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"You must have been intimidated by my strength, attractiveness and beauty!"
—Mai (Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium 2001)

Mai Shiranui (不知火 舞 Shiranui Mai), also known as the Alluring Kunoichi (魅惑のくノ一 Miwaku no kunoichi?), is a guest character from SNK's Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters series who is also playable in the SNK vs. Capcom series. At Summer Game Fest 2024, it was announced that she would make her Street Fighter debut in the second year/season of DLC for Street Fighter 6 as she was announced alongside Elena, M. Bison and fellow Fatal Fury and KOF castmate and sometimes teammate Terry Bogard.[3]

Street Fighter is the second fighting game/series where she is a guest character after she appeared in Dead or Alive series via Dead or Alive 5: Last Round and Dead or Alive 6.

Biography[]

Appearance[]

Mai Real Bout Fatal Fury Special

Shinkiro's official art of Mai's outfit from Real Bout Fatal Fury Special, the basis of her outfit from the Street Fighter 6 Season 2 DLC trailer

Mai is fair-skinned with long, waist-length brown hair tied into a ponytail in a tight and high topknot style with parted bangs. She has many admirers (both in-game and in real life) due to her face and figure. According to an issue of Neo Geo Freak, Mai's breasts were modeled after Fumie Hosokawa's while her bottom was modeled after that of the late Ai Iijima. Both women were famous idols by the time she debuted.

Her famous outfit is a red and white traditional Shiranui kunoichi (female ninja) dress with red tassels at the back fastened to an obi around her waist and forming a pelvic curtain at the front. Most of the time, she also has circular white ropes secured around her shoulders, with red and black colored tabi for footwear. However, in the SF6 Season 2 DLC trailer including in her portrait at the end, she appears as she does in Real Bout Fatal Fury Special – the ropes around her shoulders are not present, her heels and toes are exposed and her fingerless gloves are black. Furthermore, her outfit in the trailer has floral patterns that are seen in her appearances in New Age Saga King of Fighters games (The King of Fighters XIV and XV and also the spin-off SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy). She also usually uses a traditional white Kachō Sen or "butterfly fan" as her primary weapon, which she can also use as a projectile.

Personality[]

Mai is a very cheerful and temperamental girl skilled in stealth, climbing and the use of fans in combat and with power over fire. She tends to also be somewhat of an airhead and admires any kind of beauty or attractiveness, which sometimes comes across as being vain. She is actually a classic Japanese beauty, known as a Yamato Nadeshiko, but her pride as a Shiranui ninja and her infatuation with Andy Bogard – her self-styled fiancé – usually keep her from fitting the mold completely. She can also cook – her specialty is Japanese bento, but she can also make osechi (traditional Japanese dishes for New Year).

Concept[]

Mai's nickname of the Alluring Kunoichi or Alluring Ninja Girl (魅惑|みわく Miwaku no Kunoichi) dates back to at least The King of Fighters XIII and KOF Maximum Impact 2.[4][5] She was also originally not included in Fatal Fury 2, but when SNK developers decided to include an idol character, they utilized a fighting style for a male ninja for her. Her characteristic "bounce" was loosely modified from a kunoichi method of assassination: to be sensual to their unassuming prey before they strike.

In an interview, current Capcom designer/artist and famous SNK designer/artist Shinkiro said that Mai was the most difficult character to illustrate, commenting, "I thought she was going to burst out of her costume..."[6]

Character Relationships[]

Terry[]

"I can't bear Andy not being here for much longer!!"
—Mai
"He's got his plate full with other things. And you can stop hitting me while you're at it!"
—Terry
(Corresponding Japanese version character-specific win quotes as teammates from Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium 2001)

Mai is friendly to her boyfriend's brother, though sometimes she will be demanding to him whenever Andy is nowhere to be found.

As for Terry, he looks after her, being his brother's girlfriend, as well as a longtime ally. She has only officially been on Team Fatal Fury with him, Andy and Joe Higashi once, though, in The King of Fighters '99.

Chun-Li[]

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Kinu Nishimura's official art of Mai, Chun-Li, Sakura and Yuri Sakazaki (Art of Fighting 2) for Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium 2001.

"I'm glad that our team is brimming with fellow beauties."
—Mai
"I suppose so, especially with how it's an easy win after our opponents' eyes are led astray."
—Chun-Li
(Corresponding Japanese version character-specific win quotes as teammates from Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium 2001)

Mai and Chun-Li are often featured together in official Capcom vs. SNK art considering that they respectively are SNK's and Capcom's original and most iconic female fighting game characters. Character-specific win quotes with her as a teammate or opponent (exclusive to CvS and CvS 2's Japanese versions) indicate that Mai respects Chun-Li's beauty but does not want to be outdone.

The two were also compared in media and online before Mai was announced for Street Fighter 6, including in the following:

  • In June 2002, French magazine Hardcore Gamers compared the two in a spread.[7]
  • In June 2003, Frederick Badlissi of Diehard Gamefan remarked that one of the appeals of Capcom vs. SNK was "The question of 'anatomic supremacy' between Mai Shiranui’s breasts (the 'North') and Chun-Li’s thighs (the 'South') would finally be answered."[8]
  • In 2011, Rooster Teeth pitted the two against each other in Episode 16 of their Death Battle YouTube video series.[9]

Story[]

Fatal Fury Series[]

Mai first appears in Fatal Fury 2 as the only woman to enter the new King of Fighters tournament held by a mysterious nobleman. The nobleman is revealed to be Wolfgang Krauser von Stroheim, who has been searching for the person who defeated Geese Howard.

It is also revealed in her background information here that she met and fell in love with Andy when she met him while he was training under her grandfather Hanzo.

The King of Fighters Series[]

Mai is the one of the founders alongside Yuri Sakazaki and King, both from Art of Fighting 2, of Team Heroines (also known as the Women's Team or Team Women Fighters), which competed for England in the original King of Fighters title, The King of Fighters '94. She also has led the team in two KOF games: The King of Fighters 2000 and non-canonically The King of Fighters 2002.

Most of her, Yuri and King's teammates over the years on this team are female fighters who are either from South Town or someone related to those who are famous in that city, with the exception of Chizuru, Hinako and Athena:

Street Fighter 6[]

Arcade Mode[]

Mai: TBA[]

TBA

World Tour[]

TBA

Quotes[]

Mai/Quotes

Trivia[]

  • In Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium 2001, Mai has a special introduction against Chun-Li. In it, Mai cosplays as Chun-Li before revealing who she is by taking off the cosplay, making Chun-Li laugh at the flashy entrance. Vega also has a special introduction against her, but she reacts no differently.
  • When Terry was announced as a DLC guest character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Smash director Masahiro Sakurai said that she was not included in the King of Fighters stage because only "good boys and girls" were being included. This gave rise to a widespread meme making fun of Mai, but in the Japanese posts related to the meme, Sakurai is depicted as a hero from preventing children from meeting such a character early in their lives.
  • Both she and Ryu dislike spiders.
  • She shares her birthday (New Year's Day) with Juri Han.
  • Street Fighter 6 is the second time where both Mai and Terry are included in a same DLC pack for a single game, with the first being Fall Guys.
    • Both Mai and Terry have also been featured in the SNK games Metal Slug Defense and Metal Slug Attack, but Mai is the only one who returned for Metal Slug Awakening.
  • Her cameos include Samurai Shodown, where she appears in both Haohmaru's and Genan's endings, However, the special dialogue between her and Haohmaru in The King of Fighters XV confirms that the kunoichi in Haohamaru and Genan's endings is not Mai, as Mai lives in the present day and has not met either of them.
  • Unlike in Dead or Alive 5 and 6, Street Fighter 6 marks the first time that Mai gains a proper new English voice actress.
  • Mai is the Japanese word for "dance", while Shiranui is the Japanese term for "phosphorescent light" – light that glows softly in the dark and that does not produce heat.

Gallery[]

Mai/Gallery

External Links[]

References[]

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)
Spin-offs
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 6 Characters
Original Blanka · Cammy · Chun-Li · Dee Jay · Dhalsim · E. Honda · Guile · Jamie · JP · Juri · Ken · Kimberly · Lily · Luke · Manon · Marisa · Ryu · Zangief
Year 1 A.K.I. · Akuma · Ed · Rashid
Year 2 Elena · M. Bison · Mai (Guest) · Terry (Guest)
CPU Only Albert Jackson · Andore Family · Antler Inoki · Axl · Azam · Bosch · Bred · Carlos Miyamoto · Carol · Chandi · Damnd · Eliza · Eternity · F.A.N.G · Fair Libra · G. Oriber · Gerald Golby · J · Kalima · Keiko Asano · Kenichi Kakutani · Li-Fen · Max · Mel · Retsu · Rewancha · Roxy · Rudra · Sheng Long · Somsak · Yua
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