With an impeccable sense of manners and propriety, elegant beauty that holds the gaze of men and women alike, and great skill in poetry and music, Shirayuki has captured the hearts of all in the wintry realm from which she hails. Will those in the mortal realm appreciate her exacting aesthetic tastes? Able to manipulate snow and ice at her whim, she uses her harsh assault to wear enemies down, but her skill as an entertainer also allows her to bolster the power of her allies. Naturally, Shirayuki finds this elegant balance between offense and defense the most fitting.
Shirayuki is based on Yuki-onna, a spirit or yōkai in Japanese folklore. She appears on snowy nights as a tall, beautiful woman with long black hair, blue lips, and inhumanly pale or even transparent skin. She sometimes wears a white kimono, but other legends describe her as nude, with only her face and hair standing out against the snow. She is beautiful and serene, yet at the same time ruthless in killing unsuspecting mortals.
'Shirayuki' most likely stems from 白 (shira) and 雪 (yuki) which together means "white snow" in Japanese.
Her Japanese name, Suzuran (鈴蘭), means Lily of the valley in Japanese. It is a sweetly scented, highly poisonous woodland flowering plant that is native throughout the cool temperate Northern Hemisphere in Asia and Europe.