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For other uses, see Hayate (disambiguation).

Hayate (ハヤテ?) is a video game character from the Street Fighter EX series, first appearing in Street Fighter EX2. He is a noble samurai attempting to follow the footsteps of his legendary missing father.



Hayate has very long brown hair and wears a white headband on his forehead.

In Street Fighter EX2, he wears a traditional Japanese attire; a light blue long Japanese vest with a white kimono shirt, underneath his shirt is a black turtleneck with a gold trim tucked into a white ribbon, purple and pale blue traditional pants, and black and gold open toed boots.

In his Shadaloo C.R.I. profile art, Hayate's appearance remains largely the same, his vest became blue, the ribbon belt is light blue and his traditional pants are dark blue.


Street Fighter EX series[]


Hayate is a Japanese swordsman from the village of Kukunochi whose father was the 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.

Hayate is notable for being the only character from the original Street Fighter EX2 not to return in the arcade version of Street Fighter EX2 Plus. He appears in the PlayStation version as a hidden character. According to the game's storyline, Hayate vanquishes the demon his father once sealed and saves the local shrine maiden, becoming the new guardian deity of Kukunoichi, which may explain this. He's also the only character in Street Fighter EX2 Plus who did not return in Street Fighter EX3.


Street Fighter EX2[]

The evil spirit that was sealed within the ancient eight-forked sword was revived. Even the village's shirne maiden, who volunteered to confront it, was not powerful enough against him. But then a lone swordsman appeared.
"Secret technique! Tsumujikagero Kyoku!!"
In no less than a minute, Hayate flicked off the evil spirit's illussionary attack with his blade and slain his enemy in half with a single cut. The village was saved. Afterward, Hayate began to repair the village of Kukunoichi together with the shrine maiden he saved and together they became guardian deities who protected the peace of the village.

Street Fighter EX2 Plus[]

The cold wind that shook Hayate's body reminded him of his youth with his father.
"If I don't do it..."
With those words left, Hayate faded into the darkness.

Other appearances[]

Fighting EX Layer[]

In Fighting EX Layer, Arika's spiritual successor to the Street Fighter EX series featuring the games' original characters, Hayate is established at being a swordsman who lived in the past. At some undisclosed period Hayate has a descendant, also named Hayate whose last name being Kamite.

Hayate sealed the resurrected Garuda inside his own body, but eventually he was consumed and became an amalgamation of the lingering grudges of powerful spirits. It is presumed that being consumed by Garuda killed Hayate, though this likely does not effect the status of the incarnation of the character from the Street Fighter series.


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Hayate fights using a katana, although he only uses it in his command normals, special moves, super moves and throws. His katana also glows in red when he uses his special attacks or his Super Combo.


Hayate appears in the Street Fighter EX 2 PLUS HK comic. There, he is based on Garuda before he wore the cursed mask.


  • His Tsumuji Kagero Kyoku Super Combo was nicknamed "UFO" by the developers.[1]
  • Though never officially stated, it is implied that Hayate and Garuda could be related, as they have some things in common. In his Street Fighter V profile, Garuda was said to have been a legendary swordsman and a hero to his village, before becoming a demon. Hayate's father was also a hero who had disappeared before Hayate was born, for unknown reasons. While Hayate seals demons, Garuda is a demon himself.
  • There are some similarities between Hayate and Kyo Kusanagi from The King of Fighters series. Both have brown hair, wear a white headband, and have antagonizing ties towards an entity based on the Yamata no Orochi. Though unlike Hayate, Kyo does not wield a weapon, has a personality and acts as one of the main protagonists of his home series. Kyo unlike Hayate, also hails from a clan based on one of the Three Sacred Treasures of Japan for added measure.
  • Hayate bears an uncanny resemblance to a character of the same name from the Dead or Alive series. It's possible that this could be the cause of his removal from the playable roster in Street Fighter EX2 Plus (as Capcom worried they might be accused of copyright infringement by Team Ninja). However, this is unconfirmed.



See also[]


Street Fighter series Playable Characters
Main Series
SF Logo Ken · Ryu
Street-fighter-ii-logo 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 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 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 IV Abel · C. Viper · El Fuerte · Gouken · Rufus · Seth
Super Hakan · Juri
Arcade Edition Oni
Ultra Decapre · Poison
SFV-Logo-R-3 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 · Luke
Street fighter 6 logo 6 Jamie · JP · Kimberly · Lily · Manon · Marisa
Year 1 A.K.I.
Year 2 Mai (Guest) · Terry (Guest)
Street Fighter The Movie Logo Arkane · Blade · F7 · Khyber · Sawada
Street-fighter-ii--the-animated-movie Cyborg
Sfexlogo 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 MSHvSF Cyber-Akuma · Dark Sakura · Mech-Zangief · Shadow
MvC Shadow Lady
SFO Shin
Street Fighter EX Characters
EX Original Akuma · Allen · Blair · Chun-Li · C. Jack · Darun · D. Dark · Guile
Hokuto · Kairi · Ken · Pullum · Ryu · Skullomania · Zangief
Plus Bloody Hokuto · Cycloid-β · Cycloid-γ · Evil Ryu · Garuda · M. Bison
Plus α Dhalsim · Sakura
EX2 Original Blanka · Hayate · Nanase · Shadowgeist · Sharon · Vega
Plus Area · Sagat · V. Rosso
EX3 Ace · Bison II
CPU Only Shin-Bison · Cycloids · Zako