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"Ah, Sagat... It only took one fight to transform you into a sniveling coward. I had so much respect for you, but now you are a tiger with no fangs."
"I'll show you just how strong I am!

(オレ様が最強ってことを教えてやるぜ! Oresama ga saikyō tte koto o oshiete yaru ze!?)
—Adon (Street Fighter IV series)

Adon (アドン Adon?, Thai: อาดอน) is a video game character from the Street Fighter series, first appearing as a non-playable opponent in the original Street Fighter, before becoming playable in Street Fighter Alpha. He is a former pupil of Sagat, seeking to surpass his disgraced master and become the Emperor of Muay Thai.



Adon is well-built and lean with broad shoulders and a muscular back. While shorter than Sagat, he is still taller than Ryu. In the original Street Fighter, his hair was short and spiky, but in later games, it is done up in a flat-top style. His hair is always colored either orange or red, depending on the artist. His eyes are fierce, and he almost always has a conniving, wild smile on his face, reflective of his personality.

Adon wears trunks resembling his former mentor's, though the yellow stripe pattern on his trunks forms a V shape while Sagat's simply have two stripes running down the legs - and in his Shadaloo C.R.I. profile art, Adon's trunks have the word "miracle" written on its waistline. Adon also wears wraps on his hands and feet like Sagat, though his are smaller than his master's due to his smaller size. Unlike Sagat, who apparently did away with his ceremonial Muay Thai gear, Adon wears the traditional mongkhon on his forehead and pra jiad on both biceps. These articles of clothing are worn by Muay Thai fighters in the ring as both proof of ability and good-luck charms.


Adon is shown to have a large ego and is quite cocky, as well as boastful to the point of true arrogance, desiring to be seen as the "god" of Muay Thai. He also tends to belittle and look down upon most other fighters, like his former Master. Adon seeks self-aggrandization and strength above all else, and he has never demonstrated a single act of friendship, humility or kindness towards any other character throughout the series. However, in the Udon comics (more specifically Street Fighter Unlimited), he shows humility and respect towards his former master and admits that though he is skilled, he still has ways to go before achieving full mastery of his art.

Character Relationships[]


Adon became Sagat's student after Sagat became Emperor of Muay Thai. Sagat saw his old self in Adon, a fighter who never lost his fighting spirit no matter how injuries or the size of his opponent.[7] Because of Sagat, Adon instilled his philosophy that Muay Thai is the strongest martial art and strength is everything.[8] After Sagat was defeated by Ryu, Adon was furious at his former teacher was lost for being unable to uphold Muay Thai's honor, scorning him as "a tiger who has lost his fangs". From then on, Adon has distanced himself from Sagat to walk his own path of self-glory. Sagat himself finds the fact that Adon was once his student "a source of great shame".

M. Bison[]

M. Bison tries to recruit Adon during the Alpha series but Adon refuses. In Asahi Sonorama's Street Fighter II Complete File, the correlation diagram reveals that M. Bison "has stolen a kick" from Adon. It is said that M. Bison's special move "Double Knee Press" is very similar to "Jaguar Kick" in the original Street Fighter.


Because Akuma killed a Muay Thai master that Adon was supposed to fight, he seeks to defeat him to prove himself. In Alpha 3, he finds him and loses to him. Akuma doesn't kill him: due to him deeming Adon unworthy of it.



Adon was born from a poor family in Thailand. When he was five years old, his father took him to the Khmer Ruins for the first time, where many fighters challenged the Muay Thai Emperor Nuakan, his father included. None of them managed to defeat him. Adon then wished to grow stronger and one day challenge Nuakan. Some years later, a young man named Sagat managed to defeat Nuakan, and Adon was impressed with their intense battle. A few years later, Adon asked Sagat to make him his disciple.[9]

Street Fighter[]

Adon became Sagat's student after Sagat became the Emperor of Muay Thai. Adon established an unshakable position as a powerful person next to Sagat.[10] One day, while Adon was on his expedition, word began to spread on an unnamed fighter who not only defeated 20 Muay Thai practitioners but also Sagat. By the time Adon returned, Sagat was already gone.[11][12]

Street Fighter Alpha & Street Fighter Alpha 2[]

Adon would spend the next few months looking for Sagat.[13][14][15] During his journey, he'd defeat many martial artists which lead to Adon becoming more and more convinced that Muay Thai really is the strongest martial art after all.[16] Adon vows to defeat Sagat for dishonoring the name of Muay Thai and rise to the top.[17]

In Street Fighter Alpha, Adon challenges Sagat for the title of "God of Muay Thai" and defeats him. After Adon's victory, M. Bison, who was watching, tries to recruit Adon into Shadaloo. Adon rejects his offer and challenges him, but the outcome of the battle is unknown. The events of the game were effectively retconned by the sequel.

In Street Fighter Alpha 2, Adon is not mad at Ryu for defeating Sagat, but at his teacher for being unable to uphold Muay Thai's honor. He challenges Sagat for the title of "God of Muay Thai" and wins, even defacing a Buddha statue's face with his Rising Jaguar technique. A fighter kills a man who was about to challenge Adon for his title. Adon sees this as a challenge; knowing only that this mysterious fighter has red hair and wears a black gi with the symbol "Ten" on his back, Adon swears to find him and test his strength.[18]

Street Fighter Alpha 3[]

Traveling the world, Adon encounters Ken and realizes that Ken has trained in the same style as the fighter he seeks, and fights him in order to recognize this mysterious fighter by the moves Ken uses. Ken in turn recognizes Adon as Sagat's student, an identification which enrages Adon. The two fight, and Adon is victorious. Later, Rose attempts to convince him not to continue on his current path, as it will lead ultimately to destruction and ruin. Adon cannot be swayed, however, and continues on his way.

Eventually, he encounters Bison, who commends his abilities and admits that he has underestimated him. Adon rejects Bison's praise and tells him that he doesn't need him; he is searching for something else. Bison somehow knows what Adon is seeking: mastery of the Shun Goku Satsu in order to perfect the Muay Thai style. Adon is stunned, and Bison goes on to tell him that his goal is foolish; the Shun Goku Satsu is nothing when compared to his Psycho Power, which he attempts to demonstrate.

The two fight, and though Adon is technically more proficient, Bison cannot be defeated and eventually wears him down. As Bison is about to deal the finishing blow, laughing that he does not fear death, Akuma appears out of nowhere and performs the Shun Goku Satsu on him, defeating him (but not killing him, it seems) for the time being. Akuma then leaves, leaving Adon with the realization that Akuma is the fighter he is seeking. More determined than ever, Adon vows to find Akuma again and claim the power of the "Raging Demon" as his own.[19]

Super Street Fighter IV[]

Returning to his changing room after a fight, Adon hears of S.I.N.'s latest fighting tournament. Knowing that Sagat will of course be taking part, and scorning him as "a tiger who has lost his fangs" he seizes the opportunity to put Sagat "out of his misery". 

Adon and Sagat fight, with Adon emerging as the victor. Satisfied with his victory, he watches from above as a content Sagat returns home to his village, remarking that he has now "declawed and dethroned" Sagat and that he will show the world the power of Muay Thai by destroying all those who enter the ring with him. 


Street Fighter cartoon[]

Adon appears in the Street Fighter cartoon as a non-speaking fighter in the episode "The Medium is the Message".

SFA: The Animation[]

He also makes a brief cameo in Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation as one of the fighters participating in Professor Sadler's tournament. His constant boasting during the trip wins over the attention of Birdie whom he gets into an argument with. Adon is later shown fighting with Rolento in the base's arena.


Street Fighter Alpha manga[]

In this continuity, Adon works along with Shadaloo, hoping that this will give him opportunities to fight others and, in doing so, bring back the glory of Muay Thai (which he believes was lost after Ryu defeated Sagat). He is depicted as especially ruthless in this manga's storyline, and is willing to kill his opponents even after achieving clear victory.

Adon battles against Eagle, eventually winning the fight against him and murdering him. When Ryu enters the tournament, Adon lures him into a fight by threatening Chun-Li's life. As the battle between Ryu and Adon continues, Adon comes close to winning. However, the Satsui no Hado begins to corrupt Ryu, and he loses control of himself altogether. Adon is then ruthlessly defeated by Evil Ryu, and he falls to the ground, covered in blood. Evil Ryu continues to attack him and is about to finish him off with the Shun Goku Satsu, though Guy arrives before Adon can be hit with the attack. Adon angrily tells him to "get lost," but Guy simply scorns Adon's murderous actions and calls him unworthy of rebuilding Muay Thai's honor. As Evil Ryu's energy grows, an explosion of chi erupts through the area, and Chun-Li pulls Adon out of danger.

UDON comics[]

Adon makes an appearance in the UDON's comic continuity of the Street Fighter series, after Sagat lost his battle against Evil Ryu, Adon became upset, thinking that Sagat has let down the strength of Muay Thai fail. Sagat told Adon to leave him be, not wanting to be bothered that he failed the art of Muay Thai. Adon then fought against Sagat after he refused to give him the answer that he wanted, as Sagat was in deep thought, he defeats Adon with his full power, he told Adon that he has his own reason for fighting.

At some point after, he is visited by Ryu and Sakura, who was looking for Sagat to help him with a personal problem he had, Adon told him that he was no longer his student, stating that Sagat had stop caring about Muay Thai after his defeat in the previous Street Fighter tournament, and became bent on defeating Ryu. Two years later, Adon is asked to join a tournament that was hosted by Shadaloo, despite his progress in the tournament, he is eventually beaten by Chun-Li.

Later on after Shadaloo was disbanded, he enters the tournament that is being hosted by Gill, he fights off against Rufus, as his foe was badly defeated, Gill used his ki to heal Rufus as he was back to normal within minutes, Adon and all other fighters were amazed by this ability, during his next match, his foe was Sagat, he was able to defeat him, not knowing that Sagat himself was actually holding back.


In Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix, Adon appears in the background of a stage at a Chinese restaurant, where he is seen standing at the front gate watching the fight.

Adon appears in the background of a stage in Capcom Fighting Jam, where he is seen training.


Fighting style[]

Adon fights with a more dynamic and acrobatic form of Muay Thai, allowing him to deliver ranged airborne attacks effectively.


Adon's special moves are generally fast-moving strikes that are counter-able if missed, requiring players to sufficiently confuse foes before overwhelming them with speed. As a foil to Sagat, much of Adon's moves are kick-based with flashy-offense compared to Sagat's somewhat more fundamental style that focuses on the neutral game.

The Jaguar Kick is a slashing somersault kick that can be used in midair, where it is a good anti-air. The Rising Jaguar is a double knee thrust, capable of intercepting airborne attackers at a low angle and passing through projectile attacks. The Jaguar Tooth, Adon's most versatile special move, allows Adon to leap off the edge of the screen to strike his opponent; he can potentially surprise them by landing 'short' and delivering an alternate attack.

These techniques are all highly effective at countering projectile-users, and give him a slight edge against characters such as Ryu and Ken. It also provides a means of offense against characters that rely excessively on defense (known as turtling).

When using X-ISM Adon in Street Fighter Alpha 3, pressing any kick button while jumping will execute his trademark Jaguar Kick. However, this version of the Jaguar Kick is considered a normal move, and thus does not inflict chip damage.

Super/Ultra Combos[]

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  • Adon's stage in Street Fighter Alpha 3 is based on the real-life Khmer Ruins found in the northeastern part of Thailand.[citation needed]
  • In several games, Adon performs a Waikruu (ไหว้ครู - Greetings/Honoring Teachers: a Muay Thai ceremonial dance) at the start of a round. The Waikruu is a dance of respect towards the performer's teacher. While this may seems odd considering Adon's dislike for his own former mentor, Sagat. An official, complete WaiKruu ritual can also be use to pay respect towards the kingship (in case of royal match), the land, the teachers and the ancestral teacher or users who preserve the art of Muay Thai in the past. This can either be seen as Adon's mocking Sagat, or Adon simply performing a gesture of ancestral veneration in general. Given that Adon is a fanatical believer in Muay Thai superiority, the latter seems to be the most likely, Adon's history with his former mentor notwithstanding.
  • His 10th color represents his first incarnation from the first Street Fighter game.
  • Adon and Blanka share some similarities with each other: they have reddish-orange hair, they are both voiced by the same person in English (Taliesin Jaffe), and their 10th alternate colors in Super Street Fighter IV represent their former color schemes from when they first debuted (Adon first appeared in Street Fighter, and Blanka first appeared in Street Fighter II).
  • The King of Fighters character Hwa Jai shares some similarities with Adon, with both being powerful Muay Thai practitioners with arrogant and egotistic personalities. The two also wear similar gear; sporting trunks and the traditional mongkhon on their heads. Additionally, Hwa has a color-swap that is similar in color scheme to Adon's costume.
  • In the UDON comics, Adon is hinted to be close in physical age to Sagat.
  • Adon's name can have two meanings depending on the Thai naming style.
    • With the True Siamese style, Adon is not a real word but a combination of an honorific and the actual name. A (อา, pronounced as Ar) means the younger brother of the father or uncle. While Don (ดอน) means highland or any terrain free from seasonal flooding. In this naming style, the correct name for Adon would be Uncle Don.
    • With the Khmer style (adapted from Bali/Sanskrit language) however, Adon is pronounces in a single word as Adoon (อดุลย์). A (อ-) in Bali/Sanskrit is used in the exact same function as the word 'un-' or 'non-' and has the same meaning. While Doon (ดุล) is a shortened form of Dullaya (ดุลยะ) which means calculate or measurement. Thus, his name would mean Immeasurable.
  • Despite most of his moves having "Jaguar" in the name, his animal-themed costume in Ultra Street Fighter IV resembles a chameleon.

See also[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Ultra Street Fighter IV Profile Archived from The original
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Street Fighter: World Warrior Encyclopedia Hardcover
  3. from the official account of the Capcom Artwork Team
  4. 4.0 4.1 Capcom 30th Anniversary Character Encyclopedia
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 All About Street Fighter ZERO3 page 052
  6. 6.0 6.1 VHS (007) Street Fighter - Game Simulation Video GSV ストリートファイター
  7. Adon was also one of those young men who had made a name for themselves in Muay Thai and were trying to get out of the rock bottom. Opportunity came suddenly while many rivals crowded. He caught the eye of Sagat, who was watching the match. In the eyes of the young man who never lost his fighting spirit even when he was beaten and bled in the face of an opponent much larger than himself, Sagat saw his old self again.
    Sagat: “If it's this guy!”
    (アドンもまた、ムエタイで名を成し、どん底の生活から這い上がらんとする若者のひとりだった。数多くのライバルがひしめく中、チャンスは突然やってきた。試合を見ていたサガットの目に留まったのだ。自分よりはるかに大きい対戦相手を前にして、打たれ血を流しても、まったく闘志を失わないその若者の目に、サガットは昔の自分を重ねて見ていたのだった。「この男ならば!」) from All About Street Fighter ZERO page 348
  8. Sagat kept Adon at his fingertips and instilled his own techniques and philosophy into him.
    Sagat: “Adon, Muay Thai is the strongest martial art... And strength is everything!”
    (サガットはアドンを手元に置き、自らの技とその哲学をたたき込んでいった。「アドンよ、ムエタイこそ最強の格闘技・・・・・・そして強さこそがすべてだ!」) from All About Street Fighter ZERO page 348
  9. All About Street Fighter Zero 3
  10. Sagat showed overwhelming strength that was unmistakable in those words. As his teacher and as the Emperor of Muay Thai, Adon was held in great respect. Under his teaching, Adon established an unshakable position as a powerful person next to Sagat.
    (その言葉に違たがわぬ圧倒的な強さを見せるサガット。師として、またムエタイの帝王として、ただならぬ尊敬をアドンは抱いていた。そしてその教えのもと、アドンはサガットにつぐ実力者の地位をゆるぎないものにしていったのだった。) from All About Street Fighter ZERO page 348
  11. "It is rumoured among Thai fighters that there's an oriental person who already KO more than 20 opponents in one round, including the famous Muay Thai fighters. That was Ryu's secret to calling that man. If you fight against many Muay Thai fighters and continue to win, you will eventually reach Sagat's ears. If so, Sagat will come to immerse himself in Muay Thai's pride. Thinking so, Ryu was fighting every night." (名のあるムエタイの格闘家を含あ、すでに20人以上の対戦相手を、すベて1ラウンドでKOしている東洋人がいる タイの格闘家たちの間で、かれる。それがリュウの、あの男を呼び寄せる秘だった。こうしてムエタイを操る多くの格闘家と闘い、そして勝ち続ければ、自分のはいずれサガットの耳にも届くはず。そうなればきっと、ムエタイの誇りにかけて、サガットは自分を漬しにやってくる。そう考え、リ ユウは毎夜闘いに身を投じていたのだ。) from All_About_Street_Fighter_ZERO_page_351
  12. One day, unbelievable news arrives at Adon's expedition. The "Emperor" was defeated by an unnamed fighter. Why wasn't the emperor the strongest in Muay Thai! When Adon returned, Sagat was nowhere to be seen. Within Adon, the myth of the emperor began to crumble.
    (そんなある日、遠征先のアドンのもとに信じられない報せが届いた。“帝王”が名もなき格闘家に敗北したというのだ。なぜだ…… ムエタイは、帝王は最強ではなかったのか! アドンが取って返したとき、すでにサガットの姿はどこにもなかった。 アドンの中で、帝王の神話は音をたてて崩れ始めようとしていた。) from All About Street Fighter ZERO page 348
  13. There was a figure of a young man who wandered in search of a man. A young Muay Thai warrior Adon continues his journey in order to see Sagat, the man who was the Emperor and also his own teacher...
    (ここにまた、ある男を探し求め、さまよう者の姿があつた。帝王であリ自らの師でもあ った男・サガットにまみえるべく、旅を続ける若きムエタイの戦士アドンの姿が・・・・・・。) from All About Street Fighter ZERO page 348
  14. A few months later... The figure of the man who was once called the emperor, illuminated by the morning sun, was a completely different person. Its body, which had been trained twice as big, was overflowing with strength as if to show off its existence. And finally completed, "Tiger Blow", a fist with the flame of vengeance. Now that he has gained overwhelming power and a new special move, and has regained absolute confidence, the fear of the past is no longer anywhere, only hatred and anger are in his fists. In search of Ryu, Sagat's journey to regain the throne has begun... (それから数カ月…朝日に照らされた、かつて帝王と呼ばれた男の姿は、まさに別人であった。二回りも大きく鍛え上げられたその体は、自らの存在を誇示するかのように溢れんばかりのカをみなぎらせてぃた。そしてついに完成させた、復讐の炎を宿した拳〝タイガーブロウ”。圧倒的な力と新たな必殺技をその手にし、絶対の自信を取り戻した今、かつての恐怖はもはやどこにもなく、憎悪と怒りだけがその拳にはあった。リュウを求め、サガットの王座奪回の旅は始まった… ) from All About Street Fighter ZERO page 347
  15. "After a few months" (数力月後 Shù lì yuè hòu) from All About Street Fighter ZERO3 page 444
  16. During the journey in pursuit of the missing Sagat, Adon became convinced that Muay Thai was the strongest martial art after all, every time he exchanged fists with many martial artists.
    (ひとり失踪したサガットを追い求める旅の途中、多くの格闘家と拳を交える度に、やはりムエタイが最強の格闘技であることをアドンは確信していった。 ) from All About Street Fighter ZERO page 348
  17. Adon: “Sagat, your pride, I will not forgive you! Muay Thai is the strongest fist. I will defeat you who dishonored the name of Muay Thai, and I will rise to the top!”
    The young warrior, who came up with the answer himself, decided to fight against his master who would come back someday, his fighting spirit burned.
    (「サガット、貴様の慢心、俺は許さぬ! ムエタイは最強の拳 ムエタイの名を汚した貴様を倒し、俺が頂点に昇りつめる!」 自ら答えを導き出した若き戦士は、いずれ訪れるであろう師との闘いを決意し、闘志を燃やしていったのである。) from All About Street Fighter ZERO page 348
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