ve started using Bison Dollars as a jokey way of discussing the rise of cryptocurrencies.

Of course, Bitcoin’s true believers, those who encourage holding the currency no matter what happens, will dismiss this as more FUD (“fear, uncertainty, and doubt”) from “NoCoiners.”

But maybe it’s the NoCoiners who will have the last laugh. If Bitcoin crashes down to nothing and M. Bison successfully kidnaps the Queen of England and blackmails the treasury, those who opted to hold Bison Dollars are going to look pretty damn smart.

Jay Hathaway

Jay Hathaway

Jay Hathaway is a former senior writer who specialized in internet memes and weird online culture. He previously served as the Daily Dot’s news editor, was a staff writer at Gawker, and edited the classic websites Urlesque and Download Squad. His work has also appeared on nymag.com, suicidegirls.com, and the Morning News.