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Sagat himself was also said to be inspired by Reiba, the Muay Thai lord from manga ''[[wikipedia:Karate Master|Karate Baka Ichidai]]''.<sup><ref>[http://forums.shoryuken.com/discussion/comment/11490553/#Comment_11490553 Sagat and Reiba comparison]</ref> </sup>Evidence of this shows up in Inafune's original design. Sagat's alternate costume in Street Fighter IV may hint at this, as the costume has matching leggings like Reiba in the manga.
 
Sagat himself was also said to be inspired by Reiba, the Muay Thai lord from manga ''[[wikipedia:Karate Master|Karate Baka Ichidai]]''.<sup><ref>[http://forums.shoryuken.com/discussion/comment/11490553/#Comment_11490553 Sagat and Reiba comparison]</ref> </sup>Evidence of this shows up in Inafune's original design. Sagat's alternate costume in Street Fighter IV may hint at this, as the costume has matching leggings like Reiba in the manga.
   
According to ''Street Fighter'' co-creator Finish Hiroshi, Sagat's style was modeled after dramatic television kickboxing personalities; particularly that of Muay Thai/Thai. The central theme of Sagat's character is "tiger"; this is a likely reference to an old Muay Thai tale about a king during the Ayutthaya Kingdom, King Suriyenbodi, nicknamed Siamese Tiger King (พระเจ้าเสือ), who loved competing in Muay Thai and became legendary for defeating the best fighters of his time.
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According to ''Street Fighter'' co-creator Finish Hiroshi, Sagat's style was modeled after dramatic television kickboxing personalities; particularly that of Muay Thai/Thai. The central theme of Sagat's character is "tiger"; this is a likely reference to an old Muay Thai tale about the nicknamed Siamese Tiger King (พระเจ้าเสือ), who loved competing in Muay Thai and became legendary for defeating the best fighters of his time.
   
 
In the context of East Asian culture, the tiger and the dragon have often been considered as equally strong rivals, and are symbolic of many dualistic traits; the dragon is often associated with the heavens, the concept of spirit, things of yang affinity, and the eastern world, while the tiger is often associated with the earth, the concept of matter, things of yin affinity, and the western world. Also, in martial arts, the dragon is symbolic of a 'soft' style and internal-based martial arts, whereas the tiger is symbolic of a 'hard' style and external-based martial arts. This makes his rivalry with Ryu (which means "dragon" in Japanese) especially notable.
 
In the context of East Asian culture, the tiger and the dragon have often been considered as equally strong rivals, and are symbolic of many dualistic traits; the dragon is often associated with the heavens, the concept of spirit, things of yang affinity, and the eastern world, while the tiger is often associated with the earth, the concept of matter, things of yin affinity, and the western world. Also, in martial arts, the dragon is symbolic of a 'soft' style and internal-based martial arts, whereas the tiger is symbolic of a 'hard' style and external-based martial arts. This makes his rivalry with Ryu (which means "dragon" in Japanese) especially notable.
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