Ingrid was known as the "Eternal Ray"
in Capcom Fighting All-Stars. She is a "Code Holder" who was spontaneously
activated on her own, through something called "Natural
Code". A woman of many mysteries who possesses a unique
power and a heavy fate. She fights in a style that makes fun of her opponent,
through using her mystical powers and small stature. She has
symbols which contain the sun, a bull's horn, a leaf and the
eye of Isis within them. She seems to have a deep connection
with fellow Code Holder, Death.
originally planned to make her debut in Capcom Fighting All Stars, but instead
she debuted in Capcom Fighting Evolution.
Her storyline in the Street Fighter series is as follows: Ingrid is a white
haired beauty from another world. She has strong hatred for the Satsui no Hadou.
Despite her young appearance, she is very wise and potentially very old. She
calls herself the messenger from the stars. While she seems serene, she also
shows signs of cold and power hungry nature. She uses her time traveling
abilities as a way to attain more knowledge of the universe.
Apparently, her source
of power is derived from Psycho Power, yet it is not purely evil like that of M.
Bison; it is likely it is converted into something similar to Rose's
Soul Power. Ingrid claims that she is the true bearer of what is called
"Psycho Power", as she tells Bison that Psycho Power is "her
power" and that Bison has stolen a part of it. It seems that her power is
so intense that if given the chance, she could actually break Ryu's
madness if he ever succumbs to the evil of Satsui no Hadou. Ingrid also
possesses psychic abilities similar to Rose, as she addressed Ryu and Rose by
name even though both never revealed their names to her. Rose, on the other
hand, cannot look into Ingrid's future as she did with other characters.
She states that the
core of the Psycho Drive (M. Bison's power enhancer) actually belonged to her
in the first place, and she intends to take it back. How Bison came into
possession of the item is never exactly explained, though it is similar in
appearance to the crests on her head. When Bison is eventually defeated, she
comments that a regular human being like him couldn't possibly control that
energy, and takes the whole Psycho Drive with her as she leaves. Finally,
Ingrid has the power to travel through time, as she mentions heading to the
year 201X in order to contact Ryu in her ending.
As revealed in
the prologue comic book, Ingrid plays a small role in the background of Street
Fighter X Tekken as the creator of Pandora, who sent the box as a gift to
Earth and to test the conflict that will rise from its power.
Updated: Aug. 19th, 2022
Ingrid is a
"cute" little girl... and a fairly uncommon character archetype for
Capcom to attempt, especially at the time. At first glance, she doesn't even
look like she belongs in a fighting
game. I've always loved female fighters who kick ass... but Ingrid looks like she
should be in a dance competition more than a fighting tournament. Or even... Darkstalkers?
Her "magical" moveset lies somewhere between the like of Darsktalkers
and Street Fighter.
For that reason,
something about her design is appealing, for sure. Thankfully, her actual storyline
was finally fleshed out in SFA3: Max. I think Ingrid turned
out to be fun / silly character to use, although some of her moves/powers are
the top"... even for Street Fighter. The way she can
effortlessly levitate her opponents is hilarious. Also, even if you don't like
her, Ingrid's "compact" 2D sprite is
animated nicely and very impressive. Capcom kinda did their own "SNK
style" sprite with her. On a side note, I love her theme song "Heat Haze"... Catchy
Style / Moveset