The Karate Clown is a character concept that was initially drawn up for the roster of Super Street Fighter IV. During an interview with GameSpot, then-lead game designer Seth Killian mentioned that there was a desire to add another outlandish character to the lineup, similar to Blanka or Dhalsim. Early concepts started with the idea of a clown who specialized in martial arts; However, the producers eventually decided to go with a different concept, which would go on to become Hakan.
When pressured with a request for the Karate Clown, Seth Killian stated "There is always time in the Street Fighter world. Keep hope alive for the Karate Clown."