Hi Hakan people.
Let me start this off by saying that I love everything about Hakan. I love how the character designers made him a loving father and husband so that american audiences wouldn’t associate oil wrestling to homosexuality. I love that he doesn’t seem to take himself seriously. I love that his moves are funny to watch. I love that he has unique mechanics like crisco-ing and oiling. I love how his moves look. I have not come across a single thing about Hakan that I don’t like.
I currently main Chun-Li, but I’ve been having a character crisis since about six months ago, when I started becoming a competitive player and taking the game seriously. I don’t feel the same way about Chun-Li that I do about Hakan. I was playing CitizenCIA in a tournament this past weekend, and seeing Hakan in action renewed my interest in him. However, I came to the realization that I associate with “bad” (putting that in quotes because that is the prevailing opinion, not my own) characters: in MvC2 my team had Servbot on it. In the SFIV series, my favorite characters are (in no particular order) Hakan, Dan and El Fuerte. I played Twelve in Third Strike. When I get an Xbox and Ultimate MvC3, the team that I want to play is M.O.D.O.K., Arthur, Hsien-Ko. In Mario Kart Wii, I like playing King Boo.
Sorry, I have a tendency to ramble a bit. I’m getting to my point, I promise.
Do any of you like/play Hakan purely because he is viewed as a “bad” character? Do any of you share my apparent attachment to “bad” characters across all games? I also wonder if any of you see any correlation between how interesting a character is (though I understand that this is subjective) and how likely that character is to be viewed as “good”.
To summarize, I want to play Hakan, but I want to make sure that I want to play Hakan because he is the right character for me, not just because I think it’s funny (which isn’t to say that shouldn’t have any influence on my choice; don’t we all play the game to have fun, to some extent?).
TL;DR: convince me that I want to play Hakan.