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Kairi (カイリ?) is a video game character from the Street Fighter series, first appearing in as a secret character in Street Fighter EX. He is Hokuto and Nanase's long lost elder brother from the Mizukami clan.



In Street Fighter EX, Kairi appeared as a tall and muscular young man, with long black hair tied in a ponytail. His eyes are black with his left eye being scarred, possibly a relic of his duel to the death against his father. He wore a form fitting, sleeveless blue shirt, dark blue pants held by a black obi and wore blue gloves and leg warmers.

His alternate appearance, Kairi is shirtless, he wears only white karate pants held by a black karate belt. He is barefoot and maintains his blue fingerless gloves. His hair however is cut short but with short dishiveled spikes downward.

In Street Fighter EX2 and onward, his appearance dramatically changed. His hair is no longer black but has become silvery-white, his eyes went from black to red and they seem to glow during certain special attacks or during some of his win poses. His body became covered in scars as a result of both him succumbing to his demonic powers and his endless string of battles. He wears white pants which are red near the top as well as a black belt. He no longer wears his shirt nor his leg warmers, his arms are covered in bandages and they are covered in blue flames whenever his power is at its highest point (gameplay-wise, when he has a full Super bar).

The Street Fighter V website has two different profiles for Kairi, based on his appearances in the first and second games. In his first profile, Kairi's pants are dark purple, he wears blue handwraps on both of his hands and his hair is black. In the second profile, he retains the same look he had in later games.


Not much is known about Kairi's personality. However, one can assume that due to his memory-loss and his father's last words, Kairi is a serious warrior who is determined to make sense of himself and his life.

In Street Fighter EX2, Kairi became darker and more serious as a result of his new demonic power. Sometimes, Kairi holds his head in his hands and screams in pain (as seen after performing his Kyouja Renbu attack or his win pose), indicating that his new power is taking a huge toll on his mind.


During the development of the original Street Fighter EX game, Kairi's look was largely the same except that he had both eyes. He was originally named Shujinkou, which means "protagonist" or "main character", though this was likely a placeholder name. [3]


Kairi was born to the main house of the Mizukami family and was trained in the family's ancient art of hand-to-hand combat. However, in a stormy night, Kairi was thrown into the sea from the ship in which he was traveling and lost his memories.[4] For ten years he has wandered the world, fighting without rhyme or reason. Only the words "you must challenge your limits" remained in his memories. Led by these words, Kairi thought that the only way to recover his memories was to follow the way of the Shura (修羅?) and fight, replacing his lost memories with the nature of a demon.[5] As he continued fighting, he eventually faced his younger sister Hokuto and was pushed down from a cliff. After the fall, Kairi's body got covered in scars.[1] Despite the attempts of Nanase, the youngest of siblings to stop them, this has been an unavoidable fate for Kairi and Hokuto.

In his Street Fighter EX3 ending, Kairi manages to defeat Hokuto in a battle. Seeing nothing but Kairi's broad back, she wonders if it is their father before losing unconsciousness.

Fighting Style and GameplayEdit

Most of Kairi's moves are similar to those of the Ansatsuken-style characters (i.e., RyuKen, Akuma), as detailed below.

  • Shinku Hadoken -> Shinki Hatsudo (lit. Divine Soul Invocation)
  • Shoryuken -> Maryu Rekko (lit. Demon Dragon Rending Light)
  • Tatsumaki -> Moryo Kasen (lit. Nature Spirit Vortex Whirl)
  • Tenmakujinkyaku -> Ryujin Kyaku (lit. Dragon Blade Leg; Street Fighter EX2)
  • Ashura Senku -> Maku Shihai (lit. Demon Air Control; Street Fighter EX2)

Also, in Street Fighter EX2, Kairi has inherited and succumbed to a power similar to the Satsui no Hado. Because of this, he has abilities and power similar to those of Akuma, and moves that resemble his techniques; (e.g. Zanku Hadoken and Raging Demon, Akuma's most lethal technique). An original ability from this power also exists, as having him surge with this power when his super meter is at Lv.3, allows his attacks to negate any projectiles.


Kairi appears in the manga Street Fighter III: The Twin Dragon for the first time. He also appears in Street Fighter III: Ryu Final.

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Street Fighter series Playable Characters
Main Series
SF Logo Ken · Ryu
Street-fighter-ii-logo 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
Turbo Akuma
SFAlogo Alpha Adon · Birdie · Charlie · Dan · Guy · Rose · Sodom
Alpha 2 Evil Ryu · Gen · Rolento · Sakura · Shin Akuma
Alpha 3 Cody · Final Bison · Juli · Juni · Karin · R. Mika
Alpha 3 Upper Eagle · Maki
Alpha 3 MAX Ingrid
Street fighter iii logo New Generation Alex · Dudley · Elena · Gill · Ibuki · Necro · Oro · Sean · Yang · Yun
2nd Impact 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 F.A.N.G · Laura · Necalli · Rashid
Spin-off games
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
VsSeriesIcon MSHvSF Cyber-Akuma · Dark Sakura · Mech-Zangief · Shadow
MvC Shadow Lady
SVC Chaos Violent Ken
SFO Shin
Related games
FFRevengeLogo Damnd · Edi. E · El Gado · Haggar
Street Fighter EX Characters
EX Original Akuma · Allen · Blair · Chun-Li · C. Jack · Darun · D. Dark · Guile
Hokuto · Kairi · Ken · Pullum · Ryu · Skullomania · Zangief
Plus Bloody Hokuto · Cycloid-β · Cycloid-γ · Evil Ryu · Garuda · M. Bison
Plus α Dhalsim · Sakura
EX2 Original Blanka · Hayate · Nanase · Shadowgeist · Sharon · Vega
Plus Area · Sagat · V. Rosso
EX3 Ace · Bison II
CPU Only Shin-Bison · Cycloids · Zako

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