EDIT: Updated transparency issue with some sprites and fixed up some palette color seperation
Mai Shiranui is a character from both the Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters series. Her official nickname is The Alluring Ninja Girl.
She was originally not planned to be included in Fatal Fury at all, as her fighting style was created for a different male ninja. When developers shifted their focus to include an idol character in the series, they decided to scrap the Shiranui man for Mai. Her characteristic "bounce" was loosely modified from a kunoichi (female ninja) method of assassination: to be sensual to their unassuming prey before they strike.
During the development of The King of Fighters '94, Mai's designer wanted to add more animation to her neutral pose. When the designer came back with the "swaying bosom", the developers were awestruck. Due to this pose's potency, however, Mai's eye-popping motions were stilled in the KOF '94 international home version.
In an interview with one of the series designers, Shinkiro, he replies that Mai was the most difficult character to illustrate. He comments "I thought she was going to burst out of her costume..."
- SNK Fandom
Compatible with minotaur, kuromaru, slime, and most baomaru characters. Includes ahegao states for Brian/Donghwan/TOBF