Elena (Street Fighter)

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Elena
Street Fighter character
Elena Street Fighter.png
First game Street Fighter III: New Generation
Voiced by (English) Karen Dyer (Street Fighter X Tekken, Ultra Street Fighter IV) (credited as Eva LaDare)
Voiced by (Japanese) Kaoru Fujino (SFIII)
Mie Midori (SFIII:3S)
Saki Fujita (SFXT, USFIV)
Fictional profile
Birthplace Nairobi, Kenya
Fighting style Capoeira

Elena (エレナ Erena?) is a fictional character in the Street Fighter fighting game series. She first appeared in Street Fighter III: New Generation, and also appeared in Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact, Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, Street Fighter X Tekken and Ultra Street Fighter IV. Elena is a member of a small tribe in Kenya and is an expert in the fighting style of capoeira which entails mostly the use of one's legs to fight.[1][2]

Appearances[edit]

Elena made her debut in Street Fighter III and its subsequent expansions, Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact and Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike. Her fighting style is capoeira. She is noted for her unique gameplay style; she only uses kicks in her fighting style and is the only character who can heal, which she uses her Super Arts to do.[3]

Elena is the young daughter of a small African tribe. Her father, the patriarch of the tribe, has a doctorate from a French university. Elena was raised in the vast nature of Africa and she aspires to study abroad like her father did before her. In her SFIII ending, Elena ends up being transferred to a high school in Japan as an exchange student, where she has befriended a young Japanese girl named Narumi (ナルミ?) and writes home to her parents about her experiences. Her story does not change much in 2nd Impact, although Elena has an additional role as one of Hugo's potential partners in one of his multiple endings as "Elena the Wilderness Warrior", becoming the tag team of "Beauty and the Beast". In 3rd Strike, a year has passed since Elena has left Japan to study abroad in France during the new year. Before beginning her studies again, Elena decides to street fight once again to seek new friends. In her ending, Elena writes back to her Japanese friend Narumi after returning to France from spending her summer vacation in Japan again and invites Narumi to visit her in Africa during her winter vacation.

Elena also appears in a cameo in the beach stage in Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix and also in the London stage in Capcom vs SNK 2. She is one of the playable Capcom character cards appearing in the SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash series. Elena was rumoured to be included in Super Street Fighter IV.[3] It was later confirmed that she was actually considered for inclusion in this game, but "barely missed the cut"; Capcom employee Christian Svensson wrote that she was the "next tier down".[4] Elena is featured as a playable character via DLC in Street Fighter X Tekken, with Dudley as her official tag partner. She is also a playable character in Ultra Street Fighter IV, the latest update for Street Fighter IV.

Reception[edit]

In her article on black characters in video games, game designer Brenda Brathwaite cited Elena as a character who has a stereotypical design, though fellow game designer Seth Smith noted that black players tended to gravitate to such characters.[5] In 2012, Complex.com ranked her as the seventh best black character in video games, adding "though not one of the most popular characters in the [Street Fighter] franchise, Elena has a cult fanbase that adores her and so do we."[6] That same year, ScrewAttack included her on their 2012 list of top ten underrated Street Fighter characters.[7]

Gamasutra's Brandon Sheffield expressed a desire to see her in Super Street Fighter IV, calling her his favourite character.[4] Similarly, GamesRadar chose Elena as one of the 12 most-wanted Street Fighter characters for Super Street Fighter IV due to "wearing almost nothing and acrobatically showing off her crotch at every opportunity" and fluid animation in Street Fighter III, adding that she was "much more than just a bikini-clad tease with impossibly fluid and graceful movements" and called her a "lot of fun to play" and "the exact polar opposite of Balrog".[8] Planet Xbox 360 shared the sentiment, listing her as one of the characters they most wanted to see in Street Fighter IV while further adding that "Elena would bring a lot of depth to character roster that truly needs more women representation ... if guys drool over Cammy’s legs, then Elena should make them blush in the company of other women."[9] In an official poll by Namco in 2012, Elena was the 13th most requested Street Fighter side character to be added to the roster of Tekken X Street Fighter.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Street Fighter III 2nd Impact character introductions" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on December 5, 1998. 
  2. ^ Capcom. p. 16. Street Fighter III: Double Impact, instruction manual. Retrieved on 2008-07-03
  3. ^ a b Furfari, Paul (2010-08-25). "Top 50 Street Fighter Characters". UGO.com. Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  4. ^ a b Brandon Sheffield (March 1, 2010). "Features - Careful, Capcom: Christian Svensson Speaks". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  5. ^ Endo, Tom (2008-11-04). "The Escapist : What if the Player is Black?". The Escapist. Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  6. ^ "7. Elena — The 10 Best Black Characters In Video Games". Complex. 2012-06-26. Retrieved 2013-10-09. 
  7. ^ ScrewAttack, Top 10 Underrated Street Fighter Characters, GameTrailers.com, 03/17/2012.
  8. ^ Mikel Reparaz (Oct 2, 2009). "12 fighters we'd like to see in Super Street Fighter IV, Street Fighter Alpha Anthology PS2 Features". GamesRadar. Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  9. ^ "Ten Characters We Want in Street Fighter IV". Planetxbox360.com. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  10. ^ Tekken vs Street Fighter[dead link]

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