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The Top 50 Fighting Game Characters - The Newest Exhibit at the Valdez Museum of Video Game Box Art

WildcatJF

Merry Honkidays
(he / his / him)
Also she has a cheerleader outfit.
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........why wasn't THIS on the Wikia
 

Purple

(She/Her)
I cannot stress enough that like Uno, you already have this game. It came with your Xbox. It also came with the really confusingly named "Xbox" game launcher app bundled with Windows that you almost certainly didn't know you had.
 

WildcatJF

Merry Honkidays
(he / his / him)
Hello!

No pretenses today. I'm writing to say that I'm considering calling an early end to this contest. I feel that between losing Finn in the middle of doing this, the long hiatuses, and the way the plot has progressed with an extreme meta slant that I expect NONE of you to comprehend fully, I've hit a point where I'm not getting a lot of engagement in this...which is kind of the point of a forum contest?

I'm also looking at the rest of the year and beyond, and I'm just feeling I need to put this creative energy into other areas soon, and get back to doing "regular" comics with these characters.

I'd be happy to share the final list and the next comics I prepped for last weekend, but I'm definitely of a mood that this was an experiment that didn't quite pan out. Which is a major reason I ran it as a side contest and not a mainline one.

I'll ruminate on this, but please feel free to add thoughts on how this has been going.
 

Daikaiju

Rated Ages 6+
(He, Him)
Hey, if you're not enjoying yourself, that's fine and well. Personally I didn't vote (it would have been just Chun-Li and Sakura via Pocket/Gem Fighter), so I have little stake I admit.
Is there someone who could pick up the torch and finish? I know we have a lot of fighting game fans.
 

WildcatJF

Merry Honkidays
(he / his / him)
Asking someone else to finish the list doesn't quite resonate with me. Mainly because I've put so much of...well, me into it. If someone else took over, I think it would be awkward for them to either continue onward with what I've done with my characters/lore OR just strip it out.
 

Kirin

Summon for hire
(he/him)
Do what ya gotta, for sure, but just as a data point I've still been reading with interest even if I haven't had a ton to say about the last few entries.

And while I can't claim to be *fully* keeping up with all the WildcatJF-verse goings-on, I don't mind the meta-commentary or shenanigans on the side at all, it's a good time.

If it's just not a project that's clicking with you at the moment that's fine, but I'd definitely be interested in seeing the final list if you do decide to set it aside for good. Or just take a break! Whatever works for you.
 

WildcatJF

Merry Honkidays
(he / his / him)
Thank you both for commenting, btw. I started working right when I was writing my last reply, lol. I appreciate the kind words!
 

Torzelbaum

????? LV 13 HP 292/ 292
(he, him, his)
Do what ya gotta, for sure, but just as a data point I've still been reading with interest even if I haven't had a ton to say about the last few entries.

And while I can't claim to be *fully* keeping up with all the WildcatJF-verse goings-on, I don't mind the meta-commentary or shenanigans on the side at all, it's a good time.

If it's just not a project that's clicking with you at the moment that's fine, but I'd definitely be interested in seeing the final list if you do decide to set it aside for good. Or just take a break! Whatever works for you.
Just call me Kirin's Echo Fighter because the same more or less applies for me.
 

WildcatJF

Merry Honkidays
(he / his / him)
Thanks Torzelbaum.

I've decided to let this end. If I decide to come back to it, I'll say something, but I suspect I'm ready to let this go.

Here's the full list:
Character/SeriesTotal Points
Chun-Li (Street Fighter)
165​
Terry Bogard (Garou/KoF)
159​
Vega (Street Fighter)
140​
Leona Heidern (KoF)
138​
King (Tekken)
123​
Shermie (KoF)
123​
Iori Yagami (KoF)
117​
Blanka (Street Fighter)
116​
Morrigan Aensland (Darkstalkers)
109​
Cammy White (Street Fighter)
102​
King (Art of Fighting/KoF)
98​
Yoshimitsu (Tekken)
90​
Lilith (Darkstalkers series)
87​
Voldo (Soul Calibur)
86​
Vanessa (KoF)
85​
Justice (Guilty Gear series)
84​
B.Jenet (Garou/KoF)
79​
Spinal (Killer Instinct)
78​
Vice (KoF)
77​
M. Bison (Street Fighter)
76​
Zangief (Street Fighter)
75​
Ivy Valentine (Soul Calibur)
74​
Blue Mary Ryan (Garou/KoF)
72​
Nakoruru (Samurai Shodown)
72​
Sagat (Street Fighter)
70​
Scorpion (Mortal Kombat)
69​
Wolfgang Krauser (Fatal Fury/KoF)
66​
Bridget (Guilty Gear)
63​
Chizuru Kagura (The King of Fighters series)
63​
Mature (KoF)
63​
Poison (Street Fighter)
63​
Ryu (Street Fighter)
62​
Q (Street Fighter)
61​
Akuma (Street Fighter)
57​
Geese Howard (Fatal Fury/KoF/AoF)
56​
Riptor (Killer Instinct)
55​
Sub-Zero (Mortal Kombat)
55​
Nightmare (Soul Cailbur)
54​
Kuma (Tekken)
53​
Lord Raptor (Darkstalkers)
53​
Jaycee (Tekken)
50​
Ken Masters (Street Fighter)
50​
Duck King (Fatal Fury/KoF)
48​
Hisako (Killer Instinct)
48​
Jedah (Darkstalkers)
48​
Mai Shiranui (Fatal Fury/KoF)
47​
Dhalsim (Street Fighter)
46​
Hildegard von Krone (Soul Calibur)
46​
Ash Crimson (The King of Fighters)
45​
Luong (KoF)
44​
Peacock (Skull Girls)
44​
Goro (Mortal Kombat)
40​
Baiken (Guilty Gear)
39​
Captain Commando (MvC)
39​
Heihachi Mishima (Tekken)
35​
Leroy Smith (Tekken)
35​
Testament (Guilty Gear series)
35​
Asuka Kazama (Tekken)
34​
Galford (Samurai Shodown)
34​
Lucky Chloe (Tekken)
34​
Sabrewulf (Killer Instinct)
34​
Sheeva (Mortal Kombat)
34​
Sophitia (Soul Calibur)
34​
Ayane (Dead or Alive)
33​
B.B. Hood (Darkstalkers/MvC)
33​
El Blaze (Virtua Fighter)
33​
Hanzo (Samurai Shodown)
33​
I-No (Guilty Gear)
33​
Kano (Mortal Kombat)
33​
Makoto (Street Fighter)
33​
Oro (Street Fighter)
33​
Ralf Jones (King of Fighters)
33​
Sakura Kasugano (Street Fighter)
33​
Shao Kahn (Mortal Kombat)
33​
Talim (Soul Calibur)
33​
Talon (Primal Rage)
33​
Armadon (Primal Rage)
32​
Aska (TMNT Tournament Fighters)
32​
Huitzil (Darkstalkers)
32​
May (Guilty Gear)
32​
Ray (Fighter's History)
32​
Akira Kazama (Rival Schools/SF)
31​
Olivia (Battle Fantasia)
31​
Seth (Street Fighter)
31​
Vertigo (Primal Rage)
31​
Lei Wulong (Tekken)
30​
Rock Howard (Garou/KoF)
30​
Sarah Bryant (Virtua Fighter)
30​
Sauron (Primal Rage)
30​
Dudley (Street Fighter)
29​
Hauzer (Red Earth)
29​
Isla (KoF)
29​
Karel Werfel (Senko no Ronde)
29​
Kilik (Soul Calibur)
29​
Ukyo (Samurai Shodown)
29​
Hsien-Ko (Darkstalkers)
28​
Juri Han (Street Fighter)
28​
Kimberly (Street Fighter)
28​
Rashid (Street Fighter)
28​
Sasquatch (Darkstalkers)
28​
Alex (Street Fighter)
27​
Charlotte (Samurai Shodown)
27​
Jin Kazama (Tekken)
27​
Motaro (MK)
27​
Beetle Mania (King of the Monsters)
26​
Hwoarang (Tekken)
26​
Jin Saotome (Cyberbots/MvC)
26​
Kyo Kusanagi (The King of Fighters series)
26​
Miguel Caballero Rojo (Tekken)
26​
Ryoko (Fighter's History)
26​
TJ Combo (Killer Instinct)
26​
Ashley (Battle Fantasia)
25​
Cervantes de Leon (Soul Calibur)
25​
Felicia (Darkstalkers series)
25​
Gen-an (Samurai Shodown)
25​
Miss X (SNK Gals Fighter)
25​
Politank Z (Waku Waku 7)
25​
Shuma-Gorath (Marvel vs Capcom)
25​
Anakaris (Darkstalkers)
24​
Kliff (Guilty Gear)
24​
Seong Mi-na (Soul Calibur)
24​
Shen Woo (KoF)
24​
Whip (KoF)
24​
Arukane (Blazblue)
23​
Darun Mister (Street Fighter EX/Fighting Layer)
23​
Jenny/Fox (Bloody Roar)
23​
Zappa (Guilty Gear)
23​
Dan Hibiki (Street Fighter)
22​
Katarina Alves (Tekken)
22​
Kojiroh (The Last Blade)
22​
Marisa (Street Fighter)
22​
Rose (Street Fighter)
22​
Emilie De Rochefort (Tekken)
21​
Roger (Tekken)
21​
Rugal Bernstein (KoF)
21​
Shizumaru (Samurai Shodown)
21​
Captain Falcon (Smash Brothers)
20​
J. Talbain (Darkstalkers)
20​
Maya (Killer Instinct)
20​
Raiden (Mortal Kombat)
20​
Reptile (Mortal Kombat)
20​
Angel (KoF)
19​
Faust (Guilty Gear)
19​
Joon Yorigami (Touhou Project)
19​
Mike Haggar (Saturday Night Slam Masters)
19​
Aria (Killer Instinct)
18​
Athena Asamiya (King of Fighters)
18​
Benimaru Nikaidou (The King of Fighters)
18​
Bob Richards (Tekken)
18​
Captain Kidd (World Heroes)
18​
King of Dinosaurs (King of Fighters)
18​
Setsuna (The Last Blade)
18​
C Viper (Street Fighter)
17​
E. Honda (Street Fighter)
17​
Kokonoe Mercury (BlazBlue)
17​
Lucky Glauber (The King of Fighters series)
17​
Millia Rage (Guilty Gear)
17​
Mizuki (Samurai Shodown)
17​
Skullomania (Fighting Layer/SF EX)
17​
Yuri Sakazaki (Art of Fighting/KoF)
17​
Armor King (Tekken)
16​
Hakan (Street Fighter)
16​
Natsu Ayuhara (Rival Schools)
16​
Shiki (Samurai Shodown)
16​
Dimitri Maximoff (Darkstalkers)
15​
K' (King of Fighters)
15​
Olcemden (Soul Calibur)
15​
Potemkin (Guilty Gear)
15​
Ruby Heart (MvC)
15​
Sareena (Mortal Kombat)
15​
Amakusa Shiro Tokisada (Samurai Shodown)
14​
Beartank (Rakuga Kids)
14​
Bonus-kun (Waku Waku 7)
14​
Hokuto (Street Fighter)
14​
Kineticlops (War of the Monsters)
14​
Siegfried Schtauffen (Soul Calibur)
14​
Android 21 (Dragon Ball FighterZ)
13​
Angela Belti (Power Instinct)
13​
Cham Cham (Samurai Shodown series)
13​
Hisomi (Ultra Fight Da! Kyanta 2)
13​
Mikado (Bushido Blade)
13​
Preytor (War of the Monsters)
13​
Elliana (Rivals of Aether)
12​
Goh Hinogami (Virtua Fighter)
12​
Paul Phoenix (Tekken)
12​
Setsuna Saizuki (Evil Zone)
12​
Victor von Gerdenheim (Darkstalkers)
12​
Henri Xia Xiaotien (Senko no Ronde)
11​
Nicotine Caffeine (Samurai Shodown)
11​
Tamaki Shindou (Asuka 120%)
11​

And here's the comics I had for our other #36:
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Yep, right when I introduced Pestilence proper, lol.

So we'll see how things go about a revival later. For now tho, letting this go is making me feel better, and that's what I need at the moment.

Thanks for reading and for voting, friends.
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
King was always my go to in Tekken 7 and Tekken Tag 2, which I played almost every day when I was living in Korea. I even got that weird little card so I could customize my character! I love wrestler characters.

And while I didn't play Zangief a lot... a legend.


Q is really cool.

Not surprised but glad Poison made it.
 

Peklo

Oh! Create!
(they/them, she/her)
The picks:
  1. Justice from Guilty Gear
  2. Wolfgang Krauser from Fatal Fury
  3. Ayane from Dead or Alive
  4. Chizuru Kagura from The King of Fighters
  5. King from Tekken
  6. Sarah Bryant from Virtua Fighter
  7. Leona Heidern from The King of Fighters
  8. Isabella Valentine from Soulcalibur
  9. Alex from Street Fighter
  10. Morrigan Aensland from Darkstalkers
  11. Nakoruru from Samurai Shodown
  12. Baiken from Guilty Gear
  13. Darun Mister from Street Fighter
  14. Mai Shiranui from Fatal Fury
  15. Emilie De Rochefort from Tekken
  16. Ash Crimson from The King of Fighters
  17. Joon Yorigami from Touhou Project
  18. Shermie from The King of Fighters
  19. Mizuki from Samurai Shodown
  20. Natsu Ayuhara from Rival Schools
  21. I-No from Guilty Gear
  22. Hokuto from Street Fighter
  23. Juri Han from Street Fighter
  24. Setsuna Saizuki from Evil Zone
  25. Tamaki Shindou from Asuka 120%
The only thing holding me back from voting for Poison was thinking the guideline about voting only for fighter-original characters being an ironclad rule, but apparently I misinterpreted that. No misgivings about what I ended up with, though.
 

WildcatJF

Merry Honkidays
(he / his / him)
Poison appeared playable in more fighters than in her own beat-em-up franchise, so I allowed it (same with Haggar, actually, haha).

Feel free to share your lists! Here's my top 25:
  1. Iori Yagami (KoF)
  2. Vega (Street Fighter)
  3. Leona Heidern (KoF)
  4. Sagat (Street Fighter)
  5. Akira Kazama (Rival Schools/SF)
  6. Rock Howard (Garou/KoF)
  7. Isla (KoF)
  8. Kimberly (Street Fighter)
  9. Nightmare (Soul Cailbur)
  10. Jin Saotome (Cyberbots/MvC)
  11. Blue Mary Ryan (Garou/KoF)
  12. Whip (KoF)
  13. Chun-Li (Street Fighter)
  14. Kojiroh (The Last Blade)
  15. Rugal Bernstein (KoF)
  16. Terry Bogard (Garou/KoF)
  17. Sakura Kasugano (Street Fighter)
  18. Setsuna (The Last Blade)
  19. Millia Rage (Guilty Gear)
  20. Shiki (Samurai Shodown)
  21. Juri Han (Street Fighter)
  22. B.B. Hood (Darkstalkers/MvC)
  23. Captain Commando (MvC)
  24. Cammy White (Street Fighter)
  25. King (Art of Fighting/KoF)
Captain Commando was another I made an exception for, seeing as his two MvC appearances was more than his own franchise (of one, I don't count the US choices to make his earlier corporate mascot persona the protagonist in some NES games, for instance).
 

Kirin

Summon for hire
(he/him)
Here's my picks. Namco-heavy 'cause that's what I've spent the most time with, though I also realized after the list had started that I blanked on a few entire franchises with characters I might have included. Also my ordering here is *super* arbitrary and would immediately change if I did it again, probably more-so than most lists.

01. Heihachi Mishima - evil grandpa par excellance, faces supernatural hijinks with spite alone
02. Asuka Kazama - yeah, she's Tekken's Sakura, but she's cool
03. Talim - acrobatic girl with tonfa is very my style
04. Kuma (Tekken) - why not a bear. secretly also a vote for Panda ;)
05. Voldo - creepy AF, lot of cool concept in this weirdo
06. Lei Wulong - who doesn't want to play as Jackie Chan
07. Yoshimitsu - crazy techno-ninja gets to do all kinds of things in multiple series
08. Hsien-Ko/Lei-Lei - the ghost girl with the most accessories
09. Jin Kazama - the standard protag with a dark side, but didn't show up til game 2
10. Hwoarang - best bud, ambiguous yaoi-fodder, cool taekwondo moves
11. Cervantes de Leon - maybe a ghost, definitely a pirate
12. Seong Mi-na - girl with a naginata is also my style
13. Chun-Li - original token female character still holds up, has fun moves
14. Dhalsim - one of the wildest move-sets of the old school characters
15. Roger (Tekken) - why not a kangaroo
16. Hildegard von Krone - cool knight, sword/spear combo is a lot of fun
17. Haggar - everyone's favorite wrestle-mayor
18. Terry Bogard - buster wolf! Are you alright??
19. Nakoruru - birds are the best accessory
20. May (GG) - just a tiny girl with an anchor that should be 5x her weight
21. Siegfried Schtauffen - sometimes you just need a ridiculously huge sword
22. Blanka - why is he electric? Who knows, it's fun
23. Mikado - Bushido Blade represent
24. Paul Phoenix - who needs Ken and Guile when you can have both at once?
25. Dan Hibiki - oyajiiiiiiiiiiii
 

Torzelbaum

????? LV 13 HP 292/ 292
(he, him, his)
Here's my list:
  1. Blanka (Street Fighter)
  2. Galford (Samurai Shodown)
  3. Hanzo (Samurai Shodown)
  4. Ray (Fighter's History)
  5. Cammy (Street Fighter)
  6. Vega (Street Fighter)
  7. Ukyo (Samurai Shodown)
  8. Zangief (Street Fighter)
  9. Charlotte (Samurai Shodown)
  10. Ryoko (Fighter's History)
  11. Gen-an (Samurai Shodown)
  12. Dhalsim (Street Fighter)
  13. Akuma (Street Fighter)
  14. Rose (Street Fighter)
  15. Shizumaru (Samurai Shodown)
  16. J. Talbain (Darkstalkers)
  17. Scorpion (Mortal Kombat)
  18. C. Kidd (World Heroes)
  19. Skullomania (Street Fighter EX)
  20. May (Guilty Gear)
  21. Potemkin (Guilty Gear)
  22. Bonus-kun (Waku Waku 7)
  23. Angela Belti (Power Instinct)
  24. King (Tekken)
  25. Nicotine Caffeine (Samurai Shodown)
Zangief, Ryoko, Potemkin and King: I love tossing fools around.

Blanka, Gen-an, Dhalsim, Bonus-Kun: I like freaks and weirdos. Especially if they have a different playstyle (like Dhalsim).

Charlotte: (Not the one with Jonathan.) Classy French fencer lady. One of my favorites from the very first SamSho. I feel like the 2019 game did her a terrible disservice by giving her the sexy Halloween costume version of her classic outfit.

Akuma: I felt I needed some Shoto representation but I felt the others were too generic. I've always thought Akuma had a pretty wicked design and playstyle and I've always enjoyed playing as him so he was an easy pick.

Rose: An interesting character with some unique mechanics that make her fun to play as but challenging. And a classy lady as well.

Shizumaru: A polite young man with an unusual but still deadly weapon - a Japanese umbrella / wagasa.

J. Talbain: A flash-kicking, nunchuck wielding werewolf with command grabs and flying torpedo attacks that surround him in a glowing aura/trail? I'm all for it.

Nicotine Caffeine: Such a crock. When he yells out some of his attack names they are sort of annoying but also somehow delightful at the same time.

just a tiny girl with an anchor that should be 5x her weight
And aquatic friends who she has weaponized. Totsugeki!
 
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