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Debuting in Street Fighter EX

Who are you? Brother... is that you?

Origin: Japan
Fighting style: Mizugami-ryu Kobujutsu
Voiced by: note 

The closest thing to a main character in the EX series, Hokuto, real name Shirase, 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. In Fighting EX Layer, she breaks the seal and sheds the identity of Hokuto, and now goes by her true name, Shirase, but not before erasing Nanase's memories of her so that she could live a normal life. Now, having lost the ability to feel emotion, her one mission in life is to hunt down and kill Kairi.

  • Archer Archetype: Having been trained in the way of the bow, Hokuto is calm, composed, and rather aloof, though she's a bit more open around Nanase from the look of things.
  • Armor Is Useless: Averted. The breastplate Hokuto usually wears (a muneate) isn't so much for protection against enemy attacks as it is to prevent the bowstring from striking her chest after drawing and firing an arrow. Though its use would prove unnecessary with Kiren'eki since she doesn't require a bow to fire those particular arrows, it can be surmised that Hokuto would need it when practicing with an actual yumi.
  • 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: Hokuto 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.
  • 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. Her new look in Fighting EX Layer, she ties her hair in a low ponytail with stylish bangs and a new attire similar to her old EX/EX3 one.
  • Forehead of Doom: Depending on the Artist, but more noticeable with her EX/EX3 attire.
  • Hair Flip: One of her victory poses.
  • Identical Stranger: In more ways than one. The "Hokuto" that appears in Fighting EX Layer is actually Nanase, who the audience initially believes to be Sanane due to Significant Anagram.
  • I Have Many Names: She also went by Shirase as a child, hence the name of her Meteor Combo, Shirasegatana (Shirase's Katana).
  • 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.
  • Ki Manipulation: 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 an unmistakably 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. Shirase, on the other hand, is the Japanese word for "obituary".
  • 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. EX 2 instead made her a member of the Mizukami clan
    • Her SFV entry fuses her two backstories together, making her a member of both Bushin and Mizukami clans.
  • 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.

    C. Jack
Hey, Blair! Why don't you let me stay here for a while...

Origin: USA
Fighting style: Baseball brawler
Voiced by: note 

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. In Fighting EX Layer, he's hiding out in a cattle ranch, but hears that Vulcano Rosso is looking for him, leading him to believe a hit has been put out on him. However, Vulcano was merely hired by Blair to find Jack.

  • Ambiguously Brown: Though from the United States, his appearance and theme music seems to imply Spanish or Latino descent.
  • Americans Are Cowboys: His updated appearance in Fighting EX Layer dresses him like a cowboy. He trades in his panama hat for a ten-gallon hat and now wears a pair of brown leather chaps over his pants. Justified in that he's been hiding out in a cattle ranch.
  • Attack Reflector: Both his Soccer Kick and Bat Swing can deflect projectiles (the latter even giving off the distinct sound of a bat hitting a baseball).
  • 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
  • Charged Attack: Much like Balrog, Jack's Final Punch can go anywhere from middling damage to over 50% of an opponent's lifebar depending on how long you hold down the punch buttons.
    • As far as his moveset, he has Balrog's Dash Straight, Dash Upper, Turn Punch and Crazy Buffalo Super.
  • Eyes Out of Sight: His eyes are never seen at all, whether it's his hat or hair.
  • 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.
    • It gets better: each time you successfully use Soccer Ball Kick or Batting Hero to knock out projectiles, the opponent gets thrown even further into space, and the move does more damage.
  • Hot Blooded Sideburns
  • 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.
  • 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

    Doctrine Dark
Origin: USA
Fighting style: Special Forces training
Voiced by: note 

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.

Origin: Japan
Fighting style: Freestyle dance
Voiced by: note 

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 and as a gender-bent Guest Fighter in SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy.


    Pullum Purna
Origin: Saudi Arabia
Fighting style: Arabian Dance
Voiced by: note 

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. In Fighting EX Layer, her father has gone missing, and she's been governing her country in her father's stead. She later sets out on her own to find where her missing father has gone, and also to find her former bodyguard Darun.

  • "Arabian Nights" Days: That outfit is straight out of it, and would be illegal for her back home in Saudi Arabia.
  • Bare Your Midriff: And it's quite tantalizing.
  • The Beautiful Elite: Pullum is a member of the "Young Ladies of the World" Club, an elite, in-series group comprised of young women from around the globe that come from families of wealth and influence. Her fellow members are Blair Dame of Monaco and Julia (one of the "judgement girls") from England.
  • Bedlah Babe: She's one of the best known examples in the Fighting Game genre, and as is often the case with this trope, her whole look is entirely anachronistic with the Street Fighter series' modern-day setting and the modesty laws associated with her country of origin.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: Like a few other characters in the series, her name has been oddly romanised, likely because it has made the journey from Arabic to Japanese phonetic spellings and finally to English. In Arabic "Pullum Purna" is written as برم برنا, which translates to "Birim Borna" — and is doubly suitable in her case as "birim/birm" means "twirl" (as in to twirl around) and "Borna" is a given name meaning "youthful" (though it's usually a boy's name).
  • Blow You Away: Exhibits some degree of this, as seen with her Kind Wind super.
  • Dance Battler: To the point that her Meteor Combo literally forces her opponent to dance alongside her.
  • Disappeared Dad: Who is implied to be working for Shadaloo. Pullum is currently searching for him.
  • Double Jump: Since the first EX. Starting in EX2, it's reworked as a special named Femina Wind; the hop's trajectory is now dependent on the command (LP = diagonally back, MP = straight up, HP = diagonally forward) and slows Pullum's descent after reaching the apex of her jump.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: Her attacks generally tend to create a lot of sparkles.
  • Genki Girl: She's a very joyful and fun-loving girl, with some silly attacks that show this off, including forcing her opponent to dance along with her until they're dizzy, as well as bouncing off of Darun Mister with ridiculous cartoon sound effects.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: Has a long, Princess Jasmine-esque ponytail.
  • Ojou: She's the daughter of a wealthy Middle Eastern magistrate, after all.
  • Parts Unknown: She was originally stated to be from Saudi Arabia, (her original EX bio lists her origin as "Arabia") but the most recent bio for her on CFN simply states that she's from somewhere in the Middle East, like Rashid.
  • She-Fu: Her fighting style is almost entirely based on dance and acrobatics.
  • She's Got Legs: Visible through her translucent harem style pants.
  • This Is a Drill: Her Drill Purrus. Comes in both ground and air-to-ground variants, not unlike Cammy's Spiral Arrow/Cannon Drill and Cannon Strike.
  • True Blue Femininity: Her outfit's color scheme primarily consists of blue and white.

Origin: USA
Fighting style: Allen-style Karate
Voiced by: note 

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. He finally reappears in Fighting EX Layer, with an American flag colored gi.

    Blair Dame
Origin: Monaco
Fighting style: Shoot Boxing
Voiced by: note 

A young Monégasque heiress and member of the multi-millionaire Dame family. 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. She returns in Fighting EX Layer, and she's searching for her former bodyguard, Jack, with the help of Vulcano Rosso.

  • Amazonian Beauty: She was always a little on the big side, but she's even moreso in her revamped CFN artwork, which makes her look like the buffest woman in the entire Street Fighter series. Inverted in Fighting Layer, which made her smaller and slimmer. Played straight in Fighting Ex Layer.
  • The Beautiful Elite: Blair is a member of the "Young Ladies of the World" Club, an elite, in-series group comprised of young women from around the globe that come from families of wealth and influence. Her fellow members are Pullum Purna of Saudi Arabia and Julia (one of the "judgement girls") from England.
  • Cleavage Window: Made more apparent in her ending and Fighting Layer (both artwork and in-game).
  • Combat Stilettos
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: Subverted. While her voice is almost girlishly high-pitched, it's never unbearable. It's just that fans were expecting a hottie like her to have a more alluring voice.
    • Averted in Fighting Layer; same voice actress, but a much, much sultrier voice.
  • Gratuitous English
  • Gorgeous Gaijin: She's Monégasque (a native of the tiny, exclusive Principality of Monaco), which is the perfect homeland for a wealthy young, scantily clad, socialite and heiress such as herself.
  • Hollywood Atlas: Her nationality when she debuted was only ever given as "European," which is ridiculous considering the huge number of countries that make up the continent of Europe. However, following the revamp of the bios of many of the series's fighters via the official Capcom site, Blair is now listed as a native of Monaco.
  • Jiggle Physics
  • Kick Chick
  • Leotard of Power: Backless, too.
  • Ojou
  • Put on a Bus: Same deal as Allen, although she is mentioned in C. Jack's ending in EX3, where Jack takes refugee in her mansion.
  • She-Fu: Even beyond Blair's reliance on kicks, one of her supers in Fighting Layer is a series of flips.
  • She's Got Legs: Her leotard shows off her body just like Cammy's.
  • Stripperiffic: Her original outfit was a white wrestling singlet similar to Cammy's leotard, fingerless gloves and a pair of thigh high boots. Her Fighting EX Layer outfit averts this, as it covers a lot more skin, but it remains very form fitting despite it also having a significant amount of armor plating.
  • Too Many Belts: Downplayed, though the collar around her neck and the two belts strapped around her arms don't serve any real purpose.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Thanks to her thigh-high boots.

Origin: Japan
Fighting style: Mizugami-ryu Kobujutsu
Voiced by: note 

Sanane's older brother, and Shirase's half-brother. When he was young, Kairi fell off of a cliff after fighting his own father. Kairi survived, but suffered a memory loss 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 Mister
Origin: India
Fighting style: Indraut Wrestling
Voiced by: note 

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. He and Zangief eventually become good friends, with Zangief even entrusting his chess piece to him in Street Fighter V.


Origin: Japan
Fighting style: Sword techniques incorporating mystical elements
Voiced by: note 

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 were 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). At some point, Hayate sealed Garuda away, but the powerful hadou emitted by Kairi reawakened Garuda, leading to Hayate having his body taken over and becoming the new vessel for Garuda.

  • 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.
  • Big Bad: Arguably, although Bison remains the Final Boss in most titles (barring EX2, Garuda is instead a mid-boss encountered two or three stages before the big man himself, depending on the game). Fighting EX Layer puts him in the spotlight, though, with most of the other fighters wanting to defeat Garuda as their ultimate goal.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: With Bison.
  • Bloodless Carnage: His attacks would originally cause large amounts of blood to spew from his victims. This was removed in the international ports of the games.
  • Body Surf: He was once sealed away by a member of Hayate's clan, into their own body. However, Garuda eventually took over and they became a new vessel for him. By the time of Fighting EX Layer, he's done the same to Hayate himself.
  • Cool Sword: Produces a katana from Hammerspace for his Kyojinsenshu Meteor Combo.
  • The Corrupter: Garuda is stated to emit a dark energy that allows him to possess others or drive them insane. He used this power to turn Hayate into his next vessel, and turn Doctrine Dark even more Ax-Crazy.
  • Spin Attack: Naturally, his command list features a ton of these.
  • Expy: He looks similar to Sodom and Bishamon.
  • Fallen Hero: He apparently used to be a hero who protected his village from demons, until he became one himself.
  • Hitodama Light: Garuda is surrounded by floating flames in his intro when faced as a boss in EX2 (Plus) because he is a demon dressed in samurai-like armor. His Soukondan super technique allows him to weaponize these flames.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: His attacks cause spikes to jut out from his body, after all.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: In addition to all of the spikes he can shoot out of his body, he's got a katana he'll occasionally pull out as well.
  • Levitating Lotus Position: Bu, Garuda's answer to the Ashura Senku, consists of this. While spinning, naturally.
  • Made of Evil
  • Magma Man: His updated look in the Fighting EX Layer trailer gives him skin made of rock and lava.
  • 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. Many of his special attacks cause large metal spikes to protrude from his body. In the Fighting EX Layer trailer, though, they appear to be swords.
  • 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

    Shirase / Bloody Hokuto
Origin: Japan
Fighting style: Mizugami-ryu Kobujutsu
Voiced by: note 

The form taken by Hokuto if the Seal of Blood within her is unleashed, which happens if she comes into contact with Kairi. Once the seal has been removed, she will let nothing stop her mission to assassinate Kairi. Originally known as Bloody Hokuto in Street Fighter EX Plus, she was renamed Shirase in Fighting EX Layer, which is revealed to be Hokuto's true given name.

    Cycloid Beta and Cycloid Gamma
Origin: Shadaloo flag 
Fighting style: Mix of various styles

A pair of Dural-like cyborgs who were programmed with the combat data of various fighters. Beta is a blue humanoid, while Gamma is an orange wireframe. 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.

  • The Blank: They both resemble generic humanoid males, with Beta being entirely blue and Gamma being an orange wireframe.
  • Ditto Fighter: The Cycloids used techniques from other characters' movesets.
  • Parts Unknown: Gamma was made as a Secret Weapon by Pullum's father for Shadaloo in order to take down a criminal organization. Beta, however, is of unknown origin.
  • The Voiceless

Debuting in Street Fighter EX2

Origin: Japan
Fighting style: Kendo
Voiced by: note 

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
  • Cool Sword
  • Counter-Attack: His Meteor Combo, Orochi Fujin, is a fairly lengthy one, ending with Hayate knocking his foe into the air at the end of his combo, pursuing them into the sky, and via performing his air throw where driving them into the ground with a sword through the stomach.
  • 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
  • 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. In Fighting EX Layer, he's revealed to have been essentially Killed Off for Real by becoming the new vessel for Garuda.
  • 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 / Sanane
Origin: Japan
Fighting style: Bojutsu
Voiced by: note 

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. In Fighting EX Layer, Hokuto erased her memory in her final act before becoming Shirase. Nanase is now Sanane, and was living a normal university life until she crossed paths with Hayate, and now she's questioning the truth of her past.

  • Badass Family: With Hokuto and Kairi.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Unlike Hokuto, who rigorously strove to perfect her martial art, Nanase only trained in her family's style of kobujutsu to keep tradition and had a habit of sneaking out and avoiding practice whenever she could. In spite of this, she's a bojutsu master.
  • Death from Above: Her Machiyoi Meteor Combo, where her pole grows in size to the point that Nanase zooms up into outer space. She then jumps down, catching fire as she achieves atmospheric re-entry. [Insert name here], meet Nanase's fist.
  • Hammerspace: It's not explained how Nanase can equip her long staff seemingly from nowhere.
  • Identical Stranger: She isn't actually Nanase, but rather a relative from a branch family of the Mizugami clan who looks exactly like her.
  • Little Miss Badass: Her older sister Hokuto is 17 when the EX series begins and there is no word on how much time passes between each game. Nanase is clearly a few years younger.
  • No Indoor Voice: Her kiais are awfully loud compared to her more restrained siblings.
  • Red Herring: Sanane is not actually Nanase, but a different girl altogether who is related to the Mizugami clan. She was implanted with all of Nanase's memories in order to keep the real one, who is actually "Hokuto", safe. And when she finds out, she is NOT happy about it.
  • Seven Is Nana
  • Sudden Name Change: Went from "Nanase" to "Sanane" in the transition to Fighting EX Layer, due to having her memory wiped by Hokuto. This isn't a coincidence.

Origin: France (?)
Fighting style: Military combat techniques
Voiced by: note 

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.

  • Navel-Deep Neckline: Downplayed with her new outfit in Fighting EX Layer, which has a plunging neckline that just barely reaches her midriff.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: One of her victory poses.
  • Nun Too Holy: Played with. Sharon's secretly an assassin, but it's implied that her day job running an Orphanage of Love is no less genuine than that of her wetwork.
  • One Last Job: By the time of Fighting EX Layer, she's retired from her life as an assassin to live peacefully with her lover, but is then blackmailed by the Secret Service to investigate a mysterious energy source.
  • Parts Unknown: She's an orphan who was raised in French monestary, but it's unknown whether she was actually born in France or not.
  • Repeat Cut: When successfully using her Meteor Combo at close range, you'll be treated to a sequence of Sharon firing her sniper rifle three times.
  • Retired Badass: She's settled down with her lover in Fighting EX Layer, but the Secret Service blackmails her to perform One Last Job.
  • She's Got Legs: Both her outfits show off her legs in different ways. Her original outfit had one pant leg cut up and held together by belts, while her Fighting EX Layer outfit gives her a dress cut up to her hips, letting her show off her new fishnet stockings and boots.
  • Stripperiffic: More so with her old outfit than with her new one, which lacks Bare Your Midriff, though it still shows plenty of leg and cleavage.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: She's Blair with the added addition of firearms.
  • Too Many Belts: In her original outfit, one of her pant legs is held together by belts, while with her new outfit, she wears a belt around her waist and a pair of pointless ones around her right leg.

Origin: Japan
Fighting style: Secret Techniques
Voiced by: note 

An anti-hero from a nameless dystopian nation. After his wife is murdered and his daughter goes missing, he decides to bring the totalitarian government responsible to justice. He has artificially enhanced his body with cyborg implants.

  • Anti-Hero: His goal of taking down a totalitarian government is certainly heroic, but he's not the goofy, kindhearted hero that Skullomania is.
  • Badass Cape: He's shown to have one in his character select artwork, but never wore it in battle until Fighting EX Layer.
  • Bootstrapped Leitmotif: "Battle of the Flame" in EX3, originally (Shin) Bison's EX2 theme.
  • Casting a Shadow: Has a notable amount of darkness-based energy attacks.
  • Cool Mask: His mask is very similar to Skullomania's, although the two aren't really connected.
  • Cyborg: His body has been enhanced with cybernetic implants.
  • Dead All Along: Implied in his EX Layer ending. It states that he died 20 years ago, but the circumstances are not elaborated on.
  • Evil Laugh: Gets a stilted one which comes across as rather unnerving.
  • Goomba Stomp: Like M. Bison's, but instead of flying off for a second attack, Shadowgeist just charges straight to the ground.
  • Ground Pound: A number of his moves.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: He's Sharon's father.
  • Moveset Clone: He shares several moves with Skullomania, albeit with far more focus on power.
  • Mighty Glacier: He's like Skullomania, but significantly beefier.
  • Revenge: He wants revenge against his totalitarian government for the deaths of his wife and daughter.
  • Spectacular Spinning: Super Death Crusher.
  • Spell My Name with an S: It's actually one word, believe it or not.
  • Sphere of Destruction: Like Skullo, Death Energy and Super Death Energy. His version, however, sucks in the opponent as well.
  • True Final Boss: Much like Kairi, this only applied to the arcade version of EX2. He'd be downgraded to a "regular" hidden challenger in EX2 Plus.

Debuting in Street Fighter EX2 Plus

Origin: England
Fighting style: Her mechanical bionic arm
Voiced by: note 

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.

  • Ambidextrous Sprite: Actually averted in the case of her mechanical arm. Unlike characters like Vega, whose claw switches hands when he switches sides on the screen, her mechanical arm is always on her right arm. Instead, her back faces the camera when she's facing the left side of the screen.
  • Big Word Shout: "GOMENASAAAIIIII!" (Who exactly she's apologizing to is unclear, though her father is a likely bet.)
  • Death or Glory Attack: To a degree, her Final Cancer Meteor Combo. Cancer explodes from overload after the attack and is unusable for the rest of the match, leaving Area without her Cancer setups and only half of her moveset.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Even at such a young age, she's said to be an even better inventor than her dad.
  • Genki Girl: Perhaps not as peppy as Pullum, but she definitely has her own credentials.
  • Girlish Pigtails
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: With a bit of blue added in for good measure.
  • Heart Symbol: Located in the middle of her top.
  • Meaningful Appearance: Wears hair-ties that look like pieces of lab equipment, appropriate given how she's a Gadgeteer Genius.
  • Parts Unknown: When she debuted, her country of origin wasn't specified. However, this was subsequently averted when all of the characters' bios were updated on the CFN site and she was listed as British, which is a suitable nationality in her case as the "crack-pot inventor" trope has been a common staple of British children's literature for years.
  • Power Fist: She wears one on her right arm.
  • Rollerblade Good: In addition to her arm, she wears a pair of high-powered rollerblades.

    Vulcano Rosso
Origin: Italy
Fighting style: Self-taught martial arts
Voiced by: note 

An Italian fighter employed by some kind of secret organization. When his girlfriend is murdered by a traitorous member, he leaves his organization to seek revenge. His special moves are named after locations in Italy (i.e: Pisa, Canossa). He returns in Fighting EX Layer, becoming a detective under the employ of Blair. She wants his help in finding her former bodyguard, Jack. However, Jack hears about Vulcano searching for him, and interprets it as the organization putting a hit out on him. In reality, Vulcano just wants to collect the money Jack owes him from their poker games.

  • Anime Hair: He has an exaggerated forelock similar to Charlie Nash or Maxi. His hair is also zebra-patterned.
  • 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).
  • Counter-Attack: Canassa note . Similar to Geese Howard's Atemi Nage, it even comes in three flavors (LK = high/anti-air, MK = mid, HK = low), with each variant able to be followed up with a combo or Super if successful.
  • 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 Rosso hoisting his opponent into the air, punching them in the gut, then delivering a series of boots to the head before 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."
  • Neck Lift: Both his regular throw and Quattro Panorama employ this in some fashion.
  • Playing Card Motifs: In Fighting EX Layer, Rosso now enters the battle with playing cards raining around him, while he holds the ace in his hand.
  • Playing with Fire: He's called "Vulcano" for a reason.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Seen during his Accelerando Super Combo. His Ponte Dei Sospiri also features this, but to a lesser extent, as Rosso quickly walks up his opponent like they're steps and stomps on their face. Repeatedly.
  • 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

Origin: Japan
Fighting style: A mix of various styles
Voiced by: note 

A secret government agent who has the special ability to learn the techniques of his opponent after gathering battle data. He has infiltrated Shadaloo to gather information on a secret weapon being developed in an underground base.

Debuting in Fighting EX Layer

    Hayate II
Origin: Japan
Fighting style: Kendo
Voiced by: note 

The descendant of the previous Hayate. After he became a new guardian deity on his village, Hayate chooses to live a normal life as a University student. In the University League, he became unbeatable because of his swordsmanship skills while using his Sports Chanbara. After defeating Sanane at the Sports Festival, Hayate finally awakens his true purpose as a guardian deity and resolves his duty to seal Garuda.

    Terry Bogard
Origin: USA

The Hero of the Fatal Fury series. Terry appears in Fighting EX Layer as a Guest Fighter.

See Fatal Fury - Terry Bogard for tropes on him

Alternative Title(s): Fighting EX Layer