What’s up, SRK.
Fighting game characters are some of the most unique and recognizable video game characters ever. Over two decades of fighting games - everything from Street Fighter to Mortal Kombat to Children of the Atom, Guilty Gear, Blazblue, Primal Rage, War Gods, etc., has yielded what probably amounts to hundreds if not over a thousand different characters.
Each of these characters are unique in the way they look and act, in their motivations, outlooks and attitudes.
Those are all fine, but what REALLY draws me in and makes a character memorable are their special moves. You know what I’m talking about: those flashy, badass, physics-murdering, mind-melting, roll-that-stick-then-press-a-button attacks that make or break (or sometimes really break) a fighting game character.
We’re all on SRK and that means we all love fighters, which means that each of us has a few special moves firmly rooted in that ethereal, sacred, holy ground that is the entire body of our existence.
What are yours?
I’ll start off.
George XIII (Rachel Alucard, Blazblue: Calamity Trigger): During my summer of passion with Blazblue, few moves stand out as clearly in my mind as Rachel’s electric frog prince. Besides being an absolutely ridiculous concept, George was actually really useful. You could use Slipheed to push the poor frog across the screen and shock unsuspecting fools. My favorite part though, was the way Rachel so elegantly and pompously called his name every time she summoned him.
**Spinning Piledriver **(Zangief, Street Fighter II): I was probably around 6 and my friend knew how to do Zangief’s SPD. I’d sit there in his living room, trying to mimic him but to no avail. I mean, how the fuck were you supposed to throw someone when your dude jumped up in the air every single time you tried the motion? It wasn’t until I was 15 that I finally got rid of my 360 phobia and I’m happy to say that I now wrestle bears like a champ.
Senkugoshoha (Gouken, Street Fighter IV): Before SFIV, who actually had any idea who Gouken was, what he definitively looked like and how he fought? I was admittedly kinda obsessed with this old dude, and I remember, during the summer of…08’?, when Capcom Japan released an “April Fools” redux of the old Sheng Long joke. Taking a look at the picture though…it was too well detailed, too well made…could it be true? Would Gouken finally make it into a SF game after a decade of waiting? Indeed he did. After snagging my copy of SFIV, I immediately unlocked him and started learning the mysterious elderly master. I have Gouken and his trademark Senkugoshoha aka “rush palm,” to thank for my modern day fixation with fighting games. You brought me back dude, thanks.
Freeze (Sub-Zero, UMK3): I didn’t know what “being salty” meant back when I was a kid, but you knew you found something beautiful and glorious when you beat the other kid so bad that he started crying on his birthday. Hey, it’s not my fault you challenged me to MK without prior knowledge of my time on a Chinese zen mountain practicing QCF motions. Freeze, uppacut, freeze, uppacut. Rinse, wash, repeat until tears start flowing and you get scolded for not playing nice. Deep inside though, everyone at the party knew that little fuck had it coming to him.
Alright, your turn. Favorite supers/hyper combos/desperations/etc. also welcome.