Hayate is a Japanese
swordsman from Kukunochi village who is the son of a legendary hero who saved
his village by vanquishing a giant storm named Orochi. He is one of the only
characters in the Street Fighter series to use a sword, utilizing a
unique fighting style. In the Street Fighter EX 2 PLUS Hong Kong comic,
Hayate is based on Garuda before he
wore the cursed mask (but this is not considered / confirmed canon).
Hayate appears in the original Street Fighter EX2, but
does not appear in the arcade version of Street Fighter EX2 Plus. However, he
does appear in the Playstation version as a secret secret character.