Yamato Nadeshiko (大和ナデシコ?) is a character in the Street Fighter series who first appeared on the Secret File cover for the arcade version of Street Fighter Alpha 3. She later made her in-game debut in Street Fighter V as part of R. Mika's moveset.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Nadeshiko has her black hair worn in a bob cut, with her fringes lying between her ears and face.

She wears a red and white leotard with red wrestling boots and white kneecaps with a red spot in the middle of each of them, looking similar to Hinomaru (the Japanese flag). Sticking to the Rising Sun motif, Nadeshiko has a red spot on the top of her leotard, going from her neck and down to her cleavage, as well as two red stripes at the bottom on either side, with the lower stripes going along the outside and the upper stripes going around her waist. She also wears white wrist straps on each hand and a grey patch on her left elbow, acting similar to a sleeve.

Character Relationships[edit | edit source]

R. Mika[edit | edit source]

Yamato Nadeshiko works for the same wrestling organization as R. Mika and is also her former tag-team partner. In Street Fighter V, Yamato is part of R. Mika's moveset.

Story[edit | edit source]

A hot-blooded female wrestler from the IJWPW, Nadeshiko was first shown and named in the Secret File for Street Fighter Alpha 3; she and R. Mika were tag partners prior to the latter going solo during the events of the game.

She is also the sole daughter of a family that runs a long-established inn. Her hobbies include tea ceremonies, flower arrangement, and archery.[1]

She makes her first appearance in the games in Street Fighter V as part of R. Mika's moveset.

Yasha Nadeshiko[edit | edit source]

Yamato's Shadaloo C.R.I. profile reveals that she has a secret wrestler persona known as Yasha Nadeshiko (夜叉撫子?), which surfaced soon after R. Mika decided to go solo. She hides her identity by painting her face instead of using a mask, and wears a different midriff-baring costume (though with the same color scheme). As Yasha, she is more prone to trash talk and being more rough in and out of the ring.[1]

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

As mentioned above, Yamato Nadeshiko is part of some of R. Mika's moves, including her special attacks and V-Triggers. Mika calls her to assist in attacks to extend combos and create mix-up situations to maintain offensive pressure.

If R. Mika performs the EX version of Rainbow Typhoon, Nadeshiko jumps in from behind the opponent after they bounce off of the stage wall. She wraps one arm around the back of the opponent's neck and drops to a seated position, smashing their face into the ground, similar to a Bulldog. If R. Mika performs the EX version of Brimstone, Nadeshiko drops from above and drives her elbow into the opponent's back, similar to an Elbow Drop.

If. R. Mika activates her first V-Trigger, Nadeshiko delivers a high flying attack at the opponent from different angles, depending which direction is pressed. Neutral results in Nadeshiko performing a body splash from above the opponent. Holding back has Nadeshiko perform a dropkick from the front, while holding forward has her perform a dropkick from behind the opponent. If R. Mika activates her second V-Trigger, Nadeshiko runs out from behind R. Mika and throws a steel chair at the opponent, hitting them multiple times to extend combos. She can also run up to the opponent and take two swings at them with the steel chair if R. Mika's second V-Trigger is held.

She also assists Mika in her Peach Assault, which is her Critical Art. After R. Mika grabs the opponent and performs a Suplex throw, Nadeshiko appears and catches the opponent in a headlock before throwing them airborne. As the opponent falls down head-first, R. Mika and Nadeshiko run towards each other, jump and launches themselves buttocks-first, sandwiching the opponent's head in between, before pulling them downward similar to a Brainbuster.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Her full name comes from the Japanese phrase that refers to the idealized image of a "perfect" woman.
  • The name "Yamato", meaning "Great Harmony", is an ancient name for Japan (originating from the Yamato Province) and can also refer to the Yamato period of Japanese history, which lasted into the 8th century. Relating to that, Yamato is the dynastic name of the ruling Imperial House of Japan and further refers to the dominant ethnic group of Japan, the Yamato people.
  • Yamato's design was influenced by the Professional Wrestler Hikaru Shida.[2]

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