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"Try smiling more, just like me! Smile, and all your troubles will go floating away!"
"I'll show you my dance, you ready? (私のダンス、 見せてあげる! Watashi no dansu, misete ageru!?)"
—Elena (Street Fighter IV series)

Elena (エレナ Erena?) is a video game character from the Street Fighter series, first appearing in Street Fighter III: New Generation. She is a light hearted, nature-loving capoeira fighter from Kenya who is currently studying abroad.



Elena is uncommonly tall for a female; being 6' (183cm) tall, she is currently the tallest female in the Street Fighter series. She has dark skin, short silvery-white hair and blue eyes. She is barefoot while fighting and has long, powerful legs. Many official artworks, mainly the SFIII ones, depict her finger and toenails painted sky-blue. Her attire consists of a white two-piece bikini-like outfit with pale red, sky-blue, gold and purple bands on her neck, arms, wrists, shins, and ankles. This makes her attire the most revealing for a playable female in the Street Fighter series' history.

In her Shadaloo C.R.I. profile artwork, Elena's hair has slightly grown and is styled into a shoulder length bob. Her primary outfit remains largely the same. Her bands on her arm, leg, shin and ankles have two small bows hanging loose. She also has a gold bracelet in each sides of her wrists and ankles.

Much like Gill and his asymmetrical body, her revealing attire and the numerous colorful bands that adorn her body were likely designed by Capcom to display the graphical power of the CPS-3 board.

In her 2nd Impact ending, she was wearing a Japanese school uniform similar to Sakura's, she has this outfit as her alternate costume in Street Fighter X Tekken. In her 3rd Strike ending, she was wearing a white high-neck sleeveless shirt, red pants and black shoes. She also carries a small black bag.

In a photo of Narumi and herself during the festivities in Japan, she was seen wearing a blue traditional style kimono dress with white butterfly designs and a salmon pink obi tied on her waist, the skirt show her right leg.


Elena is a young girl with a strong, pure spirit and a cheerful "tomboy" personality similar to Sakura, Ibuki and fellow rival Makoto (though not as brash and fiery-tempered like the latter), as she is normally seen smiling or laughing sweetly. While very energetic and benevolent, she is also smart, sociable, and culture-adaptive, always eager to learn more about the world, which is part of the reason for her travels. She also has an unusual accent, which she refers to as something she got from her travels around the world in one of her win quotes in 3rd Strike. Elena is also able to hear and comprehend various rhythms as well as the voices of the wind and trees.

Elena's views of fighting and martial arts differ from most due to her light-hearted personality allowing her to befriend some people and annoy others. She is a very cheery person who looks to make friends which motivated her to join the 3rd world tournament to meet new people and hopefully make friends.

Elena is able to tell when she sees a pure evil person, seen in her win quote against M. Bison in Street Fighter X Tekken ("I don't need the wind to tell me that you are a very bad man!").


The development process of Elena started with the Street Fighter III team deciding on the country of origin before anything else. When they settled on Africa, they felt a female character would be more fitting than a male because a male fighter would end up being (stereotypically) "stern".[4] The team chose Capoeira as a fighting style because their image of African women was that they had long arms and legs. At the time where there wasn't a lot of information available on Capoeira, the team had to get the most info from travel-related videos, buying everything off the shelves without knowing if the videos have any useful info or not.[4]

Elena was also originally envisioned to use a long spear.[5]

Character Relationships[]


Elena thinks of Makoto as a friend due to their shared interest in fighting, while Makoto just thinks she is weird and can't be taken seriously.


Ryu and Elena respects each other's fighting style and have respect for each other.


Ibuki and Elena together.

In Ibuki's SFIII story mode, Elena stops to talk to Ibuki while she is on a mission.

In the non-canon comics Elena and Ibuki are positively friends, with Ibuki taking a much better initial meeting with Elena than Makoto did. It is shown that Ibuki, Makoto, and sometimes Sarai, travel together. One notable example was when they were all in Gill's island in Street Fighter Unlimited.


After Hugo defeated her, she and him became tag-team wrestling partners.


Though they didn't have a rival cutscene, Elena and Sakura are great friends; and based on her ending, it is implied Sakura was the one who guided her through Japan.

Dee Jay[]

Elena showing concern for Dee Jay.

In the Street Fighter Unlimited side series of comics Elena has shown to have started a friendship with Dee Jay of sorts. First after all the fighters arrive Elena has been shown to be dancing alongside Dee Jay near his stereo, both discussing and complementing each other's dance style. This would be later interrupted by Ibuki and Makoto (though mostly Ibuki) who asked if they could practice fighting with Dee Jay, however Dee Jay instead cranked up his radio and in turn the three girls started dancing to his "beats" and were later joined by many other in the island.

Later in the story Dee Jay is shown going one on one against Ryu, Elena is shown cheering for Dee Jay the whole time and shows great concern when Dee Jay is slammed very hard against a wall near where Elena and her own gang of friends are, both Makoto and Ibuki also showing concern for him.



Elena is a princess of an East African nation that has a cultural tradition of fighting. Her father, Jafari, is the chief of the region, and a traditional healer who also qualified in France for a doctorate degree in medicine.

Elena desires to travel around the world, meeting new friends along the way. She studied as an exchange student in Japan, where she met her best friend Narumi. She later continued those studies in France.

Ultra Street Fighter IV[]

While sparring with her brother Marcus, Elena feels unsettled by the feelings she senses from the surrounding trees. Her father Jafari, the patriarch of the tribe confirms her suspicions, claiming to have already discussed the matter with the Shaman. It has been determined that "a bringer of death" once walked amongst their people. The "seeds of sadness" this individual has proceeded to sow around the world have caused the trees to respond with "strange noises". These noises, presumably detectable by those with a strong connection to nature such as Elena and the Shaman, are implied to be the source of her disquiet.

Believing that this person is associated with the upcoming S.I.N. tournament, he then reveals that he has decided to enter her into it. Furthermore, as head of the tribe, he then commands her (amid protests from her brother) to observe the fighters and thus determine "the truth". Elena cheerfully accepts his decisions.

After the tournament, Elena informs her father that she has made many friends along the way. As she says so, she reflects on the fighters in the tournament and recalls her experiences: dancing with Blanka, sampling El Fuerte's cooking, having afternoon tea with Dudley, and taking a photo of herself with a somewhat reticent Akuma. She resolves to travel the World and become friends with people from every country. With that, she decides to head to Japan for her next trip. The last scene shows a close-up of Sakura, which may imply that she was the one who guides Elena in Japan.

Street Fighter III series[]

In her ending, Elena ends up being transferred to a high school in Japan as an exchange student, where she has befriended a young Japanese girl named Narumi and writes home to her parents about her experiences. Her story does not change much in 2nd Impact, although she has an additional role as one of Hugo's potential partners in one of his multiple endings as "Elena the Wilderness Warrior", becoming the tag team of "Beauty and the Beast".

In 3rd Strike, a year has passed since Elena has left Japan to study abroad in France during the new year. Before beginning her studies again, Elena decides to street fight once again to seek new friends. In her ending, Elena writes back to her Japanese friend Narumi after returning to France from spending her summer vacation in Japan again, and invites Narumi to visit her in Africa during her winter vacation. Elena is exploring around in France, stating that it's going to be hardworking, continuing her studies.

Crossover appearances[]

Street Fighter X Tekken[]

Elena appeared in Street Fighter X Tekken (as a DLC character in the console and PC versions and as default in the PS Vita version), making her first 3D debut. Her swap costume is Julia Chang's outfit.

A few elements of Elena's story are based on her role in the Street Fighter III: Ryu Final manga (mentioned below), including her choice of partner: Dudley.

In her story, Elena finds herself summoned to Dudley's estate — as she explains to the British boxer, she was told by a tree in his garden that the two of them must take a journey to Antarctica. While Dudley agrees to accompany the young woman, he insists that he return in time for his next title bout. Along the way, the two meet Tekken's Christie Monteiro and Lei Wulong, the former of whom Elena asks to spar with. Christie agrees, and the two men are reluctantly dragged into the fight with them.

While Dudley was less than thrilled about the journey to begin with, it turns out that Elena's cheerful demeanor helped make it a fun trip. As Pandora opens, it creates a geyser of light, reminding Elena of "flowers falling from the sky", prompting Dudley to invite her to his garden. Returning to Britain, Elena told the tree who summoned her all about the trip, and the tree seemed to be listening intently.


Street Fighter III: Ryu Final[]

Elena has a small but nevertheless important role in the Street Fighter III: Ryu Final manga. She is able to mystically communicate with Ryu via a sacred tree when Ryu was temporarily knocked out during his battle with Dudley. After speaking with Elena, Ryu is able to develop a new technique called "The Fist of the Wind" with which he defeats Dudley. She is last seen travelling in her Japanese high school uniform.

UDON comics[]

Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki[]

In the Street Fighter comic focused on Ibuki, Elena makes a transfer submission to study in Japan and is accepted, with the acceptance letter citing her exemplary school transcript and many personal references. She transfers to the same school as Ibuki, Makoto and Sarai, albeit in a lower grade than them. She introduces herself to her new school as seeking to befriend martial artists and gains immediate attention due to her unusual height and her status as a transfer student. She is directed by one of the male students towards Makoto, who takes an immediate dislike to her. However Ibuki is more accepting and eventually they are all fast friends. It is here that she also meets Narumi (who introduces herself as Naru).

Along with Makoto and Sarai, Elena watches Ibuki complete her ninja exam on Mt. Atago, and afterwards is ambushed by the Geki ninja clan. The girls fight their way out of captivity and rush to save the burning Glade of Ninjas.

Street Fighter vs. Darkstalkers[]

During the crossover, Elena arrives in the company of Charlie and Victor von Gerdenheim. She uses her spiritual abilities to heal Lord Raptor and revert him to human form, as well revert Ken to normal after he's been transformed into Violent Ken. She was also shown healing others in various different situations and was more of a combat medic of her group.

Street Fighter: The Novel[]

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Elena appears in UDON's Street Fighter: The Novel book.

Cameo appearances[]

Elena can be seen in the background of the Beach stage in Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix.

Elena can be seen in the background of the London stage in Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium 2001.

Elena can be seen in Felicia's Capcom Fighting Evolution ending.

Elena also makes an appearance in G's arcade ending in Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition.


Fighting style and abilities[]

Elena's fighting style, Capoeira, is of West African and Brazilian origin. The style utilizes her strong, long legs to execute amazing dance-like moves and fancy legwork. As such, excluding grabs, her moveset consists entirely of kicks and leg throws. She is the first Street Fighter character to use only kicks, in contrast to Dudley and Balrog (excluding his stomp in his Dirty Bull Ultra Combo and his Stomping Combo attack), who only use upper-body based attacks (e,g. punches, headbutts).

Elena is one of the two characters in the Street Fighter III games with a move that regenerates her health in the middle of a match, the other being Gill. Overall she and Gill are two of the few Street Fighter characters with this kind of ability; the only other such occurrence within the main series is in Street Fighter Alpha 3, when Juli and Juni, fighting together as an AI-controlled sub-boss team, can also heal themselves. Outside of the main series, Ace from Street Fighter EX3 has a healing super move among the moves the player can assign to him, and in the Street Fighter: The Movie game released for arcades, all characters had the ability to restore health.


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  • Elena has similar traits to Dee Jay. They are both dark-skinned, happy-go-lucky fighters who fight barefoot, using dance moves, and talk about rhythms and beats in their win quotes. They also both meet and are rather interested in each other's dance style in Unlimited.
    • Street Fighter EX character Pullum Purna also has similar traits to Elena; they are both dark-skinned females who use dance moves in their respective fighting styles.
    • Tekken character Christie Monteiro, Elena's rival in Street Fighter X Tekken, naturally has some similar traits to Elena: they both wear revealing costumes, and use Capoeira as their martial arts style (as indicated by their stance). Christie can also be customized to resemble Elena in Tekken 6.
    • She also shares character traits and interests with Darkstalkers character Felicia. Like with Dee Jay, they are both happy-go-lucky fighters who enjoy music and dancing, and both cover their modesty with small amounts of white clothing (or fur in Felicia's case).
  • Elena is the first playable character in the series whose home country is in Africa.
  • Elena is similar to T. Hawk in some ways. They were both raised in native tribes and both share an affinity for nature and animals.
  • Elena has worn the least amount of school girl outfits of the playable female characters in Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki, Makoto wears an outfit similar to Ibuki's in said comic but wears her own version in Street Fighter IV. Ibuki uses the same schoolgirl outfit in Street Fighter IV and uses a modified version of it in Street Fighter V, Elena has her similar to Sakura outfit both in the comic and Street Fighter X Tekken.
    • Elena is also the only character who appears in said comic to have a schoolgirl outfit in Street Fighter X Tekken. Ibuki doesn't have access to one, Makoto isn't in the game, and Sarai appears in a head swapped character model of Ibuki in her default outfit as a background element.
  • Samira from the Ishtar Familia in the manga/anime, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? bears a striking resemblance to Elena as her bikini bottom appear as a micro bikini and wears a native American bands in both shoulders and her left thigh instead of her colorful bands in her neck, shoulders and arms. However her fighting style is not Capoeira but taking Mikoto out with Kickboxing.
  • Makoto is the only one of Elena's battle-capable friends in the comics who hasn't lost to Ryu one on one in the same media. Ibuki lost to Ryu in the Super Combo Edition (Free Comic Day) and Dee Jay lost to Ryu in Unlimited
    • Though in Makoto's case in Universal Fight System's "Deadly Duels" Street Fighter series most of Makoto's cards that portray her attacks such as Hayate actually show her in control in her own fight against Ryu.


Stage Themes[]

See also[]


Street Fighter series Playable Characters
Main Series
SF Logo.png Ken · Ryu
Street-fighter-ii-logo.png The World Warrior Blanka · Chun-Li · Dhalsim · E. Honda · Guile · Zangief
Champion Edition Balrog · M. Bison · Sagat · Vega
Super Cammy · Dee Jay · Fei Long · T. Hawk
Super Turbo Akuma
Ultra Violent Ken
SFAlogo.png Alpha Adon · Birdie · Charlie Nash · Dan · Guy · Rose · Sodom
Alpha 2 Evil Ryu · Gen · Rolento · Sakura · Shin Akuma
Alpha 3 Cody · Juli · Juni · Karin · R. Mika
Alpha 3 Upper Eagle · Maki
Alpha 3 MAX Ingrid
Street fighter iii logo.png New Generation Alex · Dudley · Elena · Ibuki
Necro · Oro · Sean · Yang · Yun
2nd Impact Gill · Hugo · Urien
3rd Strike Makoto · Q · Remy · Twelve
Street fighter iv logo.png IV Abel · C. Viper · El Fuerte · Gouken · Rufus · Seth
Super Hakan · Juri
Arcade Edition Oni
Ultra Decapre · Poison
SFV-Logo-R-3.png V F.A.N.G · Laura · Necalli · Rashid
Season 2 Abigail · Ed · Kolin · Menat · Zeku
Season 3 Falke · G
Season 4 Kage · Lucia
Season 5 Akira · Eleven
Street Fighter The Movie Logo.png Arkane · Blade · F7 · Khyber · Sawada
Street-fighter-ii--the-animated-movie.png Cyborg
Sfexlogo.png EX Allen · Blair · C. Jack · Darun · D. Dark
Hokuto · Kairi · Pullum · Skullomania
EX Plus Bloody Hokuto · Cycloid-β · Cycloid-γ · Garuda
EX2 Hayate · Nanase · Shadowgeist · Sharon
EX2 Plus Area · V. Rosso
EX3 Ace · Bison II
Marvel vs. Capcom Logo.png MSHvSF Cyber-Akuma · Dark Sakura · Mech-Zangief · Shadow
MvC Shadow Lady
SFO.png Shin
Street Fighter III Characters
New Generation Alex · Dudley · Elena · Ibuki · Ken · Necro · Oro · Ryu · Sean · Yang · Yun
2nd Impact Akuma · Gill · Hugo · Shin Akuma · Urien
3rd Strike Chun-Li · Makoto · Q · Remy · Twelve
Street Fighter X Tekken Characters
Core Roster Abel · Akuma · Balrog · Cammy · Chun-Li · Dhalsim · Guile · Hugo · Ibuki · Juri
Ken · M. Bison · Poison · Rufus · Rolento · Ryu · Sagat · Vega · Zangief
Downloadable Blanka · Cody · Dudley · Elena · Guy · Sakura
Street Fighter IV Characters
Original Abel · Akuma · Balrog · Blanka · Chun-Li · C. Viper · Dhalsim · E. Honda
El Fuerte · Guile · Ken · M. Bison · Rufus · Ryu · Sagat · Vega · Zangief
Console Cammy · Dan · Fei Long · Gen · Gouken · Rose · Seth · Sakura
Super Adon · Cody · Dee Jay · Dudley · Guy · Hakan · Ibuki · Juri · Makoto · T. Hawk
Arcade Edition Evil Ryu · Oni · Yang · Yun
Ultra Decapre · Elena · Hugo · Poison · Rolento