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A popular and memorable Street Fighter character, Sakura has been referenced plenty of times in pop culture ever since her introduction in Street Fighter Alpha 2.

Street FighterEdit

  • In Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact, Sakura is alluded to by Ryu in his winquote to Yun ("You posses great ability for your age. I have rarely seen such potential. Only once before..."), mentioning that he met someone with incredible potential before.

Capcom gamesEdit

  • Sakura's childhood friend, Rival Schools character Hinata Wakaba has a similar appearance; wearing headband, school uniform, gloves and sneakers. In addition, two of her moves, Embukyaku and Sunrise Punch, resembles Sakura's Shimpuu Kyaku and Shouoken respectively.
  • In the science fiction action-adventure game Crimson Tears, after completing certain conditions, the player can unlock character skins of Sakura, Ryu, Chun-Li and Guile.

Other video gamesEdit

  • Ling Xiaoyu from the Tekken series shares some similarities with Sakura, namely because they are the first "schoolgirl" characters to be introduced in their respective series and have romantic attraction to their respective main characters (i.e. Jin Kazama and Ryu).
  • Shingo Yabuki, from SNK's The King of Fighters series, shares some similarities with Sakura; they are both "school student"-type fighting youngsters trying to emulate the fighting styles of their respective masters (who also happen to be their series' respective lead protagonists). Shingo, however, gets less respect from his idol Kyo Kusanagi than Sakura from Ryu.
  • Wakaba from Konami's Suikoden series bears a slight resemblance to Sakura; both being cheerful headband-wearing fighters who idolizes their masters (though in Wakaba's case, she becomes Long Chan Chan's apprentice).

Comics and MangaEdit

  • Sakura shares some few personality traits with Videl from the Dragon Ball series.
  • Sakura is often comparable to Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto character Sakura Haruno, who also happens to have a fighting rival named Karin (though the latter case regards the kunoichis' infatuation towards fellow renegade ninja turned international criminal Sasuke Uchiha).

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