Laura (ララ・マツダ Rara ) also known by her full name Laura Matsuda (ララ・マツダ Rara Matsuda ), is a character from the Street Fighter series of fighting games. She first appeared in Street Fighter V, she was originally first seen in Famitsu as well as being leaked on Twitter. She was the third of the first four new fighters confirmed for Street Fighter V, the first new female fighter revealed in the game and the third Brazilian fighter to appear in the main game series following Blanka and her younger brother Sean.
Laura has long black hair, the right side being worn loose and the left side starting as cornrow braids before blending with the rest at the back. She has light brown eyes.
She wears a bright green sports bra top with yellow linings and a tie at the centre, matching bright green martial arts pants with yellow linings with a black belt to her waist, it has black and yellow linings and at the center resembles a bright green thong and black ankle wraps on her feet. She also wears several bracelets in different colors similar to Elena's. The color scheme of her outfit matches the Brazilian flag.
Her alternate costume consists of a short sleeved bright green mini shirt which uncovers half of her breasts and the word "bonita" (which means "beautiful" in Brazilian Portuguese) at the center of her mini shirt, denim short shorts with straps of her black thong exposed, brown sandals, yellow and red bracelets in both of her wrists and a red choker on her neck with a gold round at the center of her choker.
Described as "bohemian", Laura has a free spirited and energetic personality and enjoys thrills. Similar to Makoto, she has a desire to promote her family's fighting style. Laura also likes to give advice to others. Her character-specific versus quotes imply that she is also very easy to befriend too.
The older sister of Sean Matsuda, Laura was trained by their grandfather in the art of the family's Matsuda Jiu-Jitsu. When Sean leaves at some point to become Ken Masters' apprentice and pupil, Laura becomes the heir of the art.
Heir to the Matsuda Jiu-Jitsu style, Laura looks for opponents to fight and to promote her fighting style. Before leaving her house to seek strong fighters, she hugs and teases Sean a bit. She encounters Birdie and offers him a free meal if they fight, afterwards Laura asks Birdie if he knows any strong fighters to which he points her in the direction of Karin. After their fight, Laura asks her if she knows any strong fighters, Karin replies by telling her about Ryu, after finding and fighting the wandering warrior, he talks about the Satsui no Hado. Later on, Laura meets and fights against Zangief who gives her tickets to a wrestling scouting event.
At some point during R. Mika's prologue story, Laura is fighting against R. Mika in a wrestling match while Zangief is watching both of them. Before her match with R. Mika is interrupted, Laura happily states that she was tougher than she thought.
In the main story, she is shown to be excited about something.
Fighting Style and Gameplay
Her fighting style is "Matsuda Jiu-Jitsu", an original martial art inspired by the real-life art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Laura uses grappling techniques and breaking throws. Some of her kicking moves are similar to Elena's Rhino Horn and she is able to manipulate electricity similar to Blanka. Her Thunder Clap projectile works in a similar fashion to Juri's Fuhajin and some of her special attacks include grabbing her opponent and break their leg while another involves slamming the opponent to the ground and breaking their arm.
When Laura uses her V-Trigger, Spark Show, her Thunder Clap projectile flies further, she deals more stun on her attacks and grabs, and moves around further during her Linear Movements. Her Critical Art, the Inazuma Spin Hold, has her grabbing the opponent in a tornado fashion in mid air and slams them to the ground, forming a lightning strike as she spins her opponent in a electric dodge ball (similar to Blanka's first Ultra Combo in the Street Fighter IV games) to finish her opponent with a headlock.
- Laura is the heaviest playable female character in the Street Fighter series.
- She is the first playable grappler fighter in the series with a projectile.
- Laura shares some similarities to Eddy Gordo, Christie Monteiro and Katarina Alves from the Tekken series; all four of them being Brazilian fighters, sharing a similar outfit with the first fighter and a similar lively and seductive attitude with the last two fighters.
- Whenever Laura summons her electric projectile, she is seen in a pose that involves both her hands touching her hair. This is also shown in her intro, outro and her selection pose. This was later confirmed as being the way she generates static electricity via her first V-Comment, which says "Anyone can release electricity! Rub your hair a little, and zap! Electricity!"
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