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Insider shares new details about T. Hawk's creation in Street Fighter 2, capturing Native American culture while avoiding stereotypes

Insider shares new details about T. Hawk's creation in Street Fighter 2, capturing Native American culture while avoiding stereotypes










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T. Hawk may not be on the starting line up of Street Fighter stars, but he’s certainly one the franchise’s most beloved from the bench. The towering Native American joined the fray back in Street Fighter 2 and has made a few appearances since, and the latest video from Top Hat Gaming Man details not only his story thus far, but also offers new details on Hawk’s initial creation from insiders who helped shape him.






Steve Patton, who came from a Native American family, was brought in as a consultant to help Capcom with Hawk’s initial design. This led to the character appearing significantly different than original plans might have otherwise led to.









One of Capcom’s major themes in Street Fighter is represent warriors from around the world, creating a melting pot atmosphere where all could potentially dance with and crash into (we’re talking about hand to hand combat, after all) one another.


The creation of Super Street Fighter 2 took place during the early 1990’s and Native Americans were often portrayed through a select handful of cultural references.


Street Fighter aimed at highlighting fight styles and cultures, but also excelled at creating over the top characters that would communicate as much information and representation as efficiently as possible.


T. Hawk’s original design saw him with a much more elaborate headdress, (warbonnet) and while you surely could find such accessories in the culture, it was something that was overused and tired.


“They had to be more than just characters, they had to have character,” says Patton. “So, my aim was to, at the very least, avoid making him racially offensive as best I could.”


There’s more to the story as Patton offers further insight and Top Hat Gaming Man covers the rest of T. Hawk’s evolution through the Alpha and Street Fighter 4 years. Check it all out via the embed below and let us know if you learned anything interesting in the comments.









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