|“||A strong fighter is not one who always wins, but one who stands after defeat.||„|
Sagat (サガット Sagatto) is a recurring character in the Street Fighter series. He was originally a boss character in the early editions of the series. He was later turned into a regular, playable character. Sagat is also referred to as "The Emperor of Muay Thai", "The King of Muay Thai" or "The God of Muay Thai" in the games. Many Thais believe that Sagat is based on a real-life Muay Thai fighter named Sagat Petchyindee (สกัด เพชรยินดี), but Capcom has never confirmed this.
Since Street Fighter Alpha, Sagat has been voiced by Shinichirou Miki. In SVC Chaos: SNK vs. Capcom, Sagat was voiced by Kouji Suizu. In the live-action Street Fighter movie, he was portrayed by well-known Native American actor Wes Studi.
Sagat encompasses a stereotypical "proud fighter" personality, since he is very powerful and strong-willed, as well as hard-working; he is dedicated in body and spirit to martial arts life. His uncommon physical appearance makes him menacing, hideous and downright unfriendly at first glance, which holds true to a certain extent.
In contrast to his initially violent and sometimes cruel nature, Sagat appreciates opponents that are worthy and of strong character, and greatly despises taking unfair or dishonest advantages in combat. His more honorable traits come to the forefront during his storyline development, and his pride gives way to an honesty of sorts similar to Ryu, his purpose now defined by the "heart of battle".
Sagat's win quotes show him to be a proud and belittling man; this has long since given way to a more honest, advisory side, that still contains his characteristic straight-to-the-point bluntness, which is present to a fault. Despite his seemingly cruel mannerisms, Sagat has a capacity for goodness, as seen in Street Fighter X Tekken, where he helps Dhalsim find and rescue missing village children. Even when offered the mighty power of Pandora, Sagat refuses saying that, as a "king" he doesn't need it, and makes the children's safety his top propriety.