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This is a page listing Karin Kanzuki's references in general pop culture since her debut in Sakura Ganbaru! comics.

Street Fighter[]

  • Although Karin is usually depicted as an only child of the Kanzuki family in most Street Fighter media (this is even stated as much in Sakura Ganbaru!), in the Ryu Final manga, she has three unnamed sisters.[citation needed]
  • Blair Dame from the Street Fighter EX series and Fighting EX Layer share some few similarities to Karin. Both girls comes from wealthy families and Blair's yellow bola tie in Fighting EX Layer resembles Karin's bola tie in Street Fighter V.

Other video games[]

  • Emilie "Lili" de Rochefort from the Tekken series is often compared and shares some similarities to Karin.
    • Karin and Lili both have schoolgirls (Sakura and Asuka Kazama, respectively) for rivals, and declared them rivals soon after they were defeated by them; Karin was defeated by Sakura after a challenge, while Lili was defeated by Asuka at the fifth King of the Iron Fist Tournament.
    • Both developed their own fighting styles and enjoy the prospect of victory.
    • Both are somewhat selfish and stuck-up (but not really evil or malevolent) rich girls who come from wealthy families with companies/businesses being threatened in their main storylines.
    • Their butlers are present during their winning poses; Karin is shown with her butler, Ishizaki, while Lili asks her butler Sebastian if he can find a better person to fight than the person she defeated.
    • The comparisons come full circle in Street Fighter X Tekken, wherein Sakura compares Lili to Karin in the former's winquote against the latter.
    • In Street Fighter V, Karin's outfit design and fighting stance has a resemblance to Lili's.
  • Elisabeth Blanctorche from The King of Fighters series has some similarities to Karin in character.
    • Karin and Elisabeth both have to fight off an enemy who is a threat to their family's foundations (M. Bison and Ash Crimson respectively).
    • Both have developed their own personal close-range fighting styles which involve high-speed hits and devote themselves to nothing short of absolute victory.
    • Both have butlers (Ichizaki and Jacques) who are utterly devoted to them and understand them more then most other people.
    • Both come from rich and wealthy families of noble heritage/lineage with them as the only/sole heirs.
    • Both have strict and serious attitude from their upbringing and dedicate themselves to fulfilling a task once their minds have been set on it.
    • Both have been known to look down on those they see as lower stature or "commoners" and "inferior".
    • Both dress in styles based on Victorian Europe.


  • Karin also has a similar personality, mannerisms and background (including a nasty "ojou"-esque laugh) to Nanami Kiryuu from Revolutionary Girl Utena.
  • Karin is often comparable to Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto character Karin, who also happens to have a fighting rival named Sakura (though the latter case regards the kunoichis' infatuation towards fellow renegade ninja turned international criminal Sasuke Uchiha).


  • Karin can be comparable (both in looks and personality) to Nellie Oleson from the 1974 historical drama series Little House on the Prairie.
  • Karin shares a few similarities and has been compared to the Autobot warrior, Cliffjumper, from Transformers:
    • Both are dedicated heroes who are selfish, surly and have a impetous nature, striving for total victory.
    • Both utterly hates their enemies (Shadaloo in Karin's case and Decepticons in Cliffjumper's case), and they are both good friends with their rivals (Sakura in Karin's case and Bumblebee in Cliffjumper's case).
    • Both never give up fighting for their friends and family.
      • Coincidentally, Karin's rival, Sakura, shares similarites and compares to Cliffjumper's rival, Bumblebee.