- "Ibuki! On the scene! (いぶき！見参！ Ibuki! Kenzan!?)"
- —Ibuki (Street Fighter IV series)
- "I'll finish this in no time! (さっさて終わらせっちゃうよ！ Sassate wo owarasecchau yo!?)"
- —Ibuki (Street Fighter V)
Ibuki (いぶき Ibuki?) is a video game character from the Street Fighter series, first appearing in Street Fighter III: New Generation. She is a young ninja-in-training from an ancient clan who would rather live a normal life of a modern female Japanese teenager.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Character Relationships
- 3 Story
- 4 Crossover appearances
- 5 Comics
- 6 Gameplay
- 7 Subpages
- 8 Trivia
- 9 Stage Themes
- 10 Videos
- 11 See also
- 12 References
Biography[edit | edit source]
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Ibuki has a curvy, petite, yet athletic build, and her black hair, remarkably divided in three angular bangs at the front, in the back it her twin ponytails are about mid-thigh length and held back tightly in a topknot (though some other media changes this). Unlike most other female characters in the same genre, Ibuki's outfit is a more traditional type of ninja dogi, consisting of a sleeveless black upper garment, baggy pants, arm guards, and a mask that conceals the lower half of her face. Her footwear consists only of cloth bandages that are wrapped around her shins, ankles, and instep, somewhat realistically protecting her from foot related injuries. Her garments are more revealing than normal ninja ones, however.
As seen in one of her win animations in Street Fighter III, Ibuki's normal clothes consist of a white sleeveless loose shirt, blue denim pants, and gray and black sneakers. She also carries a yellow backpack. Her school uniform consist of a light blue sleeveless shirt under a white short sleeve button shirt with a red laced ribbon at the center of her collar, light blue skirt, black panties underneath, white socks, and blue and white sneakers.
Ibuki tends to have ninja themed accessories in some of her casual outfits. Her 2nd alternate in Street Fighter IV has a chain of miniaturized toy kunais and a shurikien belt buckle, and has added ninja elements to two of her uniforms and her school swimsuit. Her sporty outfit despite being one of the more realistic outfits for her based on a female track runner's outfit has Kunai printed in various parts of the outfit.
Outfits[edit | edit source]
Street Fighter IV[edit | edit source]
Default[edit | edit source]
Ibuki's default outfit is 1 piece a brown ninja outfit. She has her head wrapped in the same material as the rest of her body. She has finger-less gloves and leg wrappings in a darker brown shade. Realistically the gloves would protect Ibuki's wrists from impact when she connects when hitting her opponent and if she happened to get hit. There is a piece of the glove going through Ibuki's hand.Ibuki's ankles are also wrapped with wrapping material. This helps stabilize her legs when moving and help protect her from ankle related injuries while in battle. A common cause would be if she twist her ankle it helps prevent swelling. Aesthetically she also wears brown arm bands and the outfit goes all the way down to her ankles. She keeps her twin mid-thigh length ponytails secured in a hair band before they separate and go down well below her tailbone area naturally. Interestingly while this is one of the more realistic, practical, and less revealing outfits for the females of the series Ibuki still shows her hips to quite a degree. It was shown in her comic's "Ask Ibuki" segment she wears underwear that rides pretty high as fans were asking about if she even wears any.
Second Outfit[edit | edit source]
Ibuki's second SFIV era outfit is her school uniform. This one would later become the overall basis (with some modifications) for her default outfit in the next main series game. This style outfit while meant to provide a similar charm that Sakura's outfit gives is actually a more western version of a female high school uniform. Interesting in her comic Makoto also wore this uniform but in game Makoto's school uniform is completely different.In this outfit Ibuki wears a blue vest over a white-blue shirt. The shirt has a ribbon tied at the collar for visual effect. She wears a separate skirt that starts at her lower waist and ends in the middle of her thighs. The distance between her vest and skirt shows a degree of her undershirt. Her shirt's sleeve length ends just before her elbows leaving her arms in full view. In her arms she wears finger-less gloves similar to her default outfit but made more of a civilian friendly material and more matches the color scheme of her uniform. Ibuki wears high socks that match the color of the undershirt that is underneath her vest. Her shoes match the blue of her skirt and vest and have white shoelaces, white foot support, and white "H" patterns written among them. Ibuki also wears bike short underwear of matte black color under her skirt. As Ibuki performs split and high kicks this choice of underwear reveals very little in battle. Just as her default has a hair band to keep her long ponytails together before dividing this outfit has a similar hairband for her hair. Interestingly in some media this outfit is portrayed differently than in game. In Street Fighter Unlimited "Some Wisdom" Ibuki is shown wearing her school outfit but the vest and skirt area connect to make a one piece dress. The undershirt is shown to a much lower degree only visible in her sleeves and collar. In a certain toyline Ibuki is shown to be wearing a white 1 piece dress underneath her undershirt that ends just before her skirt ends so it isn't normally visible. In both of these instances Ibuki's underwear also differs from the outfit's game portrayal.
Third Outfit[edit | edit source]
Ibuki's third outfit actually semi debuted during the SFIII games as one of her win poses (though somewhat different). In this game Ibuki's third outfit instead of a regular shirt it is more like a cropped tank top. Her shirt ends at her lower sternum, exposing her belly and navel. She also wears some low riding jeans that start at her hips, the jeans have some noticeable wear on them. On her jeans Ibuki wears a belt (unique to this outfit only throughout her existence) of white color and has a shuriken themed belt buckle, starting a trend for Ibuki's alternates that adorn her alternate outfits ninja themed accessories. This trend has continued for every game Ibuki has appeared since.
This outfit also started another trend that stuck with Ibuki throughout her SFIV existence and extended to SFXT. In the rump of her jeans she wears a tanuki tail. Many of her outfits after this one would also have Ibuki wearing a tanuki tail in this era, though they all differ in size and appearance. This tail has the usual tanuki brown and black alternating stripes tanuki are usually portrayed to have. She also wears a red backpack. This backpack has two shiriken stitched to it for design.Unlike her previous two outfits Ibuki doesn't have any upper body protection of any kind. From her shoulders to arms she has no gloves or band, leaving the area fully exposed. For her hair Ibuki uses the same usual three front bang two back ponytails that are around mid-thigh length going down. Just like her default outfit Ibuki wears a hairband to keep her twin ponytails tied together at the base before they separate. surprisingly unlike other outfits where the band matches the color of her outfit instead this band matches the color of her default ninja outfit.
As many of Ibuki and Makoto's outfits in the SFIV era either supplement or complement each other in the sense Ibuki and Makoto have a "Tomboy and Girly Girl" friendship Ibuki being the girly girl has the more feminine "summer" outfit. The overall outfit has a orange and yellow color scheme. Ibuki wears a brown jacket that extends to her upper hips and a yellow skirt. The skirt is the shortest skirt of any Ibuki outfit and doesn't extend much beyond her jacket. The skirt is so short in fact that in many instances it shows her underwear in her idle stance.The underwear this time are dark blue panties that provide less visual protection than the bike shorts of her school uniform. This style would be done again in her future "battle outfit" for Street Fighter V. Ibuki wears on her head a tanuki styled and colored hat with ears that separates on her shoulders to go behind her back and in front of her. She also wears a backpack with the same theme and color and theme with other designs. Lastly this outfit also has a tanuki tail, however this time instead of being near her rump instead it is attached to a "fanny pack" she wears to hold further accessories. The tail is attached to one of the fanny pack's pouches. Unlike her other tail in her third outfit this one is more of a yellow-ish color scheme to fit more this this outfit. It is also "bushier" and bigger than the previous one.
Ibuki also wears gloves that protect her wrists and hands during combat when she makes contact with her opponent. These appear to be the same as her default outfit's gloves and kind of stick out from the rest of her outfit. Ibuki's sweater has 2 more pouches independent from the fanny pack's pouches that rest at the front side of her waist, one to her right and the other to her left. She wears high white socks with orange strips on the top and orange shoes, both match her jacket.Ibuki's jacket also has heart shaped buttons, this probably to further make this outfit the feminine complement to Makoto's more work related tomboy one. Interestingly Ibuki has a thigh strap in this outfit. The strap has a yellow heart strapped to it and on the opposite side of the strap Ibuki has Kunai attached. These Kunai have no effect in battle and are purely aesthetic in battle. What is notable is that this idea of Ibuki having Kunai strapped on her thigh would become a recurring trend for her alternate outfits in the next major game starting with her new default outfit. In this instance the kunai are strapped to her right thigh as opposed to her left one as they would later be.
Fifth Outfit[edit | edit source]
This set of outfits was called the "wild animal" outfit set where everyone in the cast (at the time) would receive an outfit based on an animal. The choice of animal for everyone in the cast could either be decided at random, but sometimes it is based on their animal motif, personality, and nationality. As Ibuki's own animal motif is tanuki and is based on another less known natural coloring of tanuki different from the usual brown with black spots. Interestingly this outfit also has a ninja-like feel due to the material used to make the outfit and how it covers her lower face just like her default.
Unlike her default this outfit is a 2 piece one. The top is held by two pieces that divide from her sternum that then go over her shoulders to her back. The top doesn't cover her sternum but is instead mostly covered by a black material similar to the one she wears underneath her default ninja outfit but ends near the middle of her chest, though it doesn't reveal much of her. On the side under her armpit area on each side her top has elastic holding the front and the back together that shows a little bit of her side. Her top ends at about a 1/4th length of her overall abdomen, meaning that while not midriff exposing as her 3rd outfit this one still exposes on navel while she is in battle.
Interestingly, many of her unused outfits actually have Ibuki dressed as a tanuki. So while outfits like this one being released is uncommon the idea is commonly explored.
On her head Ibuki wears a tanuki mask. It has a similar effect to the cloth mask in her default and many alternates that cover the lower part of her face. Unlike those masks Ibuki doesn't take it off at any point in battle. The mask also has painted on it two eyes and a nose, the nose being just above where Ibuki's forehead starts. In this outfit Ibuki's hips are fully covered by her pants, however unlike her other 2 piece outfits at the waist the pants actually are cut lower than her sides and back to expose her navel a little more. While her hips are fully covered these pants have slits in the front that expose the front of her thighs. Similar to her default at the legs above the ankles these pants also have a "ballooning" effectFor further tanuki themed aesthetics Ibuki's feet and hands both are covered. Her hands have gloves over them. These gloves have fur all over them and end in the fingers with huge nails similar to a Tanuki These gloves also have wrappings around her wrist that presumably extend to her hands under the gloves but not fingers as her other gloves in different outfits tend to do. Her feet have sandals that at the base of the foot have fut and similarly to the gloves end in tanuki themed nails. They are strapped to Ibuki's feet to ensure they do not get out of place. Like many of her other outfits of this era Ibuki has a tanuki tail on her rump over her pants, this tail is arguably the most in-place compared to the other ones. The tail in this outfit is even larger than the one in her previous one and keep a similar dark brown color scheme to the rest of the outfit. Interestingly this tail has a giant red ribbon tied to the base, this is the same as her pet tanuki Don-Chan.
Sixth Outfit[edit | edit source]
7th for characters who debuted before Super and 6th for those who came after, such as Ibuki herself, this series of outfits were Halloween themed where everyone in the cast received one. This outfit is ghoul-like while also catering to Ibuki's girly-girl personality in this game and also being one of the few outfits where Ibuki's occupation as a ninja, nor her love of tanuki nor her animal motif of said species is on display in any way.
The overall color scheme for this outfit is white and red. Ibuki wears a long 1 piece dress that has a white/grey appearance. The outfit covers Ibuki's whole upper body body under her head and has a "girly" appearance and pattern at the skirt. It ends at Ibuki's lower thighs. At her collar and end of skirt Ibuki has red details, and on her waist she has a red sash that is tied at her back in a ribbon. The sash is the same color as the red on her skirt and collar. Ibuki works sandals of the same red shade and has a red wrapping on her ankles that secures said sandals to her foot with the exact same red hue.
As this is a Halloween themed outfit, her dress and other details have visible wear. The dress on one side of the skirt has visible rips. On one leg she has fake claw marks that appear as if they have been slashed at by a dangerous creature. On the other leg she has it wrapped in material that has visible rips on them. Ibuki's arms also are wrapped on the same material and both have visible rips that are different for each one.
The end of Ibuki's sleeves and collar both have a frilly design. Her hand wrapping both tie to her middle finger for support but leave her fingers exposed. behind her middle finger another red ribbon is tied. Around Ibuki's neck she has a red cloth that matches the other red details of her outfit and also has a ribbon tied, this time in front. Both of her eyes are decorated differently. One eye is covered in an eyepatch where a red heart is drawn in a broken style, the other one shows no pupils similar to her future partner Rolento. The eyepatch is held in place by straps that run around her head for securing.Interestingly while keeping the same twin ponytail three bang hairstyle Ibuki is known for this outfit gives it a twist that at the time was arguably the most unique only in contention with her SFXT alternate that weaved her ponytails using even more of her own natural hair. This outfit separates her twin ponytails at the base of her head. Meaning while she still has the same overall hairstyle the ponytails are banded separately this time. Both bands are the same red shade as the red details of the outfit.
Street Fighter X Tekken[edit | edit source]
Swap[edit | edit source]
Ibuki's swap outfit is based on Yoshimitsu's Tekken 2 appearance. As the outfit was for a male it had to be modified quite a bit for Ibuki's physique, hairstyle, and personality. The most immediate difference is that while Yoshimitsu was shirtless Ibuki instead wears a black skin tight top that shows her torso definition quite well. It is very similar to how she appeared after winning in one of her poses in the SFIII games but the top is longer. Around her chest Ibuki wears some some beads that wrap around the back of her neck and her back just under her arms.
Ibuki wears a purple waist sash that also keeps her brown pants on, her pants are similar to her default outfit's but are cut lower at the hips than her default, and her top rides higher meaning this outfit is even more revealing in that area. She also wears skulls as knee pads as aesthetics that are similar to Yoshimitsu's mask. In this outfit she appears to be wearing black socks and wears sandals over them.She also wears gloves that cover her hands better but still end at her fingers. Both the gloves and her arms have purple bands similar to the brown ones of her default but bigger. She also wears around her head a purple cloth that also extends to her back, giving her a cape of sorts. In battle Ibuki also has a purple mask on. Like Yoshimitsu she also wears a massive hat (even bigger than his) that has scrolls on one side with Japanese writing but the hat has cuts in the front and back to make space for her bangs in the front of her head and her ponytails behind said head. As stated in Capcom's official description for the outfit, Ibuki attached a tanuki tail to the rump of her outfit as a reminder of her pet tanuki Don-Chan.
Alternate[edit | edit source]
Ibuki's alternate outfit is a pink kimono she modified to be a "mini kimono". Through it's cut size it allows Ibuki more free movement than if it was complete, the long shoulder cloth of traditional kimonos are held in place to not impede her shoulders and arms much by a cloth she wears at each arm to hold the kimono and rides across her back that shapes an "X".
As with traditional female Japanese Kimonos the outfit has nature symbols as patterns, mostly the skirt area. It is possible in it's original incarnation before Ibuki cut it the kimono had even more nature themed prints going down the legs. as some of the pattern seems cut. It should be noted that the outfit is not evenly cut, and gets shorter at her left hip while longer going to her right one. She has a waist sash which is traditional of females with the "hourglass shape", and fits with Ibuki being conscious of fashion. The sash also helps the colors of the Kimono with a red detail that blends in with the design and a light blue one that pops out from the rest of the outfit. Ibuki wears the same "bike shorts" of her SFIV schoolgirl outfit for underwear (albeit glossy compared to the matte black), which is fitting as they are not very revealing and allows Ibuki to comfortably and realistically perform some very high and split legged kicks such as Bonsho Kick and her close standing hard kick.
For footwear Ibuki wears sandals, they are held in place by straps that secure the sandals to her feet more snugly than traditional sandals. These sandals take the place of her traditional feet wrapping that protect said feet and legs from injury in her default outfit. Ibuki's hair is the traditional two long ponytail and three bang combo she is known for with two twist. The first one while Ibuki usually bands her hair with an object she actually keeps the base of her ponytails tied together with her own hair, her own long hair is weaved together at the base to keep the ponytails behind her head tied together before seperating. This implies that Ibuki prepared for the occasion by growing her already long hair even longer, something that fits with her "girly" personality as the hair length despite the weaving is literally the same as every other appearance.
As further tradition for females wearing a festive kimono for an occasion Ibuki also adorns her hair with two natural roses. This is just for aesthetics. Ibuki also has an "X" on her cheek while wearing this outfit, for unstated reasons. In the rump of the outfit a tanuki is printed alongside the nature patterns and print. This fits with Ibuki's animal motifs of tanuki and how Capcom often adds these aesthetics with Ibuki's alternate outfits one way or another.
Street Fighter V[edit | edit source]
Default[edit | edit source]
Ibuki for the first time has a different default outfit in SFV that combines her schoolgirl public image with her secret ninja one. It takes Ibuki's school uniform, that involves a blue skirt and a blue vest, she wears a white shirt underneath her blue vest with a dark red ribbon on the shirt for design, and shoes that match the color scheme of her clothes.Over that she has gloves that are thicker than her historical brown default and are sort of a hybrid between said outfit and her SFXT swap gloves in terms of thickness using visual ques from both. As for tradition for her default outfits she wears a mask that covers the lower half of her face. Her legs have blue wrapping and brown protective leather looking armor to presumably defend the area. Under her skirt she wears "spat" style dark blue underwear and just where her skirt ends she has visible. For her hair she has a red hairband knotting her twin ponytails just like with her historical default outfit before they divide.
Story[edit | edit source]
Ibuki's story mode outfit is a white dress. The dress is similar to, and was made to resemble, Karin's own story mode dress with it's own differences. Ibuki's dress is held by two straps that run across Ibuki's shoulders, mostly exposing them. The dress's straps end, and the actual coverage begins at Ibuki's sternum to cover her breast and lower back. The dress has a pattern under the breast just above the midriff running around the circular area and under that her dress just remains the same simple pattern and color.
Unlike many other of her outfits Ibuki doesn't have any leg, arm, or hand guards and they are all mostly exposed. This is likely as Ibuki didn't expect to be fighting while wearing the outfit, though in every scenario she wears it be it in game or during her story she is not handicapped by wearing this dress in any way. The dress's coverage ends at her thighs when she is standing straight, showing a large portion of her legs. She wears white low pump sandals that match the dress's color for footwear that wouldn't help her much for fighting mobility, though that doesn't affect her in action in any way. Her twin ponytails as usual is held together by a band tying her ponytails together at the base of her head before separating. The color of this band matches her dress and sandals.Unique to this outfit Ibuki wears a purse, a first for any of Ibuki's released outfits. The purse runs across her right shoulder and rests at the left side of her waist when Ibuki isn't using it, though the purse isn't usable or accessible while playing as her she has in at least one occasion been seen holding it with her hands and not around her shoulder in her story mode. The purse is of salmon pink color buckled and adjusted with a gold colored buckle. While the purse is a first the idea was first seen in one of Ibuki's unreleased Street Fighter X Tekken outfits where she is dressed as a tanuki and had a purse in that outfit.
Battle Outfit[edit | edit source]
Ibuki's battle outfit is a purple one piece dress, smaller than her story mode outfit. Similar to her previous SFXT alternate costume in which she wears a kimono Ibuki has nature themed patterns printed on the outfit. In this case on her chest, the skirt, and the rump of the outfit. She has a giant lighter shade of purple ribbon tied around her waist that is knotted on her back. Similar to her historical default outfit Ibuki keeps her lower legs wrapped in tight wrappings meant to help stabilize her legs in battle and help prevent injury. Her feet instead are covered by the sandals she is wearing. As is tradition for most of Ibuki's ninja themed outfits this dress exposes her hips to arguably a higher degree than even her SFXT alternate outfit even when fully covering her.
She wears cloth around her wrists that run into her hands, but instead of fully covering instead the cloth gets thinner and runs through her open palm and passes between her ring and middle finger, leaving her fingers gloveless similarly to many other of her outfits. Like her story outfit has an asthetic purse Ibuki has a lightweight sword resting on her back. Like the purse this sword Ibuki has no access to during gameplay and doesn't affect her attacks nor any other action.
Arguably the biggest standout for this outfit is Ibuki's hairstyle. For the very first time since the character was created Ibuki's hair is of a completely different style. Arguably the biggest deviation before this was in her SFXT "alternate" outfit where instead of wearing a band Ibuki's hair was weaved together at the base of her head using even more of her own natural hair. In this outfit it is allowed to be down at around armpit length. She also has hair in front of her head that rests in front of her shoulders. The hair that would be in front of her eyes is cut to allow better vision. However as Ibuki is known for having very long hair her excess hair is knotted at the side and top of her head. The bang of hair over her head has a yellow pinwheel attached to it and is then tied together by a white band and goes behind her head. She has two more bangs of hair running horizontally behind her head separately than the hair simply being let down. These two bangs then meet the bang on top of her head and all three are held by a different white band, these bangs then go down together with the rest of Ibuki's hair.A frequent comment about this specific outfit is the fact that it makes Ibuki look even younger while she is wearing it, many people owing it to her new hairstyle. This is something even Capcom themselves admitted in their website in the comments about the outfit.
Similar to her own default outfit and many other female characters in fighting games that are meant to be cute Ibuki's swimsuit is based on a school uniform one. Interestingly Ibuki's school swimsuit is actually the more modest "skirted" kind that reveals less of the wearer's hips than the "competition" version more commonly seen. This version of the swimsuit is usually (but not always) worn by younger girls in Japan during earlier school years.This outfit can also be considered an antithesis to all other swimsuits. Every female character received a swimsuit for fanservice by Capcom but Ibuki's is easily the most "covered up". As this kind of swimsuit is usually given to "cutesy" females it is usually more covered up than other swimsuits female characters get. Ibuki's however adds ninja gear covering a good portion of her legs and arms making this outfit less revealing ironically than a good amount of her other outfits and even the regular outfits of other characters male and female.
As stated this outfit is based on Strider Hiryu thus the outfit is mostly blue with red accents. The swimsuit she is wearing is blue but has a white background on her chest so her name written in black can easily be seen. Her name on her chest is actually written in Japanese which makes sense as she goes to a Japanese civilian high school. Ibuki wears gloves that match her swimsuit's blue color and covers her entire wrist and all of her hands (though it ends mid fingers) ironically making her wear one of her longest gloves in a "fanservice" outfit. Her legs are mostly concealed in protective material also the same color of her swimsuit. The material ends at her feet making her barefoot. Both her gloves and feet have red ribbons tied to them.
To further tie this outfit to Strider Ibuki wears a red mask. This mask further extends into a red cape to copy the source material even more. As with her default outfit Ibuki wears a brown strap that holds spare Kunai (though this is only aesthetic). Her hair as usual remains her twin ponytail and three bang style she is known for this time the ponytails being held together at the base by a red hair band that matches the accents, cape, and mask of the rest of the outfit.
Alternate[edit | edit source]The alternate version removes the cape. This actually started two trends for Ibuki that would follow in other outfits, the first being that similar to the tanuki tail often given to her in the previous games in this era Ibuki frequently receives capes in her outfits. These capes are often the removable part of her outfits usually removing her mask as well in other outfits. With the removal of her cape this swimsuit becomes a little more fan service friendly as it reveals her upper back and gives an unobstructed view of her hips without the cape covering.
School Outfit[edit | edit source]
Despite Ibuki's default being a ninja-ized school outfit, Ibuki has a dlc outfit that is a different kind of school outfit, and also accessorized with ninja decorations. Capcom's justification of this outfit is that it is much warmer than he default outfit would be even with the added ninja accessories, making it more useful for "training in the mountains" via Sgt Ashida in the C.R.I. and the reader would understand the difference if they wore her default compared to this outfit.
The overall color scheme of this outfit like her default one is blue, but while the default is overall brighter being white and a light blue hue this one is two different shades of dark blue with some small white details and red accessories. Ibuki wears a dark blue jacket, under this jacket she wears a similar white shirt that she wears in her default but it is much less visible due to her jacket being much longer and thicker than the light blue vest she wears over her shirt in her default but reveals a little bit of her upper sternum. She also wears a red scarf around her neck. Underneath the scarf as a substitute for the ribbon tied in front of her vest in her default she wears a crossover tie that rests on her chest.
Keeping in line with the "warm" feel to this school outfit Ibuki also is masked, however unlike her default Ibuki doesn't remove it in the right context such as after a low HP round win or her win pose. Her gloves are also thicker than her default, being made of a leather red material that is thicker than her default's and covers all of her hand and the beginning of her fingers. Her hair band this time is of brown color.
Ibuki's skirt while still being dark blue, is a different shade. Her top is almost purple-like while the skirt more approaches black. The skirt has some light bluish outlines at the end. Her skirt is shorter than her default and more exposes her thigh strap that contains her spare kunai. Similar to her SFIV schoolgirl outfit Ibuki wears "bikeshorts" underwear that matches the color of her skirt that also provides a good degree of visual protection, more than her previous SFV outfits do. Somewhat oddly her thighs aside from her left thigh that has the strap for her kunai are completely exposed, not covered in any way from potential cold the outfit is "designed" to protect from. Her upper knees and feet have high socks of matching color to the skirt. Her shoes have a strap to keep them in place. Lastly Ibuki wears a long thin cape that falls well below tailbone length.
Alternate[edit | edit source]Ibuki's hidden version of this outfit removes the cape, similarly to her swimsuit, and scarf. This more easily exposes her "scruf" that includes a free hanging flap that moves up and down as she battles. This version also reveals more of the cloth Ibuki uses to cover her face, keeping her warm similar to the scarf but arguably less effective than the scarf would be at warming the area. Everything else remains just the same as the regular caped version.
Sporty Outfit[edit | edit source]
The SFV sporty outfits were each released with occupations in mind. For Ibuki her occupation would be a track runner, thus this outfit is based on standard female track runner gear (albeit arguably a bit on the skimpy side). This outfit is easily the most revealing Ibuki has ever officially acquired, as previously her two most revealing were her SFXT alternate and her battle outfit that showed her hips to quite a degree by default. While this outfit mostly covers the area it shows the most of her skin than any other, including her swimsuit (interestingly this outfit is always mistaken for one).
Ibuki wears a form fitting top that has an overall green motif with green-bluish outlines. The shirt is sleeveless and on Ibuki's back shortens and is held up by two thin straps that run through the left and right side of her shoulders to be held up. The way her shirt is designed at the back reveals her shoulders and upper back to quite a noticeable degree. Noticeably even though this outfit is overall quite accurate it features Kunai printed throughout her clothes. On her shirt under her right shoulder is a kunai printed, another one is printed on the upper back cloth of her shirt, though it is often covered by her cape.
Ibuki's shirt also has her racing information in the front. On her chest above the breast area her name is written in white under the same color of the rest of the shirt, written in Japanese. On her mid chest in the breast area the shirt is colored yellow. Her name is written in the yellow coloring, this time in black and the yellow background helps make her name much more visible then it would be in the default green scheme out the rest of her shirt. This time her name is written in English and the individual characters are rather large. Underneath the area her shirt is instead white and houses a black "5", which is presumably her number on the field. The relation is not known of why she is number 5 nor if it is just a random choice. The shirt reveals her shoulders and arms due to no sleeves and not covering as much going over her chest (though her chest is fully covered). Under her chest the shirt ends, revealing her midriff much more than any outfit before and also showing her navel in battle.
Ibuki wears accessories in this outfit. Her left arm houses a simple wrist band, her right one actually houses a much more interesting fit bit. Ibuki usually doesn't have electronics associated with her aside from her cell phone that appears frequently in her media and cut scenes. Her fit bit, while not noticeable in regular gameplay, actually has some details on it. The time is always "2:50 PM" and this doesn't change with the stage chosen nor time in real life. The stage chosen part is rather interesting by itself as most stages have a time associated with it, making this detail a contradiction.
Like her swimsuit and school outfit she wears a cape and mask combo. The cape has it's own blue and blue green combo that also features white. The cape has cuts at the end to give the end "flaps" that move individually from the cape itself. Her mask extends to her shoulders covering areas that her shirt doesn't by default. The cape ends at the end of her thighs when she is standing upright.
Her shorts follow a similar color scheme to her shirt before the identification is shown. Her shorts are rather short and hug her figure. In the front and rump of the shorts a white stripe with a green-bluish transition between the green and white runs across. The shirts are not as low as the front and back on the hips and reveals a bit of the area, though not as much as her ninja outfits. On her hips on the cloth kunai are printed just like her shorts. While covering her hips more than her ninja outfits the outfit doesn't cover her backside 100%, leaving some exposed at the back. Her legs are fully exposed with no protection until her ankles where she wears short socks and her shoes over them.
Interestingly, these shoes have quite a degree of detail. Her shoes have kunai printed on them across the side. They inverse the main color scheme of her shirt and skirt with a green-bluish color scheme and the main green color making the details. Underneath the shoes has quite a degree of dirt which is fitting due to their purpose and Ibuki's outfit (though no other part has dirt). The bottom of the shoes (especially the front part) are made specifically for gripping the ground Ibuki is standing on. This would help give her more traction and control of her step when sprinting while at the same time helping prevent injury.
Alternate[edit | edit source]The alternate version removes both Ibuki's mask and cape. As she is missing the cape more of her upper back and shoulders are exposed in this outfit. This is the first alternate outfit that removes both the cape and mask as all the previous ones would only remove her cape. As Ibuki is missing two major accessories this is technically Ibuki's most revealing outfit in any game. Although like the base version while looking bikini-like it is still a standard issue female track runner outfit (still arguably on the skimpy side like the default).
Personality[edit | edit source]
Likely in the wake of the era which Street Fighter III debuted in, specifically that of the 1990s and the Lost Decade era of Japan, Ibuki comes to represent the youth generation gap within Japanese society, a tomboyish teenage ninja divided between traditional Japanese devotion to duty and the rise of a global liberated and outgoing youth culture in the wake of the rise of modern Information Age infrastructure. Even though Ibuki is a well-trained ninja, she displays traits typical a normal teenage girl in modern day society, stating on several occasions that she finds her ninja garments ugly and her daily training strange, while focusing more on enjoying life and being baffled at those who devote themselves to what they do. Despite this, she performs her role out of at least respect and to hopefully leave the way of the ninja peacefully in hopes of having a normal life. In turn, while she is with a sense of duty and responsibility and with striving determination for her own future, she comes across as somewhat shallow, vapid, and youthfully ignorant, with plenty of people noting she lacks focus as a ninja stemming from her not taking her role seriously, and with her not respecting at full what she was born into, the ways of the ninja included.
She has a typical interest in boys; in several of her win quotes in Super Street Fighter IV, she evaluates her opponents based on their looks, behavior, and clothing, as well as their fighting performance. She regards Guy in particular as quite a hunk, though she also complains about his non-traditional ninja garb. She has also shown slight interest in others like Blanka and Fei Long. Ibuki is also very conscious about her weight, as mentioned in her Street Fighter × Tekken win quote against Bob and her Arcade mode ending in Street Fighter V.
Ibuki seems to be well in touch with modern pop culture and self awareness. In Street Fighter × Tekken her winning quotes against some characters, especially those who come from Tekken, seem to reference memes or even her own faults. She references "Ninjas vs. Pirates" when defeating Jack-X, hints at Naruto when she defeats Lili, referencing hairstyles when defeating Paul Phoenix, and lastly references her own low stamina when defeating Marshall Law. Most recently keeping with the trend with sport outfits, with Sgt. Ashida from the Shadaloo C.R.I. commenting on this. Ibuki also seems to be familiar with live streaming, as her reaction when defeating G has her more surprised she wasn't told their fight was being streamed rather than the fact that it was streamed itself.
In Street Fighter V, Ibuki seems to take her ninja training more seriously (although her mirror match quote suggests she still finds it irksome), but still makes mistakes (such as almost falling off a cliff while talking on her cellphone, for example) and has many moments of not using her head. She is also glad to return home when her story mode is completed. She also seems to have a little bit more maturity and battle sense than her SF4 era self, as she can call out some characters like Sagat, although she still usually has her own bubbly win quotes. Her win quote against Kage displays some more serious and relatable insight to her outlook on her life, hoping to find a new path as a ninja than the more fatalistic traditions of being devoted living and dying by their ways that ninja are attributed to.
Noticeably in V, Ibuki has become less cutesy and smiles significantly less in battle. In IV Ibuki would smile during her regular stance and most attacks such as Neckbreaker and Yoroitoshi, however in V she only smiles during her taunt and Idle Pose. This is most notable in attacks she has in both IV and V. Most of Ibuki's smiling and looking bubbly facial expressions have been replaced with her looking more serious and determined during her attacks.
In the Street Fighter III series, Alex is the only "boy" Ibuki has shown anything resembling a hint of attraction to; however, though she calls him a "macho stud" in a win quote, she is mainly expressing her disappointment in his loss of "power instinct".
In-universe, it seems she is not taken too seriously as a fighter (although not to the extent of Dan). Many characters tend to mention how she lacks some attributes. Characters like Chun-Li and Ken saying she needs to focus more, Kolin talks about how not worth remembering her fights are with her, Balrog not taking her seriously pre and post fight, and Kazuya Mishima straight up telling her that she is the worst ninja he has ever faced. The only characters who do not verbally accost her are characters who are among the nicer end like Menat, or pre-established friends like Elena and Karin. One of the most notable might be Seth, who in both his appearances considers nothing of Ibuki's moveset to be useful.
Character Relationships[edit | edit source]
Ibuki seems to have begun a friendship with Sakura, based on their rival match in SSFIV and their similar background as high school fighters interested in boys (or at least a particular boy, in Sakura's case). Also, when Ibuki defeats Sakura in a round with a Super Combo Finish, she says "We should totally hang out sometime!", with her match victory quote saying "I never meet anyone cool at my school". In Street Fighter V, they are seen having a conversation via their cellphones. It is through Sakura that she became acquainted with Karin. Based on their win quotes, it seems they both are quite familiar with each other with Sakura telling Ibuki that Sakura doesn't know of any boys for Ibuki to see and Ibuki's win quote against Sakura, she asks her if she wants to go out and get something to eat.
Ibuki was given the mission in having to fight and battle against Oro as her final task as a ninja. While she was unable to defeat him, she is one of the few to wound him. He even thought she would ask him out on a date. In Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki, it is shown that Ibuki had learned both her Raida and Yoroitoshi attacks during their battle against each other. Though this is non-canon and Ibuki has these skills as early as Street Fighter IV in the main games, which pre-date the III series.
When Sakura calls Ibuki to fill in for the event Karin is hosting, Ibuki accepts. Ibuki heads to the Kanzuki Estate and after brawling with Birdie, meets Karin. Karin politely greets Ibuki and challenges her to a match. Afterwards, Ibuki watches a match between two teams composed of R. Mika and Zangief taking on Laura and Alex. During the match, Karin's screen goes out. Ibuki helps Karin as she angrily leaves, with the latter eventually hiring Ibuki in due time. The next day, Ibuki and R. Mika go with Karin to the Shadaloo base. After defeating Balrog, they give Karin a chess piece which is connected with Shadaloo's latest plan of world domination, interestingly, Karin specifically told Ibuki she can get into the escape helicopter when t arrived after being attacked buy Abel, implying Karin both cares for Ibuki and has a high degree for Ibuki's rather easily startled personality. Ibuki was last seen with Karin waiting for Ryu, Chun-Li, and Guile to come out of the Shadaloo base.Karin and Ibuki both also had a battle in Street Fighter Unlimited sidestory "Some Wisdom". However this was Ibuki interacting with the younger Alpha Karin who wanted to fight Ibuki and is non canon. Karin treated Ibuki in a similar way she would treat Sakura in Alpha, which kind of reverses their roles in SFV where Karin is the calm and collected one and Ibuki reacts to everything more easily.
Though they never fought, R. Mika and Ibuki usually argue when they see each other, as seen in the latter's character story. R. Mika consider Ibuki to be rude for not listening to her "wonderful" speech about "muscle spirit". On the other hand, Ibuki considers R. Mika to be bossy because what she says is demanding and boring. In SFV, they seem to have developed a sister-like bonding with R. Mika treating Ibuki as a younger sister of sorts. When Ibuki saves R. Mika from an attacking soldier, R. Mika steps in front of Ibuki without hesitation to take the full brunt of the hit. Whenever Ibuki sees R. Mika bragging about how awesome Zangief is, she thinks that it is gross, despite the fact that Ibuki herself often seeks romance.In Ibuki's own Arcade Mode ending in the SFV route sees her go on a hot dog contest against R. Mika and Birdie for some unstated reason, though for even more unstated reasons Ibuki throws one of her Kunai at Birdie to knock him out. It is implied throughout she is concerned about her weight throughout.
In Street Fighter X Tekken, Ibuki does not get along well with Rolento due to his constant orders, which she follows reluctantly, and the military titles he bestows on her during their story. Rolento also seems to be one of the few people she was not previously acquainted with who does not has a low opinion of her fighting skill, as even in Street Fighter IV, both of their win quotes against each other still suggest the possibility of Ibuki joining his army due to her skills.
The two seem to be rivals of sorts. In Pocket Fighter, Ibuki refers to Guy as being from "a rival ninja clan". In her win quotes against Guy, Ibuki displays fondness to Guy but complains about his looks, telling that his outfit does not look like that of a ninja.In Super Street Fighter IV they both appear together in a promotional trailer.
When Ibuki first meets Zeku in his younger form, she found him to be handsome. He offers her a chance to join his group. After fighting Zeku, he shows his elderly form, much to Ibuki's disappointment, and she turns down his offer.In Zeku's arcade ending he defeats Karin and she agrees to join his new ninja group along with some of her employs, Ibuki included. It is shown that Birdie and Karin have both become ninjas with weapons, while Ibuki was already a ninja and her weapon still remained a Kunai. It is currently unknown how this allegiance affects her standing with the Glade of Ninjas.
Ibuki's relationship with Birdie is a little hard to pinpoint. They had a rather hostile first meeting, with Birdie attacking her due to her coming in a suspicious manner. After their fight, Ibuki seemed not to take lightly when Birdie commented that "someone like her" does not get invited to Karin's party.
During the events of A Shadow Falls, Ibuki and Birdie seem to be able to at least work together in a professional workplace. In their scenes together, they are shown to be at least highly tolerant of each other, Ibuki herself seeming more irritated that she found the party boring rather than having to be with Birdie, and both being with each other in Karin's helicopter. It should be noted that only Ibuki and Birdie found the concept of being ninjas for Zeku ridiculous in his Arcade ending.Both of their win quotes against each other still suggest animosity, with Ibuki telling him to work on his table manners due to the way that he eats (which is ironic in a way as Ibuki's own skill is said to be big eater), and Birdie commenting his intention to tie her up for seemingly no reason. Though in Biride's win quote against Zeku, he says that Ibuki has shown him some of her ninja gear (specifically her field rations, which he doesn't like), something that she rarely does based on her win quotes against other characters.
While in the main games Makoto and Ibuki both have had limited interaction, they tend to have more interaction in the non-canonical side media. In Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki Both become friends and Makoto helps Ibuki fight off the evil Geki clan. In Street Fighter Unlimited both girls tend to hang out frequently with Elena. It is possible that Ibuki is closer to Makoto than Elena as only Makoto is shown helping an injured Ibuki get out of the ring after Ibuki and Ryu's fight. It is consistently shown that Ibuki is willing to tease Makoto for her less sociable skills, such as when Makoto initially is too shy to dance to Dee Jay's song and only joining in after being called a "wall flower", likewise Makoto tends to commonly point out Ibuki's faults, such as when Ibuki couldn't hit Elena or when Ibuki fell for the Subaru University trick mostly because of a "Cute Boy"
Similarly to Makoto, most of Ibuki's interaction with Elena comes from side media. In the games their only one on one interaction is in Second Impact where in their rival battles Ibuki comments on Elena's long legs.In the comics, although are non-canon, Elena seems to be an older sister figure to Ibuki, helping her train and giving her moral support. This was most evident when Ibuki was feeling sad after finding out she had to defeat Oro one on one. Elena also tries to keep Makoto from taking her criticism of Ibuki's faults too far. Elena also seems to be very tolerant of Ibuki's playful antics. While Makoto doesn't take kindly to Ibuki's ninja antics Elena is shown to not get angry at antics like the "Stealfie" (Ibuki appearing out of nowhere to take a selfie while the person she also has in frame has no time to react).
As shown in Street Fighter III era supplemental non-canon story "Case Closed" Q interfered in a retrieval job assigned to Ibuki. Ibuki was assigned to retrieve a briefcase with potential (yet unnamed) sensitive information, and Q was able to run away with the briefcase after Ibuki accidentally broke the handcuff holding the briefcase and carrier together with a Kasumi Suzaku Kunai.Afterwards Ibuki's Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) was lowered by the Glade of Ninjas and she was also assigned to recover the briefcase's contents by the Glade.
Story[edit | edit source]
Background[edit | edit source]
Ibuki is a young girl from Japan who lives in a village entirely composed of ninjas, hidden from society's watchful eyes, where she has trained in the deadly art of ninjutsu since childhood. After doing the same routine everyday and attending a school for ninjas, she wishes to live like a normal schoolgirl. Her best friend is her classmate, Sarai. Ibuki also has a pet tanuki named Don, who is often referred to as "Don-Chan".
Ibuki sneaks away from her clan's summer training camp to compete in S.I.N's tournament, in order to meet cool and handsome guys. When the tournament is over, she realizes that she is going to be late for camp and attempts to sneak back in as if nothing had happened. However, she is caught by one of the camp's instructors.
On October 2015, a datamining of Street Fighter V's PC beta test revealed fighter data and character meshes of Ibuki, Dhalsim, Juri, Urien, Alex, Guile and Balrog. Ibuki and the rest of the characters (except for Dhalsim, who was confirmed earlier as a default fighter) were confirmed on December 5th, 2015 at the PlayStation Experience.
On May 29th, 2016, Ibuki's official trailer was released.
Prologue - 'The World Is My Oyster!'In her character story, Ibuki has finally finished her ninja assignment and receives a call from Sakura, whom she met and befriended in Super Street Fighter IV. She informs Ibuki of a party invitation sent from her rival, Karin Kanzuki. Ibuki replies that she hasn't read it yet, because she almost fell through a roof while she was getting home to the ninja village, so Sakura tells her to travel to the Kanzuki Estate by plane. Before hanging up, Sakura tells Ibuki that she can't come due to a scheduling conflict. Ibuki reflects on what she should wear to the party and how she's never met Karin before.
After arriving at the Kanzuki Estate, Ibuki is excited to get to the party. However, she is ambushed by Birdie and forced to fight him. After defeating Birdie, Ibuki tells him that she also has an invitation to the party. Karin intervenes and scolds Birdie for his rudeness to her guest. Karin and Ibuki introduce themselves, and both have heard of the other from Sakura's stories. Karin then engages Ibuki in a fight, telling her this will be her introduction. After the fight, Karin informs Ibuki that she is interested in working with Ibuki's ninja clan, and that she had invited her as per the clan's recommendation. Karin states that the contract has already been approved by the Glade of Ninjas, and while Ibuki initially refuses to sign it, she is enticed by Karin's promise that her parties always attract handsome men.
Other story appearances:[edit | edit source]
Ibuki appears in the end of R. Mika's character story, in which she rejects R. Mika's offer of "muscle training", stating that she can't learn anything from someone who is overly passionate and bossy. This angers R. Mika, who asks if she had listened to anything she said; Ibuki responds by saying she was shouting too much so she tuned her out. Mika says Ibuki is arrogant, and Ibuki refutes this by saying she has worked with the Kanzuki family for longer than Mika. The argument between the two continues as the story ends. Part of this interaction also appears on Ibuki's own story mode.
In Abigail's character story, Ibuki encounters Abigail and mistakes his car noises for a fart. She is so disgusted that she fights Abigail, though Abigail wins, referring to Ibuki as a "Compact car with a little tank"(which could be a reference to her status as a smaller fighter with low health throughout her SF existence).
In Zeku's character story, Ibuki meets Zeku, in his younger form, who is promoting the arts of Bushinryu. Ibuki mistakes Zeku for a salesman, but Zeku corrects her and offers her a chance to to join his group. After being defeated by Zeku, he shows his present form as an elderly ninja, much to Ibuki's disappointment. She turns down his offer. In Zeku's story mode it is shown that she joins his new ninja group, presumably due to her working for Karin who is now working for Zeku. It appears her weapon of choice remains the Kunai but she and Birdie find the situation ridiculous.
Ibuki appears as part of a picture in E. Honda's story mode with alongside other SFV female characters in his spa. She is drinking something alongside R. Mika in this image wearing a towel like the rest of the female characters in the image.
Ibuki is seen at the Kanzuki Estate with Birdie, watching a tag team match between Zangief and R. Mika against Alex and Laura. The screen suddenly shuts off, a result of the electromagnetic pulse caused by Shadaloo's Black Moons. Karin decides to travel to New York to find out who is responsible for the activation of the Black Moons, and Ibuki goes with her.
After returning to the Kanzuki Estate, Ibuki is seen having an argument with R. Mika, while Karin and Cammy discuss the plan to stop Shadaloo. The estate is suddenly attacked by Shadaloo agents, among them Decapre and Marz. After defeating them, Karin threatens Ibuki and Mika with the same punishment unless they stop fighting.
During the first infiltration of the Shadaloo base, Ibuki and R. Mika continue to argue, until they are confronted by Balrog and Ed, who managed to get one of the chess pieces that control the Black Moons from Zangief. Ibuki is the first to fight Balrog, her ninjutsu skills are not sufficient to beat him. Mika then engages him, but she also fails. The two then team up and succeed in overpowering him. Ed tries to use his Psycho Power to stop them, and Ibuki uses a smoke bomb to distract both of them. She and Mika take the chess piece and escape, finally being reunited with Karin and her butler, Shibasaki. Karin takes the chess piece and goes on ahead, while Ibuki and R. Mika wait for the rescue helicopter to arrive. Karin returns with Chun-Li, and both are being chased by Abel, who has been brainwashed by Bison's Psycho Power. Zangief appears and knocks Abel out with a Spinning Piledriver, then proudly flexes his muscles. Ibuki is disgusted, yet Mika is amazed.
In the final assault against Shadaloo, Ibuki is hesitant about jumping out of a helicopter, as she is afraid of heights. Nevertheless, Dhalsim pushes her out. During the mission, Ibuki and Mika fight off Shadaloo soldiers, and they watch Zangief's fight against Satsuki. Ibuki becomes worried and tells Zangief to watch out for Satsuki's sword, but to her surprise, the blade shatters when it hits Zangief's muscles. Ibuki is last seen with the other fighters, watching Shadaloo's destruction.
Street Fighter III series[edit | edit source]
Later in 2nd Impact, Ibuki was sent by her clan to procure documents from Gill's organization. These documents concern the "G-File" project, which was responsible for creating Necro (before he ran away from the organization) and Twelve. Gill voluntarily gave Ibuki the documents after she defeated him, though the project was already underway by that point.
In her ending, Ibuki and Don are laying on the grass, the former thinks about the time she was given the G-Files by Gill. Ibuki suddenly sense someone's presence and throws her kunais at the person, who turns out to be just Sarai, who blocks it with her school bag. Sarai scolds Ibuki for ruining her school bag, Ibuki apologizes.
In 3rd Strike, Ibuki tracks down Oro to fight him for her ninja graduation exam. She fights well enough to pass, and moves on to go to a university.
In her ending, Ibuki is excited to make it in Sarusuberi University after a lifetime of training. She explores the campuses, meeting new friends as well as the cool upperclassman in college who convinces her to join his club. However, much to her dismay, the club that she joins turns out to be a hard and dangerous ninja training club. The upperclassman holds her at kunai-point as he warns Ibuki about her carelessness and laughs at her "love and excitement" of studying Ninjutsu, much to Ibuki's disappointment.
Crossover appearances[edit | edit source]
Ibuki appeared as a playable character in Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix (also known as Pocket Fighter). Ibuki decides to leave her village for a while, and quietly departs for a trip to a big city, and along the way, she challenges Sakura for the knowledge of the closest ice cream shop. After learning the location of the closest ice cream shop from Sakura after their battle, Ibuki while musing happily about what she wanted to get next, she spots Guy, thinking that he is a spy from another clan, and declares a challenge from him. Guy then tells her to calm down for a second, and gives Ibuki a baked potato. While Ibuki is distracted by the baked potato, Guy tells her that he has errands to run for his master and sneaks away, as Ibuki had now forgotten what she was going to do.
Ibuki appeared as a playable character in Street Fighter X Tekken where she is partnered with Rolento, who had sent a request to her village for someone skilled in fighting and infiltration in his search for the Pandora artifact. Due to Rolento's constant orders which she follows reluctantly, Ibuki does not particularly get along well with her new partner, despite the military titles he bestows on her as their story progresses. It is later revealed that Rolento was able to extend his contract to have Ibuki work for him without her knowing about it.
The Swap Costume of Tekken character Asuka Kazama is based on Ibuki's design. The in game explanation is that Asuka decided to learn how to be a ninja and Ibuki became her teacher, which, is a contradiction of sorts considering Asuka's win quote against Ibuki herself.
The outfit itself is a more revealing version of Ibuki's default, exposing Asuka's midriff as well as a top portion of her breast. Like Ibuki's version Asuka's also shows it's wearer's hips (though to a less degree than Ibuki's). Asuka has much longer bands than Ibuki on her arms and similar glove style. Asuka's bottoms of her ninja out cut out earlier than Ibuki's and has banding similar to her arms with her ankles wrapped up for protection just like Ibuki's. Asuka's color scheme is much brighter with a blue main focus (mirroring her own default outfit scheme) compared to Ibuki's clay brown, though this would make Asuka's outfit much less practical for actual missions compared to Ibuki's. Lastly, Asuka's forehead is wrapped up, possibly to imitate Ibuki's hairstyle, which isn't that long around her head, and Asuka wears a mask similar to Ibuki. Asuka doesn't remove this mask during any time she is wearing it, while Ibuki removes hers during some actions.
An unused outfit for Yoshimitsu shows that his originally planned swap partner was meant to be Ibuki. He has two outfits based on her that were not put into the game. The first has Yoshimitsu wearing a similar brown ninja outfit to Ibuki. He wears a black bodysuit underneath as to cover up the areas Ibuki normally shows in her outfit such as her hips. Instead of being barefoot in one he wears sandals and extra footwear and has a tanuki tail as how Ibuki tends to accessorize some of her outfits. Yoshimitsu wears a mask as he usually does and dons a similar hairstyle to Ibuki albeit shorter.
The second version sees Yoshimitsu wearing shoulder armor (something Ibuki herself is opposed to judging by one of her character titles "Armor Is For Wimps") a unique mask and red hair that doesn't resemble Ibuki's. He wears a white bodysuit with red accents that also show in the open hip slits of the outfit. He also wears footwear in this version.
Comics[edit | edit source]
UDON Entertainment released a four-volume mini-series based on Ibuki and her storyline in Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, where she is rivals with Makoto. Each volume was also collected into a single book for UDON's Street Fighter Legends series. She appears in volume 3 of this series, preceded by Chun-Li and Sakura.
Street Fighter Super Combo Special[edit | edit source]
After C. Viper defeated Guile in an earlier battle, she is seen in a forest saying that she (Viper) has lost track of her opponent. Her opponent turns out to be Ibuki after the ninja throws a Kunai that disables most of Viper's more advanced weaponry. During the battle Viper is having trouble locating her more nimble opponent and almost strikes Don-chan, who Ibuki used as a distraction to strike Viper from behind. After Ibuki proclaims that "ninjas get to use every dirty trick in the book" she teases cutting Viper from point blank range with her Kunai but instead proceeds to cut off Viper's ponytail, somewhat ironically mentioning how ponytails are a liability and she should cut her own before leaving for her next battle.
Ibuki's next battle is against the more experienced Ryu. Ibuki states that she hasn't been able to get a hit on Ryu and all she has been able to do is avoid his attacks (though the same could be said for Ryu at this point). Ryu does a Hadouken that was meant to miss but open Ibuki for a kick to the head. After Ibuki is knocked out and helped out of the ring by Makoto Ryu proclaims that he doesn't usually use Hadouken against a young fighter but he couldn't find a way to hit her otherwise. The comic ends after Ken in the same ring challenges Ryu in a battle that the winner is not shown.
Ibuki appears in volume 3 and 7 of Street Fighter Unlimited. Her appearances are mostly inconsequential and more for comedy and entertainment. She appears on Gill's island with Elena and Makoto as they both fight against Gill to foil his plains of world domination with many other fighters.
Some Wisdom[edit | edit source]
Ibuki appears in the Street Fighter Unlimited issue three side story titled "Some Wisdom". Karin Kanzuki wants to prove her family's fighting style and skill against Ibuki because of the latter's upbringing in the Glade of Ninjas. Ibuki explains to the determined Kain that a single fight would not prove anything in terms of who is overall superior combatant and admits Karin is probably the superior fighter.
Their fight goes into traffic with both girls jumping on car roof tops, even on one situation going inside cars through their open windows. The fight ends after Karin heeds Ibuki's words and suggest that the best way to root out any possibility of luck is for them to fight an absurd number of times in a row, much to Ibuki's annoyance, ending the mini series.
Street Fighter Unlimited Volume #7[edit | edit source]
In volume number seven Elena is shown battling Dee Jay, while they both engaging in dialog about their dancing styles Ibuki jumped on Elena's back for a "Stealfie", a ninja selfie. Ibuki and Makoto ask Elena if they could also battle Dee Jay, Elena agrees but looks a little visibly disappointed. In this scene Ibuki is wearing a re-colored version of her Street Fighter IV casual outfit rather than her usual ninja garb or her schoolgirl outfit in "Some Wisdom"
Dee Jay then proclaims "fighting?, I won't have none of that" and instead sets up speakers and plays music, Elena and Ibuki both start dancing immediately while Makoto initially refuses until she is called a "wall flower" by Ibuki. Later Yun and Yang are seen passing by and Ibuki challenges them by calling them "Double Dragons" and telling them to show everyone their dance moves. They are eventually joined by other characters such as Zangief, Rufus, Karin, and E. Honda.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Fighting style[edit | edit source]
As a ninja, Ibuki is skilled in ninjutsu; specifically its curriculum of martial arts. Unlike Guy, her style emphasizes a more traditional depiction, like that of ninjutsu found in the regions of Iga and Koga, utilizing kicks, grabs, speed, agility and accuracy for an aggressive and deadly approach. Somewhat interestingly, Ibuki is the only playable character who uses pure ninjutsu (as others such as Vega use only elements of the art).
Ibuki has many mobility options and pre-SFV had many anti projectile options like EX Neckbreaker. She tends to have many multi hitting attacks. While she generally does below average damage a player with good execution can do multiple 1 frame in a combo to match most of the cast. Her Raida tends to have unique properties, being immune to command throws in the IV series, being the only 2 frame non super special in Street Fighter X Tekken, and having anti back technical mechanics of command grabs despite it's hitbox being classified as a strike.
As a tradeoff for her advantages she has been a rather frail character throughout her Street Fighter existance. She is usually around the 900 HP mark, 100 less than average.
Moveset[edit | edit source]
Ibuki's fighting style is characterized by her speed and agility. Several of her special moves are useful in both closing distance and evading her foe and/or their attacks: her Hien, for example, is capable of letting her jump over most projectiles while following up with a vaulting kick, and her Kasumi Gake can allow her to pass through opponents entirely, giving her the potential to set up confusing cross-ups (or the potential to just confuse in general). While she may not be as strong as other characters, Ibuki's attacks hit fast, and like other characters from the Street Fighter III series, she possesses Target Combos which allow her to chain several normal moves in less than seconds.
These combos are really not easy to perform though, especially her punch combos, where she has very low range in. Her speed and agility also often can be rather confusing for the one who actually plays her. Some of her special moves like the Tsuijigoe basically do no damage alone and put the player into situations where she becomes extremely vulnerable, and these moves have very similar input commands as some of her others, but are only good for totally different situations. Other specials also require good timing and aiming to actually hit something, instead of attacks which just go straight forward. This means to play effectively with her, the player really must be able to play very controlled and have very good reflexes, otherwise the player won't have much success with her.
In Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix, Ibuki retains all of her Street Fighter III moves and some of her special attacks like the Kunai and her Kasumi Suzaku Super Combo when she diguises as Rolento. Her unique special attack is when she smacks her opponent in two kicks. She has the most disguise forms than the rest of the characters with a total of seven disguises (Eg. Kendo student, a Japanese marker where she could paint the opponent in black, a Bushido, Traditional Japanese singer, a Japanese magician to make a tornado spin on her opponents, a penguin suit and cosplaying as Rolento). One of her Mighty Combos has her disguise as a Bushido to slash her opponent in one strike to deal heavy damage. If her opponents are obliterated with this move an ocean wave background will be seen. She also wears her casual outfit from one of her Street Fighter III win animations but it was a short sleeved shirt than a sleeveless shirt from her ending while meeting with Guy.
In Street Fighter V, she uses a number of new tools, including (among many others) a sort of kite-based float which she uses for flight, bombs, and what appears to be a counter. She can also teleport to dodge her opponent's attack or to countering them with her moves. Unlike in her previous appearances, she can throw a multiple of five kunais to her opponent rather than a single kunai as her projectile even in mid-air. Therefore, she has a limiter to her kunais when using them and she cannot use this ability again once it is emptied, she restores it for another round. Her Kazekiri now has additional damage during her EX special in which she throws an explosive kunai to blow her opponents after execution. Her V-Skill is the Tenrai which Ibuki builds up a blue energy and blasts her opponent with her left palm. Her V-Trigger is the Isshaku Horokudama which Ibuki throws a bomb with Don's face or a pirate skull similar to one of Doctrine Dark's special attacks which it explodes in seconds. She uses this as her tactic move where she gives her a chance to make a combo once her bomb is briefly delayed in timing to explode or quickly exploded on her opponent. Her Critical Art is the Kachofugetsu as she trips her opponent with a low sweep while launching them in mid air with a straight kick similar to her Hashinsho Ultra Combo as she teleports while doing ninja hand signs to culminate a burst of blue energy on her left palm similar to her Yoroitoshi Super Art to wipe out her opponent's skull in a deadly explosion.
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- The other ninjas in Ibuki's clan include Sarai, Sanjou, Enjou, Genda, Raion and Homura Yuuta. Enjou is often mistaken for Geki from the original Street Fighter game.
- Ibuki was the first Street Fighter III character to appear in another game (Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix).
- Ibuki is so far the only Street Fighter III character to have appeared playable both in Street Fighter IV and Street Fighter V.
- Ibuki's school uniform was well-liked by Capcom producer Hideaki Itsuno; he used the same school uniform design for Rival Schools character Hinata Wakaba.
- In Pocket Fighter, when Ibuki throws her kunai, her outfit changes to that of Rolento from Final Fight, referencing his Stinger. Also, what she throws during her Kasumi Suzaku Super Combo depends on what level it is at. She will throw a kunai (lvl. 1), a shuriken (lvl. 2), or a tanuki statue (lvl. 3).
- Rolento would go on to become her tag partner in Street Fighter X Tekken.
- Ibuki's storyline in Super Street Fighter IV appears to be derived from her appearance in Pocket Fighter, where she sneaks away from her ninja training to look for an ice cream shop. She also encounters Sakura in her rival battle and asks for directions.
- Furthermore, her win quote against Sakura in Street Fighter V has Ibuki asking Sakura if they can get a dessert. Possibly a reference to Pocket Fighter also.
- Ibuki was originally planned to be a playable character in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom (alongside Charlie Nash and M. Bison), but wasn't included due to time constraints.
- Ibuki's 2nd alternate costume for Super Street Fighter IV is based on the clothes she wears during a certain win pose in the Street Fighter III games.
- In both 2nd Impact and her ending in 3rd Strike, Ibuki's fighting style is mispelled as Ninjitsu but in Super Street Fighter IV and onwards, it spells correctly as Ninjutsu.
- Her purple side-tie dress from her second alternate costume in Street Fighter V bears a resemblance to Kunimitsu's outfit in Tekken Tag Tournament 2.
- Yoshimitsu also confuses Ibuki for Kunimitsu when he defeats her in Street Fighter X Tekken.
- The fifteenth color palette of Ibuki's story outfit in Street Fighter V is based on and inspired by Roll from the Mega Man series. This trait is also shared with Karin's second color pallet of her own Story Outfit.
- It also has a resemblance to Jessica from the Final Fight series.
- Street Fighter III: New Generation, and by extension Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact, since they both use the same story, are the only games where the player can battle Ibuki as part of a one on one rival battle. In all her other appearances she has no one face her as a rival, and in Street Fighter X Tekken she is faced alongside Rolento when the player uses King and Marduk.
- Ibuki's 15h color pallete of her battle outfit is based off Sakura Haruno from the Naruto manga and anime franchise and the 9th color pallet of her default outfit in Street Fighter IV is a reference to Naruto Uzumaki, the lead character of the Naruto series.
- Ibuki is the only playable character who uses pure Ninjutsu as a fight style, other playable ninja characters usually use it as a subsection of their fightstyle.
- Based on her generic win quotes, Ibuki's favorite junk food is cake.
- Ibuki's default swimsuit color palette is a reference to Strider.
- She has the most target combos out of any character in the Street Fighter IV games.
- Furthermore, with the Addition of Target Combo 10 in Arcade Edition, Ibuki is the first (and so far only) character who has reached double digit number of usable target combos.
- While many Tekken characters have more sequence attacks than Ibuki in Street Fighter X Tekken, those are not Target Combos, making Ibuki the character with the most Target Combos in said game too.
- Ibuki stars in the online only game Tamaya.
- Ibuki is the only character with an Ultra grab that has become a strike hitbox in a later game.
- Ibuki is the lightest character of the Street Fighter III series.
- Ibuki's Tobizaru has had the most glitches associated with it than any other air throw in the series.
- Ibuki is the only character who has lost the Super Jump ability from the transition of IV to V.
- Ibuki is the second Capcom ninja who has an attack with a horizontal "slash" effect.
- She is also the first female Capcom ninja who has such an attack.
- Ibuki is also the first Capcom Ninja who does the effect without a weapon.
- Ibuki is the first character who has a cinematic attack that uses both weapons and Ki in the main series, followed by Falke's critical art, however Ibuki remains the only character who uses them separately at different stages of her attack.
- Street Fighter V is her first appearance where she has an Idle Pose.
- Ibuki's team with Rolento in Street Fighter X Tekken is the only team where both characters have below 1000 HP and the team isn't composed of two females.
- Though this fact is only true after the 2013 patch, where before Rolento had 1000 health points similarly to most male characters in the game.
- Also as part of her Unique Tag Introduction, Ibuki is the only character who breaks the fourth wall, looking at the player when she is doubtful of her team with Rolento.
- Ibuki is one of two characters in Street Fighter X Tekken who wears a mask and removes it in between battles.
- Ibuki's official character select sprite in Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix has an error where she has two strands of hair on the front of her head and three ponytails when it is usually the other way around. This error isn't present in battle however.
- Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix is also Ibuki's only appearance where Yamikazura isn't part of her throws.
- 2nd Impact is the only game that has original artwork for Ibuki and she is shown angry (the second time she isn't smiling is her SFIV era artwork where she has a neutral expression). She is usually shown smiling in the Character Select screen in games she is available.
- In Felicia's Capcom Fighting Evolution ending where she has many Capcom females in the background for visual appeal, Ibuki appears to be dressed as a Tanuki while the other background girls have jackets and top hats.
- In artwork included with one of her official outfit.
- Ibuki has the fastest special attack in Street Fighter X Tekken with Raida.
- Birdie's win quote against Zeku is the only time Ibuki is specifically mentioned in a win quote when she isn't part of the battle.
- Ibuki twice has had her story reused from canon to non-canon material with different context.
- Specifically Ibuki's Gem Fighter story was reused even to the point of meeting Sakura to ask her for something. Later her 2nd Impact ending was used in her comic but her status with Sarai differed from the game to the comic.
- Ibuki's back throw has been different in each of her main series appearances to date.
- Specifically in the III games her back throw was a reused Yamikazura, in IV it was Uki Yami, and finally in V it re purposes her Neck Breaker animation.
- Furthermore her back throws in both of her non canon fighting game appearances Gem Fighter and SFXT are different. In Gem Fighter she didn't have one and in SFXT she reuses Uki Yami from IV.
- Specifically in the III games her back throw was a reused Yamikazura, in IV it was Uki Yami, and finally in V it re purposes her Neck Breaker animation.
- Ibuki's cell phone appears to be a little anachronistic, in her comic which takes place during the SFIII arc her phone is portrayed as a pink flip phone (which was accurate during the time thoses games were released) but in her SFV story mode which takes place before the III arc her phone is a smart phone.
- Three of Ibuki's character introductions utilize smoke bombs, In Third Strike, Street Fighter X Tekken, and Street Fighter V specifically. though strangely her smoke bombs are never shown to be lit before they explode.
- Ibuki's UFS card "Waste Not" is based on her taunt in the SFIII games.
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- Ibuki's moves in Super Street Fighter IV
- Ibuki's moves in Ultra Street Fighter IV
- Ibuki's moves in Street Fighter X Tekken
- Ibuki's moves in Street Fighter V
- Ibuki's moves in Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition
References[edit | edit source]
- Street Fighter: World Warrior Encyclopedia Hardcover
- Gamest Mook Vol. 81: Street Fighter III Fan Book.
- CFN Portal - ROUND 2: Hideaki Itsuno part 3
- SSFIV Alternate Costume Artworks
|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|
|Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix Characters|
|Akuma · Chun-Li · Dan · Ibuki · Ken · Ryu · Sakura · Zangief|
|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|
|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 V Characters|
|Original||Birdie · Cammy · Chun-Li · Dhalsim · F.A.N.G · Karin · Ken · Laura|
M. Bison · Nash · Necalli · R. Mika · Rashid · Ryu · Vega · Zangief
|Season 1||Alex · Balrog · Guile · Ibuki · Juri · Urien|
|Season 2||Abigail · Akuma · Ed · Kolin · Menat · Zeku|
|Season 3||Blanka · Cody · Falke · G · Sagat · Sakura|
|Season 4||Kage · E. Honda · Lucia · Poison · Gill · Seth|
|Season 5||Akira · Dan · Oro · Rose|
|CPU Only||AS · Aprile · Decapre · Enero · Février · Juli · März · Peter|
Phantom Bison · Santamu · Satsuki · Shadow · Shadow Lady · Two P