Dark Sakura (日焼けしたさくら Hiyakeshita Sakura), also known as Sunburned Sakura, is a version of Sakura who has been consumed by the Satsui no Hadou. She was introduced in Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter.
In Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, Dark Sakura is a secret character who utilizes a mixed moveset of Akuma and Evil Ryu including performing the Hadouken horizontally instead of diagonally. Unlike the aforementioned two, who has lost all of their compassion and humanity, Dark Sakura is able to control her powers, retaining her personality and manners. This also makes Sakura the only female to have used the Satsui no Hado at any point.
Though Dark Sakura is not an individual character in Marvel vs. Capcom 2, she is now a Super Combo transformation for regular Sakura.
Taking a break between matches, Sakura laid down in a field and fell asleep. When she awoke, she found herself unusually sunburned for the short duration that she had lain there. Though slightly in pain, she proceeded to compete in the effort to defeat Apocalypse. However, not only did she find that her original fighting style had returned, she was even more powerful than before, capable of performing attacks in a manner similar to Akuma, but feeling no evil inclination to kill her opponents. Over the course of the events, her sunburned faded and her fighting abilities returned to the way they were when she first arrived.
After Apocalypse was defeated, she accompanied a very distraught Zangief to see a man known as Dr. Strange. While Dr. Strange helped Zangief cope with the presence of his mechanical doppelganger, he also taught Sakura how to tap into the fighting energy that was produced as a result of her sunburn so that she could use it at will. It took a tremendous amount of energy and concentration, but when she returned to help the warriors fight Abyss in Marvel vs. Capcom 2, she did indeed find that she had the ability to transform herself into her sunburned variant when she accumulated enough energy.
- Of all characters, with the exception of Rogue (who uses an X instead of a kanji) in X-Men vs. Street Fighter, who can perform the Raging Demon (including those from Capcom crossovers) Dark Sakura is the only one that does not have a personal kanji appear at the conclusion of the super.
|Marvel vs. Capcom Characters|
|X-Men vs. Street Fighter||Akuma · Cammy · Charlie · Chun-Li · Dhalsim · Ken · M. Bison · Ryu · Zangief|
|Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter||Cyber-Akuma · Dan · Dark Sakura · Mech-Zangief · Sakura · Shadow|
|Clash of Super Heroes||Shadow Lady|
|New Age of Heroes||Guile|
|Fate of Two Worlds||C. Viper · Haggar|