- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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 fighting game character of the same name from the Dead or Alive series.
|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|