Sean Matsuda (ショーン・マツダ/松田 Shōn Matsuda?) is a character in the Street Fighter series. He first appeared in Street Fighter III: New Generation. He has an older sister named Laura who appears in Street Fighter V, and both are part of the Matsuda Family.
Sean wears a yellow gi similar to those worn by Ryu and Ken with the sleeves removed at the shoulders, and red fighting gloves. He wears a black belt and fights barefoot. He is a dark-skinned Brazilian and has black dreadlocks with the sides shaved off and usually brings a basketball with him everywhere.
In Street Fighter V, he wears a modern outfit consisting of a yellow hoodie jacket with the sign of "S" at the center, black outlines in each sides of his sleeves, yellow jogging pants and red sneakers with two white linings. He also has a bandage on his nose.
In A Shadow Falls, Sean's dreadlocks are grown into shoulder length like his elder brother, Fabio. He wears a yellow sleeveless openly hoodie with a black short sleeve fitted shirt, blue baggy jean shorts with a brown belt to his waist and white sneakers.
Sean is eager to prove himself, and hates being referred to as weak. He often makes a point of bringing up Dan Hibiki, who does not appear in the SFIII series, as a shining example of weakness, and thus someone he hates being compared to.
He is also a huge fan of Ken Masters, and wishes to learn from him in hopes of becoming a better person. Sean is also seen reading a magazine named as "Masters Online Karate" at the time of Street Fighter V to show him more as a big fan of Ken. Sean is also afraid of his older sister Laura when she deals her Jiu-Jitsu moves and a headlock.
Sean Matsuda, his sister Laura, and brother Fabio were born in Brazil, though their father (Yuichiro Matsuda) and paternal grandfather (Kinjiro Matsuda) were Japanese (hence the surname). Yuichiro married Brenda and had three children (Fabio, Laura and Sean). Sean has two maternal cousins (Enzo and Manuela Da Silva) who practice capoeira.
A keen basketball player, his main pastime is martial arts. Later at some point, Sean saw veteran World Warrior Ken Masters in action at the U.S. Martial Arts Tournament and swore to become his pupil.
At the beginning of Laura's prologue story, she playfights with Sean a little before leaving their house in order to find strong fighters and promote the art of Matsuda Jiu-Jitsu. At the end, Sean, who is still in Brazil, is wondering where Laura is.
In A Shadow Falls, Sean was playing Mega Man with his portable video game, the CPSP (a portable version of CPS 1-3), until the signal was jammed because of the moon at the sky. Sean notices Laura has one of the chess pieces like the other fighters. Sean was later confronted by F.A.N.G who attempts to get the chess piece from his older sister, Laura. As he was saved by Ken who is allied with Chun-Li and Cammy, Chun-Li recognizes him for being part of the Matsuda family and asks Sean if he knows his sister carries the chess piece until Laura arrives and happily grabs him in a headlock thinking he has a girlfriend. After Laura beats Ken who she mistakes as the enemy, Sean corrects his sister, saying that Ken and the others are not their enemy but the unconscious Shadaloo soldiers. Laura makes a deal with Ken. If she joins their side, Ken will promote Matsuda Jiu-Jitsu in his online karate to which Ken agrees. Sean is last seen watching his sister join with Ken and the others to stop Shadaloo and their plans.
After repeated unsuccessful attempts to get Ken to train him, Sean enters the World Warrior tournament to prove that he is a worthy student, but is again unsuccessful - and in fact defeated by Ken himself. After beating Sean, Ken (finding Sean to be a nuisance) instructs him to search for Ryu and not return until he has found and defeated him. Sean finds Ryu and challenges him to a fight, but is defeated time and time again no matter how hard he tries - to the point of severe injury which Ryu hits him with just a simple Hadoken. After recovering from his injuries, he spends an entire year training alone.
Sean then sets off for the U.S Martial Arts tournament to prove that he has become a much greater student since his last meeting with Ken. In his ending, Sean wins the U.S. Martial Arts tournament but it turns out to be a dream, in reality, Sean lost to a random fighter during the qualifying rounds. Ken tells him that he did not train himself properly and gives him advice to train harder next time. Ken decides to take revenge against his opponents in the tournament by winning the next one. Sean becomes dismayed but states that he will win someday.
After Ken wins the tournament, Sean declines Ken's offer of the championship trophy in acknowledgment of how well he had done, insisting that he will win it himself some day.
Crossover appearances Edit
Sean appeared along with Ken in Ryu's pre-fight introduction, as well as his ending.
Sean made a cameo appearance in Pyron's CFE ending and in the New York stage as well.
Sean appears in UDON's Super Street Fighter: New Generations comics. Sean stars in a story arc where he fights a group of thugs while attempting to save who he thought was a helpless woman, but turned out to be Chun-Li.
Sean practices the same fighting style as Ryu and Ken; however, due to his inexperience, there are notable differences between his moves and theirs. He even shares different moves than his family's "Matsuda Jiu-Jitsu."
The most notable difference is his projectile, which is only available to Sean as a Super Art. His Shoryuken works much the same way; while he does have a two-handed version of the move, he only performs the "true" Shoryuken in yet another of his Super Arts. This seems to imply that Sean can only use Ken's techniques properly with extreme focus. His third Super Art is the Hyper Tornado.
In 2nd Impact, Sean was a lot easier to use and the best choice because of his high damage. Sean can link/combo his Super Arts after some of his special moves, though it will do less damage. His Ryuubi Kyaku has a big pause, making it easy to parry, but it is good for countering fire balls. His Tornado is easy to combo, and his Dragon Smash is a high-damage and high-priority two hit anti-air uppercut.
In 3rd Strike, some of his moves, most notably his Dragon Smash, were toned down in effectiveness and damage, although his Ryuubi Kyaku no longer pauses before execution. Sean was also given many new standard attacks, and two of his special moves were changed to feature all-new animation frames. Sean is often referred to as the "Dan" of Street Fighter III: Third Strike; far from an intentional joke character, he is still difficult to use effectively, due to a lack of safe options.
- Sean shares similar character traits with Sakura; both have self-taught fighting styles stemming from the two main characters of the Street Fighter series: Ken and Ryu respectively. Sean was self-taught under Ken while at the same time trying to convince him to further his training through tutelage, Sakura was self-taught through imitation of Ryu while also pursuing his tutelage.
- Sean also shares similar character and personality traits with Shingo Yabuki from SNK's The King Of Fighters series; they both try very hard to emulate the fighting style and moves from their respective idol, Ken and Kyo Kusanagi respectively, who both gives little respect to their self-proclaimed students.
- Sean was intended to be the only fighter who used a "shoto" fighting style in New Generation until Capcom decided that Ryu and Ken were too popular to exclude, followed by the return of Akuma in 2nd Impact.
- In Street Fighter EX3, a kid called "Zako A" is close in appearance to Sean.
- As explained above, Sean has often been compared with Dan in terms of a pathetic fighter due to his losing streak.
- According to the Street Fighter: World Warrior Encyclopedia, Sean is a member of his high-school basketball team.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Street Fighter V: Matsuda Family
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Street Fighter: World Warrior Encyclopedia Hardcover
- ↑ Street Fighter V Small Fodder Collection
- ↑ 3rd Strike FAQs @ GameFAQs
|Street Fighter III Characters|
|New Generation||Alex · Dudley · Elena · Gill · Ibuki · Ken · Necro · Oro · Ryu · Sean · Yang · Yun|
|2nd Impact||Akuma · Hugo · Shin Akuma · Urien|
|3rd Strike||Chun-Li · Makoto · Q · Remy · Twelve|