|Street Fighter character|
|First game||Super Street Fighter II|
|Voiced by (English)||Steve Blum (Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie)
Paul Dobson (Street Fighter animated series)
David Vincent (Super Street Fighter IV)
|Voiced by (Japanese)||Shōzō Iizuka (Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie, Street Fighter Alpha 3)
Tōru Nara (Super Street Fighter IV)
|Portrayed by||Gregg Rainwater|
|Fighting style||Thunderfoot Tribe's own style of martial arts|
Thunder Hawk (サンダー・ホーク Sandā Hōku ), commonly known as T. Hawk, is a video game character from the Street Fighter series of fighting games. He is a tall Native American warrior from Mexico whose ancestral homeland was taken over by Shadaloo, forcing him into exile.
During the development of Super Street Fighter II, T. Hawk was named "Geronimo", but it was changed after an American staff member suggested that the name "Geronimo" might be seen as racially offensive.
T. Hawk is one of the four new characters introduced in Super Street Fighter II. He is a member of the fictional Thunderfoot indigenous American clan, whose homeland was taken over 30 years before the events of the game by M. Bison, who also murdered his father, Arroyo Hawk. T. Hawk enters the tournament to reclaim his homeland from Bison. T. Hawk has always been billed as coming from Mexico. His backstory states that he was born in the Sonoran desert and resides in the Monte Albán plains. T. Hawk's second appearance as a playable character was in the home versions of Street Fighter Alpha 3, in which he leaves his home village after the disappearances of some of the locals. His last opponent before fighting Bison is Juli, one of Bison's bodyguards. The girl T. Hawk is searching for is revealed to be Julia, who was captured and brainwashed into becoming one of Bison's assassins named Juli. T. Hawk returns in Super Street Fighter IV. He has regained his homeland following the events of the Street Fighter II series, but must fight Shadaloo once more, this time to rescue his girlfriend Julia, who has disappeared again. His rival is El Fuerte, who challenges him after a previous, as yet undisclosed defeat at T. Hawk's hands.
In the 1994 film version of Street Fighter, T. Hawk (played by Gregg Rainwater) is portrayed as a military sergeant serving the Allied Nations Peacekeeping Force under Colonel Guile. He is portrayed in this version as a Native American. T. Hawk makes a cameo appearance in Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie, in which he travels to America to seek out and defeat Ken. Despite landing some good blows, T. Hawk is defeated, and he develops a new respect for Ken.
In 2012, Complex magazine ranked T. Hawk as the second most stereotypical character in video games (representing stereotypical Native Americans), commenting, "this fighter sets an entire people back to teepees and scalping" and adding, "Ah Thunderhawk, if you die in a John Wayne movie, it will be only fitting."
- All About Capcom Head-to-Head Fighting Games 1987-2000, pg. 316
- All About Capcom Head-to-Head Fighting Games 1987-2000, pg. 327
- All About Capcom Head-to-Head Fighting Games 1987–2000, pg. 275
- Chad Hunter, The 15 Most Stereotypical Characters In Video Games, Complex.com, May 9, 2010
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