Characters: Street Fighter EX

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Debuting in Street Fighter EX


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    Hokuto - Japan 
Voiced by: Yuri Amano

The closest thing to a main character in the EX series, Hokuto is a practitioner of the Mizukami style of Kobujutsu and the daughter of a branch family's leader. After turning 17, she learned from her adoptive father that she has a brother named Kairi, who disappeared when Hokuto was still an infant and was now walking the path of the "Asura." Hokuto was given the duty to eliminate her now renegade brother and as a failsafe in case she hesitated, she was implanted with the "Seal of Blood" to ensure she would accomplish her duty.


  • Badass Family: With Kairi and Nanase. To date, one of the truest (and largest) examples of this trope in the series. Hokuto can even initiate Meteor Tag Combos with both siblings.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Hakuto is as calm, noble and dignified as can be expected of a proper Yamato Nadeshiko. She also has some of the most brutal attacks in the Street Fighter series with no less than four moves that has her impale her opponents. Turned Up to Eleven when she's under the influence of the "Seal of Blood" which turns her into a living nightmare.
  • BFS: Her Shirasegatana Meteor Combo, where she pulls out a gigantic naginata from Hammerspace and brings it down upon her opponent like the wrath of God. If they're hit by the blade's tip, the opponent is blanketed in flames.
  • Big Sister Instinct/Onee-sama: To Nanase.
  • Canon Foreigner
  • Counter Attack
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Bloody Hokuto's ending in EX Plus Alpha. She took out the entire roster.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: In EX2, she ties her hair in a ponytail and dons a new kimono (as seen in the image above). She switches back to her old outfit in the next game.
  • Forehead of Doom: Depending on the Artist, but more noticeable with her EX/EX3 attire.
  • Hair Decorations
  • Hair Flip: One of her victory poses.
  • I Have Many Names: She also went by the name of Shirase as a child.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Invokes this on others. First with her Kyouya Renbu, a command grab combo that ends with her thrusting her whole arm through the opponent's stomach. It's surprisingly non-lethal for such a gruesome move. Secondly with her Tenkyou Satsu Meteor Combo, which has her joint-lock her opponent into the air, air-juggle them with one hit and finally thrust her hand up through their abdomen. It's one of the most damaging moves in the EX series. Thirdly her Meteor Tag Combo with Kairi has Kairi slam the opponent's body down, back first, towards Hokuto who impales them though their torso with Tenkyou Satsu's final attack. And just when you thought the brutality was at least limited to her Bloody Hokuto mode, her Meteor Tag Combo with Nanase has her both shoot through the opponent with a Kiren'eki and impale them with her naginata.
  • Girly Girl
  • Ki Attacks: Particularly notable in that Hokuto's Kiren'eki super has her charge up and release her ki as if she were firing an arrow from a bow. Interestingly, it appears that she's firing an arrow of light (no, not those ones) during her Meteor Tag Combo with Nanase.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: How many women in this series can you name that do battle while wearing a kimono?
  • Lady of War: There's a graceful air to her movements. She's also skilled with paper fans, bows & arrows, and a naginata.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Hokuto has no clue that the Seal of Blood was implanted in her or that she was sent on a mission to kill Kairi, her own brother.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine
  • Martial Arts Headband: Hides the Seal of Blood in the first EX. Remove it, and she becomes Bloody Hokuto. The Seal has not reappeared in EX2.
  • Meaningful Name: Although officially spelled in hiragana, Hokuto is the Japanese name for the Big Dipper.
  • Mini-Boss: But only in EX3 while playing through Original Mode as Garuda (thus avoiding a Mirror Match scenario).
  • Miko: An unlockable outfit in EX Plus Alpha has Hokuto dress as such, complete with substituting her fans for ceremonial tamagushi/haraegushi. Supposedly, Hokuto is also a Shinto priestess within the clan, explaining the robes.
  • Power Glows: As part of her Meteor Tag Combo with Kairi.
    • You can make her hands glow purple in EX3 by consuming one level of meter. This turns her to Bloody Hokuto, but without the Seal on her forehead. Her attacks do higher damage until the end of the round, and she can access her Meteor Combo at Level 3.
  • Refusal of the Call: Despite her skill in kobujutsu, Hokuto would eventually forsake her title of seiden among the Mizukami clan, passing it along to her sister Nanase.
  • Retcon: Hokuto's original bio stated that she was a student of the Bushin school of Ninjutsu like Guy.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Her and her siblings' clan name/fighting style. Depending on where you look, it's rendered either as Mizukami or Mizugami.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Bloody Hokuto (the Japanese name actually roughly translates to "Hokuto with the Seal of Blood Awakened"). Playable secret character in the first EX, integrated into Normal!Hokuto's repertoire in EX3. She does have to consume a super gauge to access Bloody Hokuto's moveset, though.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: One of her throws is an armbar.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko

    C. Jack - USA 
Voiced by: Banjō Ginga

A bodyguard and bouncer for hire, "Cracker" Jack entered the first Street Fighter EX to protect Blair Dame. In EX2, he enters the tournament to save his younger sister, who was taken captive by a rival underground fighter. After rescuing his sister, he was pursued by a criminal organization and ended up hiding in Blair's home by the end of EX3.


  • Ambiguously Brown: Though from the United States, his appearance and theme music seems to imply Spanish or Latino descent.
  • Badass Baritone: And how! His pitch does go a bit higher in EX3, though.
  • Badass Normal
  • Batter Up
  • Big Brother Instinct: When his little sister is held hostage by an underground boxing champion, he risks regaining the attention of his pursuers to save her.
  • Bouncer
  • Canon Foreigner
  • Expy: Style-wise, of Michael Jackson. Notice his EX2/EX3 outfit.
    • As far as his moveset, he has Balrog's Dash Straight, Dash Upper, Turn Punch and Crazy Buffalo Super.
  • Eye-Obscuring Hat: His eyes are never seen at all, whether it's his hat or sunglasses.
  • Fedora of Asskicking
  • Heel-Face Turn: Not so much the character himself undergoing a change, but a shift in alignment thanks to the drastic changes in his backstory caused by the retcon. In the first game, he was a thug who served Shadaloo, in the later games he is more or less a good guy.
  • Home Run Hitter: TO THE MOON! No, really. In his Meteor Combo, he hits you so hard, you rebound off of the moon and come back. Apparently, concepts like escape velocity and gravity do not apply when you're just that awesome.
  • I Know Madden Kombat: Kind of, uses a soccer kick as one of his attacks, and there is the bat thing. Both are used in his Meteor Combo.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down
  • Meaningful Name: He's named "Cracker Jack" because he wields a baseball bat. If you don't get it, Cracker Jack is a snack food commonly sold at baseball games.
  • Megaton Punch: Used to derail a Shadaloo train in his EX Plus Alpha ending. If that wasn't badass enough, Jack finger wags at the train before he punches it sky-high and departs with an Unflinching Walk as it detonates in the background.
  • Nice Hat
  • Retcon: Of all the changed backstories, his was one of the most drastic. Cracker Jack's original bio stated he was originally an enforcer for Shadaloo who used to train grunts by teaching them how to recover from serious injuries, but ended up betraying the organization. In later versions of his backstory, he is no longer a criminal and is on the run from an unnamed organization.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: In the first game he was dressed like a thug. Now, you can't deny that his white suit with the pink lotus boutineer is damn sharp.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Jack has all the special moves Balrog had in Super Turbo except the Buffalo Headbutt.
  • Wrestler in All of Us

    D. Dark - Germany 
Voiced by: Bin Shimada

A man named Holger once served under Guile with his own special tactical reconnaissance unit. He was injured during a scuffle with a rival unit led by Rolento (from Final Fight), which turned into a bloody battle. Holger was the only member of his unit to survive, but was severely injured, emotionally and physically. Outfitted with a portable breathing apparatus, he eventually escaped from the hospital and went into hiding, only to re-emerge as the deranged psychotic killer Doctrine Dark. Dark holds Guile responsible for starting the fight that caused the massacre of his unit and seeks to kill him as a result. Rolento, who actually started the fight, does not appear in the EX series. In EX2, it is retconned that Holger's insanity is actually a result of his upbringing in a mercenary training facility that taught him how to kill as a child—and his subsequent murder of his own squad.


    Skullomania - Japan 
Voiced by: Issei Futamata

Skullomania is the superhero identity of a third-rate salaryman from Tokyo named Saburo Nishikoyama, who works to support his wife and children. After dressing up as a superhero for a department store attraction, Nishikoyama decided to become a superhero for real, choosing to fight crime as a hobby during the weekends. Outside the EX series, he also appeared in Arika's Fighter Maker for the PS1.


    Pullum - Saudi Arabia 
Voiced by: Chika Sakamoto

Full name Pullum Purna. The daughter of a wealthy and powerful magistrate in an Arabian country who tries to investigate her grandfather's connection with Shadaloo with the help of her bodyguard Darun Mister.


    Allen - USA 
Voiced by: Osamu Hosoi

Full name Allen Snider. A fighter once touted as the greatest Karate master in the United States, he was once the undefeated and favored champion of the U.S. Martial Arts Tournament until he was challenged by a then-unknown Ken Masters. Ken easily defeated him, telling him that he was still a "big fish in a small pond." Encouraged by Ken's words, Allen decided to travel the world and fight other warriors from other countries to prove himself otherwise. His special techniques, the "Soul Force" and the "Rising Dragon", were based on Ken's Hadouken and Shoryuken respectively. Allen's only subsequent appearance after the original EX and its re-releases was in Fighting Layer, an Arika-produced fighting game released exclusively for the arcades.


    Blair - Europe 
Voiced by: Hikari Tachibana

The young heiress of the wealthy multi-millionaire Dame family in Europe. In addition to having a formal education and training in etiquette, Blair also practiced and mastered various martial art styles since her childhood. She trains not only for the sake of the hobby, but also in case she would ever need to defend herself. In addition to attending social events, Blair also likes to travel the world and participate in various fighting tournaments and events. Due to her overprotective parents, she is accompanied in these events by her bodyguard Cracker Jack. Blair is also a close friend of Pullum, as they're both members of the International Debutante Club. Like Allen, her only appearance after the original EX and its re-releases was in the Arika-developed arcade-exclusive fighting game Fighting Layer.


    Kairi - Japan 
Voiced by: Kaneto Shiozawa

Hokuto's elder brother. When he was young, Kairi fell off of a cliff after fighting his own father. Kairi survived, but suffered a memory lost and began wandering the world, with nothing but his innate knowledge of the Mizukami fighting style and his will to survive to guide him. His body is covered with all kinds of scars from past battles, and his hair eventually changes from black to white due to all of his stress.


    Darun - India 
Voiced by: Takashi Nagasako

Said to be the strongest and most popular professional wrestler in India, Darun Mister seeks to travel the world to fight against other wrestlers such as Zangief and Victor Ortega. He travels the world as Pullum Purna's bodyguard.


    Garuda - Japan 
Voiced by: Osamu Hosoi

Possibly the closest thing to an antagonist the EX series has (besides Bison, OF COURSE!), Garuda is a demon dressed in samurai-like armor. Depending on the source, Garuda is either a composite of undead souls of warriors who killed by the Satsui no Hadou (according to the first EX), or the embodiment of every negative feeling mankind has ever felt (according to EX2).


  • Animated Armor
  • Attack Reflector: Either hit of his Zanki (his forward + HP command normal, a lunging one-two palm strike) can negate/deflect normal and super-level projectiles.
  • Badass
  • Big Bad: Arguably, although Bison remains the Final Boss in most titles (barring EX2, Garuda is instead a midboss encountered two or three stages before the big man himself, depending on the game).
  • Canon Foreigner
  • Cool Sword: Produces a katana from Hammerspace for his Kyojinsenshu Meteor Combo.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Damn straight!
    • Spin Attack: Naturally, his command list features a ton of these.
  • Expy: He looks similar to Sodom and Bishamon.
  • Ghost Lights: His Soukondan super utilizes these (or something similar). He's also surrounded by these in his intro when faced as a boss in EX2 (Plus).
  • Levitating Lotus Position: Bu, Garuda's answer to the Ashura Senku, consists of this. While spinning, naturally.
  • Made of Evil
  • Screaming Warrior: There is no such thing as an "off switch" when it comes to his yelling. The only exceptions are two of his victory poses (one of which is a creepy Evil Laugh) where his voice drops to a nearly inaudible murmur.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: With a possible side dish of Hive Mind.
  • Secret A.I. Moves: His CPU and Shin incarnations are notable in that they gain Maboroshi, a move that allows Garuda to teleport when hit and appear above the opponent, where he then pounces on them with his spikes. This is tempered slightly in that Shin Garuda—alongside the Shin/CPU versions of the other bosses—is unlockable in EX Plus Alpha. note 
  • SNK Boss: The extent of which is determined by how well the player fares before facing him and (in the first EX) how early they meet the requirements to challenge Garuda in the first place.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Garuda is all about this.
  • Teleport Spam: He will teleport when you hit him, counterattack, and then teleport again.
  • True Final Boss: In EX Plus Alpha, it's possible to face Shin Garuda , a version of Garuda clad in splotchy black-and-red armor and red hakama pants who deals far more damage than regular Garuda and takes roughly 1/4 the amount of damage as his normal counterpart, superseding Bison (the default Final Boss) and (Shin) Akuma as the most difficult challenge in the game. This form of his did not stick around for the next two games, as the True Final Boss position went to stronger incarnations of Bison (Bison II in EX2, True Bison in EX3).

Debuting in Street Fighter EX Plus


    Cycloid-β and Cycloid-γ 
A pair of Dural-like cyborgs who were programmed with the combat data of various fighters. One of them is just a generic wireframed polygon character, the other is just an untextured model. In the Japanese version of Street Fighter EX Plus α, Gamma is revealed to be a secret weapon made by Pullum's father, Balba, in order to take down a criminal organization.



Debuting in Street Fighter EX2


    Hayate - Japan 
The son of a legendary swordsman from the mountain village of Kukunochimura, Hayate decides to follow up on his father's footsteps by becoming a swordsman himself. His father is a legendary hero who sealed the beast of Orochi. When Orochi escapes from his imprisonment and kidnaps the local shrine maiden, Hayate slays the demon like his father did before him. Hayate and the maiden then become the new guardian deities of the village. Oddly enough, Hayate appears in the original EX2, but was omitted from the arcade version of EX2 Plus (being re-added in the PlayStation port) and is completely gone from the series afterwards.


  • Bishōnen
  • Canon Foreigner
  • Cool Sword
  • Generation Xerox: He follows the footsteps of his father, a legendary hero who once saved his home village from the demon Orochi. In Hayate's ending, he too defeats Orochi, saves the local shrine maiden, and becomes the guardian of his village.
  • Martial Arts Headband
  • Name's the Same: He shares his name with one of Makoto's special moves.
  • Put on a Bus: He does not appear in the arcade version of EX2 Plus (he only shows up in the PS1 version as a bonus character), and doesn't reappear for EX3.
  • Samurai: And naturally, he uses a katana.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Subverted. All three of his super moves have been collaborated in Garuda's three-part Meteor Combo (sadly, Hayate's supers don't do as many hits and damage). The remainder of his specials are unique to him.

    Nanase - Japan 
Voiced by: Megumi Ogata

Introduced in EX2, Hokuto's younger sister who was also trained in the ways of Mizukami Kobujutsu, who goes on a journey to prevent her older siblings from fighting each other.


    Sharon - Unknown 
Voiced by: Megumi Ogata

A redheaded femme fatale with a tattoo of a rose on her right chest. She leads a double life, working as a nun by day who takes care of orphans at the same monastery where she was raised, while at night she's a top-class assassin employed by an espionage group. When she learns that a member of a certain criminal organization she was hired to eliminate has the same tattoo she has, she ignores her orders and decides to pursue her target to learn about her past.


    Shadowgeist - Unknown 
Voiced by: Iemasa Kayumi

An anti-hero from a nameless dystopian nation who decides to avenge his lost wife and daughter by bringing the totalitarian government responsible for their deaths to justice. He has artificially enhanced his body with cyborg implants. Essentially a darker version of Skullomania.



Debuting in Street Fighter EX2 Plus


    Area - Unknown 
Voiced by: Miki Itō

The daughter of a scientific engineer, she works as a clerk in her father's store selling her father's inventions. One day, her father invents a large mechanical arm codenamed "Cancer", developed for the purpose of excavation. Area modifies it as a weapon and decides to test it against other martial artists from around the world.


    V. Rosso - Italy 
Voiced by: Iemasa Kayumi

Full name Vulcano Rosso. An Italian fighter employed by some kind of secret organization. When his girlfriend is murdered, he leaves his organization to seek revenge. His special moves are named after locations in Italy (i.e: Pisa, Canossa).


  • Anime Hair
  • Badass Baritone
  • Bruce Lee Clone: Technically, he's only one by proxy. The single element Vulcano shares in common with the Dragon is his dazzling flying kick, but he seems to be modeled after Soulcalibur's Maxi, who is one of these to the hilt (in spite of also drawing inspiration from the King).
  • Canon Foreigner
  • Counter Attack: Canassanote . Similar to Geese Howard's Atemi Nage, it even comes in three flavors (Light Kick = high/anti-air, Medium Kick = mid, Heavy Kick = low), with each variant able to be followed up with a combo or super if successful.
  • Expy: Of Maxi.
  • Flash Step: Sciara Del Fuoco is a downplayed example; it's nothing more than a quick dash and Rosso's vulnerable while performing it, but he can pass right through his opponent and get behind them with it if he's close enough (provided there's a suitable amount of space for him to occupy, naturally). It also, with the right timing and some experience, doubles as an approach for some of his trickier moves. In EX3, however, the move is given transparency effects so that Vulcano's movements more closely resemble the trope in question from a stylistic standpoint.
  • Gratuitous Italian: Quattro Panorama!
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: His Quattro Panorama Meteor Combo, which starts with hoisting his opponent into the air, punching them in the gut, then a series of boots to the head, flipping them over with his foot, followed by a fiery geyser punch to the face (similar in effect to his Torre Pendante super), and then a final kick to the back of their skull that sends his opponent rolling.
  • Latin Lover: Just listen to his theme, look at him, and try to tell us that Rosso doesn't strike you as a grade-A charmer.
  • Meaningful Name: Vulcan, as in the Roman god of fire who worked as a blacksmith. Which is the etymological source of the terms vulcano (Italian) and volcano (English). Rosso is Italian for red, a color usually associated with fire. His name is Italian for "Red Volcano."
  • Multicolored Hair: His hair is more like a reversed zebra than a full-out Skunk Stripe.
  • Neck Lift: Both his regular throw and Quattro Panorama employ this in some fashion.
  • Playing with Fire
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Seen during his Accelerando Super Combo. His Ponte Dei Sospiri also features this, but to a lesser extent.
  • Revenge: WOT DRIVES HIM until the beginning of EX3.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome
  • Theme Naming: Move names include Canossa no Kutsujoku (Canossa's Disgrace), Etna/Vesuvio no Ikari (Etna's/Vesuvius' Rage), Tameiki no Hashi/Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs), and Pisa no Shatou/Torre Pendente (Leaning Tower of Pisa).
  • This Cannot Be!: His K.O. cry ("Bakana!") roughly translates to this. note 

Debuting in Street Fighter EX3


    Ace - Unknown 
A secret government agent from an unknown nation who has the special ability to learn the techniques of his opponent after gathering battle data. He is asked by the Prime Minister of his country to gather information of a secret weapon being developed in an underground base.