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Sagat during the Street Fighter Alpha series is a totally different take on what we know of the character in Street Fighter 4 and 5

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • May 2, 2021 at 11:52 a.m. PDT • Comments: 23

Rose's Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition prologue appeared to foreshadow some sort of return to the Street Fighter Alpha series. Somehow, Rose intends to impart knowledge that she has in Street Fighter 5 to herself during the era of Street Fighter Alpha, which takes place between Street Fighter and Street Fighter 2.

What could this mean? One possibility suggests that Street Fighter 6 will take place during Street Fighter Alpha 1-3. If true, certain elements of Street Fighter lore will be fleshed out more while other details could be changed entirely through retconning.

Some fighters have gone through some radical character development since Street Fighter Alpha. One example of a character that's very different now compared to how he was before is Sagat.

In Street Fighter 4 and Street Fighter 5, Sagat has been shown to be an honorable combatant. He has a healthy rivalry with Ryu as they both seem to share this notion about the "heart of battle."

However, Sagat wasn't always like this in Street Fighter lore. At one point, he held a very deep hatred for Ryu due to events that unfolded towards the end of the first Street Fighter game.

During their battle, a near defeated Ryu would allow himself to be consumed by the Satsui no Hado as Sagat held the upper hand in the fight. Once this happened, Ryu would defeat Sagat in a humiliating way with a Shoryuken — which may or may not have been a "sucker punch" Shoryuken.

It was this event that triggered Sagat affiliating himself as one of the "Four Heavenly Kings of Shadaloo," in the service of M. Bison. Sagat was consumed by a hatred and desire for revenge against Ryu.

Back then, it seemed like Sagat cared very little about his opponents and only sought victory. Needless to say, this was a much darker side of Sagat. This was effectively the Sagat that killed Go Hibiki during a battle that costed Sagat his right eye.

These days, Sagat is remorseful about past events such as the killing of Go Hibiki. Rather than concerning himself about victories, Sagat is now more focused on the experience he gets from doing battles with fighters like Ryu.

Should we go back to the Street Fighter Alpha era in Street Fighter 6, then we'll likely be seeing a much darker, basically evil version of Sagat that cared only about exacting revenge on Ryu.

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