Ok guys, you’ve heard the news that Tekken 7 is already in progress and is probably just around the corner. I am sure that the Tekken team of developers, producers and artists won’t disappoint us Tekken fans with this upcoming installment and probably the conclusion to the main plot. While everybody’s fussing about stuff like new game features, new story elements, new characters, new special moves, new combos, my main thought was on one thing:

What will happen to Julia Chang in Tekken 7?


Julia Chang has been my primary character since Tekken 3 (Tekken 3 was the first Tekken game I’ve played) and through the years, I’ve studied her moves and at the same time her storyline. What fascinates me with Julia is primarily her fighting style. I find it a combination of Chinese martial arts combined with elements of professional wrestling throw moves (death valley bomb, various suplexes, bulldogs, frankensteiner, etc). I even back tracked to Tekken 1 and Tekken 2 and discovered Julia wasn’t the original practitioner of her fighting style. Michelle was Julia’s predecessor during those games and naturally, I found Michelle’s moves a “toned-down” version of Julia’s.

From playing Julia, I can say that she’s definitely beginner-friendly but not a button-masher type. Her strategy can be extremely confusing at the hands of a skilled player. This is because her tactics rely on high-low mixture attack combinations. Plus, she has several launchers and lots of moves that maintain safe distance against her opponents. She’s also a good juggler in the Tekken series. However, the downsides I find from Julia are her frames. She has somewhat slow recovery time when executing some of her attacks which could leave her vulnerable. In order to succeed in a battle using Julia, one must know her key moves and execute it at the right opportunity. Defense and guarding is also necessary. Carelessly executing some her moves will just leave her vulnerable to punishment.

As the Tekken series progressed, Julia’s fighting style also improved dramatically. And by Tekken Tag 2, she has now a majority of pro wrestling moves and throws. It is no secret that in the Tekken Tag 2 installment, the character “Jaycee” was obviously Julia Chang in disguise armed with professional wrestling moves while still retaining her key kung fu moves. Despite Tekken Tag 2 not being canon, it was explained that Julia was convinced by her friend to take the place of an injured female pro wrestler and Julia hesitantly did. Some Julia fans responded positively to Jaycee’s arrival because of her flashy and effective wrestling moves and throws. It’s also noticeable in personality; Jaycee is more aggressive and outgoing than Julia’s “nature-loving” persona. However, there were also some fans that had negative reviews to Jaycee, preferring Julia’s “vanilla” style over Jaycee’s outrageous and over-the-top wrestling moves.

Now that Tekken 7 has arrived, what fate awaits Julia Chang/Jaycee? It is important to note that this installment will run on a canon storyline. If we track back, the latest canon installment was Tekken 6/BR. In my opinion, here are some possible scenarios that will take place in Tekken 7 (I have ruled out Michelle’s return since there is an “unofficial” Tekken rule where ladies above 40 aren’t allowed to fight https://infamouskarl.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/6/ ):

SCENARIO 1 – Julia IN; Jaycee OUT


This is the mostly likely scenario that will play out. Tekken 7 will be based on the events after Tekken 6. Julia Chang will be back and will retain her original fighting style (I call it 80% Kung Fu + 20% Wrestling Moves). However, Julia’s canon story has becoming bland lately. In Tekken 3, she was trying to rescue Michelle, who was kidnapped by the Mishima Conglomerate. In Tekken 4, she has become active in reforestation activities but her work was stolen by the Mishima conglomerate so she joins the tournament to get it back. In Tekken 5, Julia was romantically pursued by Ganryu, who gave her back her stolen work. In Tekken 6, Julia entered the tournament to prevent the clash of Kazuya Mishima and Jin Kazama, which could bring chaos to the world. I think the producers really need to provide her a better story for Tekken 7.

SCENARIO 2 – Julia OUT; Jaycee IN


This scenario might also be considered. Given the possibility that TTT2 Players have become accustomed to Jaycee’s fighting style (30% Kung Fu + 70% Wrestling Moves), Jaycee’s storyline might be retconned as canon. However, I am just curious on how are the producers gonna fit Jaycee’s storyline with the Tekken 7 plot…

SCENARIO 3 – Julia IN; Jaycee IN


There are 3 sub-scenarios that are possible under this:

3.1 – The default character is Julia but will have a “Jaycee” mode and (Vise Versa). This is similar to Kazuya morphing to Devil Kazuya or Jin Kazama morphing to Devil Jin. This is very unlikely because this only happened back in TTT and TTT2 which are both non-canon.

3.2 – Julia AND Jaycee will both be playable and have their own slot in the character roster. However, they are different persons. “Jaycee” will be the injured female wrestler back in TTT2. Another unlikely option since no further information has been said about the non-canon injured female wrestler.

3.3 – Julia AND Jaycee will both be playable and have their own slot in the character roster. However, Julia AND Jaycee are one and the same person. This is similar to Tekken 6 where Jin Kazama and Devil Jin having their own set of distinct moves. A possible option.. but still unlikely.

SCENARIO 4 – Julia OUT; Jaycee OUT


Please don’t let this happen!!!!!!!!!!!! OK, Julia’s story in the Tekken series might be getting bland and this might be a possible reason for her to be dropped. But please, there are many Julia players out there who have been accustomed to Julia’s style and have appreciated her gameplay throughout the entire Tekken series. Also, in the recent installments (especially the canon ones), no character has been dropped. This is most unlikely to happen 🙂

So what do y’all think?

Scenario 1?  <<— My vote

Scenario 2?

Scenario 3.1?

Scenario 3.2?

Scenario 3.3?

Scenario 4?










Let’s now visit our final region: Oceania. The first country on our list is Papua New Guinea, which is home to World Heroes’ Mudman. Depicted as a shaman and warrior of his tribe, Mudman is easily the standout character of the World Heroes series due to his oversized mask that covers half of his body and his bizarre fighting style consisting of summoning spirits and mask-spinning attacks. One real-life reference I noticed about Mudman’s design is his blonde hair. Natural blonde hair is usually found among peoples of European origin, however natural blonde hair is also present among Melanesian peoples, who form the majority group in Papua New Guinea.

World Heroes: Mudman



We now arrive at our final destination, the land down under: Australia. The country/continent is home to a number of memorable fighting characters as well. We have infamous gang leaders, Mr. Big and Kano; Raiden, a professional wrestler; Craig Marduk, a huge Vale Tudo fighter; Lord Raptor, a zombie rock star; the demon-possessed Zappa; Jeffry McWild, an Aboriginal Australian fisherman; and genetically-altered kangaroos, Roger and Roger Jr.

Tekken: Craig Marduk, Roger, Roger Jr.

Fatal Fury: Raiden

Art of Fighting: Mr. Big

Mortal Kombat: Kano

Virtua Fighter: Jeffry McWild

Darkstalkers: Lord Raptor

Guilty Gear: Zappa




Well, there it is! I hope you enjoyed our World Tour of Fighting Video Game Characters. I know this might be an incomplete list but these are the games that I have encountered so far. There might be newer and cooler characters developed in the future. I will surely make a review of them.









We now arrive at the continent of North America. Let’s start with the country of Canada. We are introduced to 7 Canadian male characters: Sheen Genus, a blonde professional wrestler; Maxima, a cybernetically enhanced secret agent; Wolf Hawkfield, a First Nations professional wrestler; Damian Shade, a very loyal and devoted servant to his master; Sasquatch, the mysterious Bigfoot creature who was probably inspired from the abominable snowman;  Abigail, a hulking ex-thug ironically given a feminine name; and Rig, a cryptic oil platform worker specializing in Taekwondo. Almost all human characters are White/European descent and while Wolf is tagged as a member of the First Nations (non-Inuit aboriginal peoples of Canada), his pale skin, red hair and strong European features might suggest that he is actually Métis (mixed European and aboriginal).

Aggressors of Dark Kombat: Sheen Genus

King of Fighters: Maxima

Virtua Fighter: Wolf Hawkfield

Power Instinct: Damian Shade

Darkstalker: Sasquatch

Street Fighter: Abigail

Dead or Alive: Rig



Let’s now move towards the United States of America. Second to Japanese video game characters, American video game characters rank second in terms of number of characters. However, American characters boast a diversity of plots, storylines, themes and fighting styles. Almost every existing theme in fighting video games, they’ve got it! Common themes include: the All-American cool guy, powerful professional boxers, no-nonsense soldiers, young martial arts masters, boisterous professional wrestlers, athletic sportsmen, laid back secret agents, rhythmic dancers and hot babes who can kick ass. I also observed that there are American characters (mostly White) who are enthusiasts of Asian arts and culture. Another observation is that most Native American characters are themed as being deeply spiritual and are defenders of nature. Some characters are also presented with accents reflecting their story backgrounds (father and daughter Bass and Tina Armstrong speaks with a Southern accent, some black characters like Balrog and Zack speak in an Inner city/urban accent). A number of video game boss characters also hail from the United States. When it comes to fighting styles, American characters utilize several styles which include: Professional boxing, Chinese martial arts, kickboxing (including Muay Thai), Ninjutsu, Karate, professional wrestling and sword fighting.

Reflecting America’s multicultural and ethnic diversity, American characters have different racial backgrounds: Majority of American characters are White Americans; 4 of them reference their specific ancestry (Rock is an Englishman who washed upon the shores of the native Apache tribes; Franco Bash is of Italian descent while Rolento and Doctrine Dark are of German descent). They are followed by Black/African Americans (who form the majority of Black/African-descent video game characters), Native Americans and Asian Americans (Guy is ethnic Japanese; Li Xiangfei, Marshall and Forest Law are all ethnic Chinese). There are also 5 multiracial American characters (Ken Masters is 3/4 Japanese and 1/4 White; Alice Garnet Nakata is 3/4 White and 1/4 Japanese; Michelle Chang is part Chinese/part Native American; Leon is probably a Latino American which may suggest he is a mix of European and Amerindian origin; Diego is a Mexican American and his mixed European and Amerindian features are evident).

Fatal Fury: Alfred Airhawk, Andy Bogard, Axel Hawk, Blue Mary, Duck King, Franco Bash, Geese Howard, Grant (Abel Cameron), Kain R. Heinlein, Kevin Rian, Li Xiangfei, Michael Max, Rick Strowd, Rock Howard, Terry Bogard, Alice Garnet Nakata

King of Fighters: Brian Battler, Clark Still, Heavy D!, Lucky Glauber, Mignon Beart, Ninon Beart, Ralf Jones, Seth

Art of Fighting: Jack Turner, John Crawley, Lenny Creston, Mickey Rogers, Rody Birts

Samurai Shodown: Black Hawk, Draco, Earthquake, Galford D. Weller

World Heroes: Johnny Maximum, Muscle Power

Street Fighter: Alex, Allen Snider, Balrog, Charlie Nash, Cody Travers, Cracker Jack, Crimson Viper, Doctrine Dark (Holger), Guile, Guy, Joe, Ken Masters, Mike, Poison Kiss, Rolento Schugerg, Rufus, Sodom

Darkstalkers: Felicia

Rival Schools: Boman Delgado, Roy Bromwell, Tiffany Lords

Dead or Alive: Bass Armstrong, Diego, La Mariposa (Lisa Hamilton), Tina Armstrong, Zack

Virtua Fighter: Jacky Bryant, Sarah Bryant

Martial Champion: Bobby, Racheal

Rage of the Dragons: Billy Lewis, James “Jimmy” Lewis, Mr. Jones

Buriki One: Rob Python

Fight Fever: Magic Dunker, Nick Commando

Aggressors of Dark Kombat: Bobby Nelson

Battle of the Beast God: Max Eagle

Breakers: Condor Heads

Fighter’s History: Ray MacDougall

Mortal Kombat: Cassandra “Cassie” Carlton Cage, Erron Black, Jacqueline “Jacqui” Briggs, Jackson “Jax” Briggs, Johnny Cage (John Carlton), Kai, Kobra, Mokap, Nightwolf, Sonya Blade, Kurtis Stryker

Guilty Gear: Chipp Zanuff, Johnny Sfondi, Sol-Badguy

Power Moves: Joe, Ranker, Warren

Kaiser Knuckle: Barts, Boggy, Jim McCoy

Tekken: Robert “Bob” Richards, Bruce Irvin, Bryan Fury, Forest Law, Julia Chang, Marshall Law, Michelle Chang, Paul Phoenix, Tiger Jackson

Soul Calibur: Rock (Nathaniel William Adams)

Knuckle Heads: Rob Vincent

Power Instinct: Chris Wayne, Larry Light, Keith Wayne, White Buffalo

Battle Arena Toshinden: Leon, Rachael, Rook Castle, Rungo Iron, Tracy



We now take a look the characters hailing from Mexico. Most Mexican fighting characters introduced are Professional Wrestlers (Luchador). Just like real-life luchador, Mexican luchador characters exhibit acrobatic wrestling moves and usually sports a distinguishing mask (with the exception of Angel and Ramon). Another design that surely stood out was the Aztec warrior theme. This theme inspired the designs of Azteca, Ogre, Pepe and Necalli. The Aztec theme was also shown in the robot, Huitzil, which was probably inspired from the mythical Aztec warrior, Huitzilopochtli. Other fighting styles include indigenous fighting arts and Taekwondo.

Given Mexico’s’ population, I am guessing that human characters introduced are of European, Amerindian or Mestizo (mixed European and Amerindian) ancestry. Thunder Hawk is actually a Native American from the United States; he and his Thunderfoot tribe settled in Mexico because they were driven out of their lands by M. Bison. Juli, was probably from Germany and became a member of the Thunderfoot tribe, eventually becoming T. Hawk’s lover until she was kidnapped by Shadaloo. When it comes to Ramon, Angel and Kim Hoon, I find that their blonde hair and European features may suggest that they are of European ancestry. It’s also interesting to note that Kim Hoon’s name is Korean despite being from Mexico.

Street Fighter: El Fuerte, Juli, Thunder Hawk, Necalli

Darkstalkers: Huitzil

Virtua Fighter: El Blaze

Kaiser Knuckle: Azteca

Tekken: King, King II, Ogre

King of Fighters: Angel, Ramon

Fight Fever: Kim Hoon

Fatal Fury: Tizoc

Rage of the Dragons: Jose “Pepe” Rodriguez



Let’s now see the Caribbean region starting off with the island nation of Cuba. Cuba’s sole representative is Bang-Boo, a cyborg from the Battle Arena Toshinden series who wields 2 huge cannons.

Battle Arena Toshinden: Bang-Boo



Our next Caribbean nation on the list is Jamaica. We are introduced to Dee Jay, an Afro-Jamaican kick boxer who infuses music and rhythm to his fighting style. Aside from his kick boxing skills, he is also a talented musician and dancer.

Street Fighter: Dee Jay









Let’s now visit the continent of South America. Our first country in the list is Venezuela. We are introduced to 3 SNK-developed Venezuelan characters: Tam Tam, a tribal warrior from Green Hell who is tasked to retrieved his village’s missing artifact, the Palenke Stone; Cham Cham, Tam Tam’s younger sister who wields a boomerang; and Foxy, a very svelte fencer who works a secret agent.

Tam Tam and Cham Cham are both of Indigenous Amerindian ancestry while Foxy seems to have mestizo (mixed European-Amerindian) features. Additionally, its also interesting that both Tam Tam and Cham Cham were presented as being of Aztec background (an indigenous ethnic group in Mexico) but their place of origin, Green Hell, is geographically located in Venezuela instead of Mexico.

Samurai Shodown: Cham Cham, Tam Tam

King of Fighters: Foxy



We move further to Colombia, which is represented by a sassy Capoeirista and nature lover, Zarina. The ironic thing is, Zarina was stated to be living in Brazil… nevertheless, she’s Colombian. Given her appearance, fighting style and story background, I would say she’s mixed Afro-Indigenous Colombian.

King of Fighters: Zarina



Our next stop is the land of the Incas, Peru. Peru is home to 2 fighting-genre video game characters: Rosa, an amnesiac katana-wielding rebellion leader; and Atahua, an indigenous Peruvian boy who seeks the restoration of his fallen tribe’s empire.

Battle of the Beast God: Rosa

Battle Arena Toshinden: Atahua



Our last stop in the continent brings us to Brazil. The largest country in South America is home to several memorable video game characters in the fighting genre. Although most character storylines are connected to the Amazon rainforest or themed as indigenous tribal warriors, a fighting style that definitely stood out was Capoeira.

Reflecting Brazil’s multicultural community, the characters themselves are also diverse: Indigenous Brazilian, White Brazilian (Blanka is actually White, his green skin pigment is a result of his constant absorption of chlorophyll), Black Brazilian, Japanese Brazilian (Oro is originally from Japan) and multiracial Brazilians (Bandeiras Hattori, Laura and Sean Matsuda are Black-Japanese Brazilian; I really find Pupa Salgueiro’s features to be a mix of Black and White; I find Nelson’s and Katarina Alves’ appearance and facial features to be very ambiguous so I think they’re considered Pardo/Moreno/Brown).

Fatal Fury: Bob Wilson, Khushnood Butt, Richard Meyer

King of Fighters: Bandeiras Hattori, Nelson

Breakers: Rila Estansia

Fight Fever: Golrio

Rage of the Dragons: Pupa Salgueiro

Battle Arena Toshinden: Fen Barefoot, Tau

Street Fighter: Blanka, Laura Matsuda, Oro, Sean Matsuda

Darkstalkers: Rikuo

Knuckle Heads: Claudia Silva

Tekken: Christie Monteiro, Eddy Gordo, Katarina Alves

Kaiser Knuckle: Liza











Let’s begin our European Tour with Northern Europe. Our first stop is Finland where we are introduced to a young, scientist code named as NiCO, who utilizes science and technology in her fighting style.


Dead or Alive: NiCO



Our next stop is the Scandinavian country of Sweden. Sweden brings us 3 unique video game characters: Chris, a young drummer who utilizes speed attacks; Lars Alexandersson, a half Japanese/half Swedish military officer in the Tekken Force; and Marie Rose, a blonde, childlike fighter specializing in Systema.

King of Fighters: Chris

Tekken: Lars Alexandersson

Dead or Alive: Marie Rose



Our next Scandinavian country is Norway. 3 Norwegian characters are themed as Viking warriors wielding huge axes. Namely, they are Erick, Garros and Gregory Darrell. They are joined by a sword-wielding knight, Balga, and a mysterious fighter wielding the double saber, Grøh.

World Heroes: Erick

Samurai Shodown: Garros

Knuckle Heads: Gregory Darrell

Soul Calibur: Grøh

Battle Arena Toshinden: Balga



Let’s now move on to Western Europe starting with the Netherlands. Our sole representative is the Dutch professional wrestler, Patrick van Heyting, who was probably inspired from real-life professional wrestler, Bill Goldberg.

Buriki One: Patrick Van Heyting



Next on our list is Germany. In examining German characters, I observed that fighting styles range from sword fighting to close combat. Other characters utilize foreign martial arts such as Capoeira, Ba Ji Quan and Karate. Stand out themes include powerful final bosses, fully armored knights, a werewolf, a golem based from Frankenstein’s creature and a cyborg with extending limbs. Nearly all characters are ethnic Germans. Hitomi is a Eurasian of Japanese and German ancestry while Luise Meyrink is actually an extraterrestrial residing in Germany.

King of Fighters: Adelheid Bernstein, Alba Meira, Soiree Meira, Hein, Luise Meyrink, Rugal Bernstein

World Heroes: Brocken

Fatal Fury: Wolfgang Krauser von Stroheim

Aggressors of Dark Kombat: Leonhalt Domador

Fight Fever: Rophen Heimer

Samurai Shodown: Neinhalt Sieger

Art of Fighting: Karman Cole

Buriki One: Silber

Kaiser Knuckle: Marco

Street Fighter: Hugo Andore, Juni

Darkstalkers: Victor von Gerdenheim

Dead or Alive: Hitomi

Soul Calibur: Azwel, Hildegard “Hilde” von Krone, Siegfried Schtauffen, Z.W.E.I.

Tekken: Eleonore “Leo” Kliesen

Power Instinct: Rudolph Gartheimer

Battle Arena Toshinden: Schultz, Wolf

Guilty Gear: Leo Whitefang, Raven



Our next stop is Austria where we get to know Zola. From the Battle Arena Toshinden series, Zola is actually an Opera singer who also works as an assassin. While in her assassin job, she wears a leather catwoman suit and is armed with a razor sharp whip.

Battle Arena Toshinden: Zola



Moving eastward, we arrive at Switzerland. We are introduced to 3 Swiss characters: Kliff Undersn, a renowned veteran crusader wielding the gigantic blade; Testament, a former protégé of Kliff, who wields a giant scythe; and Puella Marionette, a young girl raised in an orphanage who miraculously receives a magical bow that will lead her to her destined path.

Guilty Gear: Kliff Undersn, Testament

Battle Arena Toshinden: Puella Marionette



Let’s now visit France. In analyzing the themes, most French characters are presented with an air of elegance and refinement. Female characters are finesse and fashionable while male characters are suave and chivalrous. Nearly all characters are introduced as coming from wealthy and privileged backgrounds. When it comes to fighting styles, sword fighting and rapier arts are common. Hand to hand combat are also being utilized such as Chinese martial arts, Judo, Muay Thai and mixed martial arts.

One thing that I also observed is that most French characters are blonde. It is also worth noting that according to Ash Crimson’s story, he was just raised in France, which may imply that he’s not actually French.

King of Fighters: Ash Crimson, Elisabeth Blanctorche, Hyena, Shermie, Sylvie Paula Paula, King

World Heroes: Janne D’Arc

Samurai Shodown: Charlotte Christine de Colde

Fighter’s History: Jean Pierre

Battle of the Beast God: Carol Stanzack

Breakers: Pielle Montario

Buriki One: Jacques Ducalis

Street Fighter: Abel, Remy, Sharon

Virtua Fighter: Jean Kujo, Lion Rafale

Dead or Alive: Helena Douglas

Guilty Gear: Ky Kiske, Sin Kiske

Soul Calibur: Amy Sorel, Raphael Sorel

Power Instinct: Prince, Princess Sissy

Martial Champion: Goldor

Battle Arena Toshinden: Duke B. Rambert



Let’s now take a look at the city state of Monaco. Our Monegasque representatives are Emilie de Rochefort and Blaire Dame. Nicknamed as Lili, this pampered daddy’s little princess captured the hearts of gamers because of her classic beauty, long blonde hair, swift acrobatic attacks and her spoiled rich girl personality. As for Blaire, it was initially stated that she was of simply European background until she was finalized as being from Monaco.

Tekken: Emilie “Lili” de Rochefort

Street Fighter: Blaire Dame



We now head to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. For those who are not aware, Great Britain is composed of England, Scotland and Wales, so characters hailing from the mentioned countries will be included under United Kingdom. Most character backgrounds examined are extremely diverse and they don’t seem to stick with a common theme. Some standout designs are a loyal bodyguard, an amnesiac secret agent, a sultry succubus, a martial artist who can morph into a werewolf, a voluptuous alchemist dressed in revealing armor and a time traveling fighter who sports Britain’s famous Union Jack. Fighting styles are diverse as well. There are professional boxers, practitioners of Chinese martial arts, sword fighters and pole weapon wielders.

Nearly all characters are White. I am guessing that they are mostly of English ancestry with the exception of Captain Kidd, Morrigan Aensland and Lilith, who are Scottish. If we examine parental origin, Ivy is actually half Spanish from her father (Cervantes) while Steve Fox is part Irish from his mother (Nina Williams). There are also Black British characters like Birdie and Dudley from Street Fighter; and Judgement from Battle Arena Toshinden. However, I am still wondering if Guilty Gear’s Venom is either Black, Biracial or simply, a deeply tanned White man.

Fatal Fury: Billy Kane, Bonne Jenet, Freeman, White

World Heroes: Captain Kidd, Jack

King of Fighters: Lien Neville, Lily Kane

Fighter’s History: Matlok Jade

Aggressors of Dark Kombat: Kisarah Westfield

Battle of the Beast God: Gordon Bowman

Rage of the Dragons: Alice Carrol

Battle Arena Toshinden: David, Judgement, Kayin Amoh, Lancelot Lakeknight, Naru Amoh, Ten Count

Power Instinct: Annie Hamilton, Bristol Weller, Falco

Guilty Gear: Axl Low, Bridget, Venom

Soul Calibur: Arthur, Isabella “Ivy” Valentine

Tekken: Steve Fox

Dead or Alive: Christie, Eliot

Street Fighter: Area, Birdie, Cammy White, Dudley, Eagle

Darksatlkers: Lilith, Morrigan Aensland, Jon Talbain



Let’s visit United Kingdom’s neighboring country, Republic of Ireland. We have 5 Irish characters: Krizalid, a super-powered clone from the King of Fighters series; Oswald, a master gambler; Elias Patrick, a boxer who is also a certified exorcist; and the iconic badass assassin sisters of the Tekken series, Anna and Nina Williams.

King of Fighters: Krizalid, Oswald

Rage of the Dragons: Elias Patrick

Tekken: Anna Williams, Nina Williams



Moving on to the Southern region of Europe, our next stop is Spain. Most Spanish video game characters introduced are male and they are given the “slick and handsome fighter” theme where their fighting styles are derived from either bullfighting, ninjutsu or brawling. They are joined by a powerful ghost pirate, an attention-seeking trickster and a tomboyish MMA fighter.

Fatal Fury: Laurence Blood

Battle of the Beast God: Joker (Marco Bariadrid)

Samurai Shodown: Kirian

Soul Calibur: Cervantes de Leon

Tekken: Miguel Caballero Rojo

Street Fighter: Vega

Power Moves: Nick

Guilty Gear: Zato-1

Dead or Alive: Mila



Continuing with our European tour, the next country on the list is Italy. Like the United Kingdom, Germany and France, Italy is home to several European video game characters. Character depictions are absolutely distinct from one another. We have a young wealthy businessman, a gladiator-clad professional wrestler, an unusually sexy strongwoman, a genius swindler, a blind-mute caretaker with a very bizarre fighting style, a svelte astrologist armed with a magical scarf, a stoic sambo fighter and a Muay Thai-trained playboy. However, the common theme I observed among them is that their costumes are supposed to be trendy and fashionable. Another thing I noticed is that the characters just simply oozes with charm and appeal.

World Heroes: Dio, Geegus

Art of Fighting: Robert Garcia

Fighter’s History: Marstrius

Rage of the Dragons: Johann

Battle Arena Toshinden: Eos

Power Instinct: Angela Belti, Elizabeth Belti, Sandra Belti

Street Fighter: Rose, Vulcano Rosso

Dead or Alive: Leon

Soul Calibur: Dampierre, Valeria, Voldo

Tekken: Claudio Serafino

Virtua Fighter: Brad Burns



Let’s now move towards Greece, where the characters introduced pay homage to ancient Greek mythology. Majority of the Greek characters are from Soul Calibur consisting of the Alexandra family of swordfighters and the mutated Spartan warrior, Lizardman. They are joined by a sword wielding golem named Zero and a hammer-wielding fighter, Blat Vaike.

Soul Calibur: Cassandra Alexandra, Lizardman (Aeon Calcos), Patroklos Alexander, Pyrrha Alexandra, Sophitia Alexandra

Knuckle Heads: Blat Vaike

Battle Arena Toshinden: Zero



Our next stop is Eastern European nation of Czech Republic. Our lone representative is Smoke of the Mortal Kombat series. Originally introduced as a secret character, Smoke’s storyline became one of the most developed plots in the series. From being a human Lin Kuei warrior, he was transformed into a cyborg until he became an ally with a demon from the Netherrealm.

Mortal Kombat: Smoke (Tomas Vrbada)



Let’s explore more of Eastern Europe with the country of Romania. Famed for its legends of vampires and the iconic character, Dracula of Transylvania, Romania provides us 2 vampire-inspired characters: Demitri Maximoff from Darkstalkers; and Guilty Gear’s Slayer.

Darkstalkers: Demitri Maximoff

Guilty Gear: Slayer



Our next stop is the country of Ukraine. The sole Ukrainian to ever grace the world of fighting video games is Lynette, a merchant’s assistant who uses tambourines as her weapons and exhibits a dance-like fighting style.

Soul Calibur: Lynette



Let’s now see the characters hailing from the largest country in the world, Russia. The characters introduced are really diverse: scientific geniuses, muscular wrestlers, lethal robots, Sambo combat practitioners, seductive women warriors and stoic military men.

Given Russia’s population, I am guessing that all the human characters are ethnic Russians. However, with the case of Karnov, I really find his appearance to be Mongolic/East Asian which may suggest that he might be of Buryat or Kalmyk ancestry.

Tekken: Alisa Boskonovitch, Dr. Geppetto Boskonovith, Sergei Dragunov, Jack series, Prototype Jack,

Savage Reign: Nicola Zaza

Buriki One: Ivan Sokolov

Fighter’s History: Jinborv “Karnov” Karnovski

Rage of the Dragons: Sonia Romanenko

World Heroes: Rasputin

King of Fighters: Antonov

Street Fighter: Decapre, Necro, Twelve, Zangief

Guilty Gear: Millia Rage

Power Moves: Vagnad

Kaiser Knuckle: Gonzales

Battle Arena Toshinden: Sofia

Dead or Alive: Bayman









Let’s now head towards Central Asia beginning with Afghanistan. Our sole character is Kira from Mortal Kombat. While I’m not entirely sure if Kira is a native of Afghanistan since the official story states that just resides in that country, she probably made a name for herself as being the only known female member of Kabal’s new Black Dragon Organization.

Mortal Kombat: Kira



We go westward to Iran. Also known as Persia, it is home to the famous hulking, axe-wielding golem of the Soul Calibur series, Astaroth. After Astaroth’s demise in Soul Calibur IV, a new golem, Astaroth II, takes his place in the series.

Soul Calibur: Astaroth, Astaroth II



We now move on with the next country on our list, Iraq. The sole representative from Iraq is Zasalamel. Despite Zasalamel’s obvious Black African appearance, I firmly believe that he might be originally of Sumerian descent, basing from the names of his moves which are referenced to Sumerian culture. Modern-day southern Iraq corresponds to the southern part of Mesopotamia, which included the ancient civilization of the Sumerians.  With Zasalamel’s back story, we found out that he obtained the power of endless reincarnation. My opinion is that his original body and race was of Sumerian ancestry. As he continued with his reincarnation process, he now obtains the body of a Black African man who was present in the Soul Calibur III and IV.

Soul Calibur: Zasalamel



Our next destination country is Turkey. There have been 3 fighting-genre video game characters hailing from Turkey and all of them have unique and interesting themes. We have Ellis, an ethnic Japanese girl who was adopted into a family of Turkish minstrels; Angelica, a staff wielder who’s oblivious of her Turkish ancestry; and Hakan, a Turkish businessman and an expert of Turkish Oil Wrestling.

Samurai Shodown: Angelica

Street Fighter: Hakan

Battle Arena Toshinden: Ellis



We move further to the Middle Eastern region with Lebanon. Our sole Lebanese video game character is Sahad Asran Ryuto of Power Instinct. Depicted as the cool and handsome guy of the series, Sahad fights with the aid of his magical lamp, capable of summoning a genie.

Power Instinct: Sahad Asran Ryuto



Our next stop is the United Arab Emirates. Rashid, the sole Arab fighter from the Street Fighter series is most likely Emirati as depicted by his official artwork and stage which features the Dubai skyline.

Street Fighter: Rashid



Let’s now visit Saudi Arabia. This Arab nation provides us the 3 Keffiyeh-wearing fighters: scimitar-wielding Sheikhs, Avu, and Sheikh Maherl, and Shaheen, a military fighter specializing in hand-to-hand combat. They are joined by Pullum Purna, a wealthy heiress who utilizes acrobatic attacks and Najd, a fighter specializing in controlling of shadows.

Martial Champion: Avu

Breakers: Shiekh Maherl

King of Fighters: Najd

Street Fighter: Pullum Purna

Tekken: Shaheen



Let’s move on to North Africa starting with Egypt. Famous for its amazing and wondrous ancient civilization, almost all Egyptian video game characters are themed with royalty. Martial Champion’s Titi and Street Fighter’s Menat were inspired from the real-life ancient Egyptian queens, Nefertiti and Cleopatra, while Alsion III and Anakaris, are depicted as undead pharaohs who have become mummies with magical powers. Zafina and Azazel are most likely from Egypt due to their designs and setting of their story in the Tekken plot.

Tekken: Azazel, Zafina

Darksatlkers: Anakaris

Street Fighter: Menat

Breakers: Alsion III

Martial Champion: Titi



We now head towards Nigeria, a country located in West Africa. Nigeria’s sole representative is Bobby Strong, a professional boxer hired to participate in the Bonnou no Kaihou tournament. Bobby Strong is a direct reference to Bobby Ologun, a Nigerian-born TV personality and MMA fighter in Japan.

Power Instinct: Bobby Strong



Moving to East Africa, we arrive at Kenya. Kenya has provided us with 4 distinct video game characters: Baraki, the jungle-dwelling fighter who utilizes rolling attacks; Mahamba, a spear-wielding tribesman; Zazie Muhaba, a Karate expert and wildlife environmentalist and Elena, the warrior princess who fights using Capoeira.

Power Moves: Baraki

Martial Champion: Mahamba

Fighter’s History: Zazie Muhaba

Street Fighter: Elena



Our last stop in the African continent is Botswana. This country’s sole representative to fighting games is Cyrax, a skilled Motswana warrior and a member of the Lin Kuei clan. However, he became the second Lin Kuei warrior to undergo cybernetic transformation thus turning him into a soulless cyborg.

Mortal Kombat: Cyrax






Hello! I’m back! Yup, I have to say it has been a while since my last post so I would like to make up for the lost time and create my own version of “FIGHTING VIDEO GAME CHARACTERS AROUND THE WORLD.” May sound impossible at first but since I’m an avid fan of fighting-genre video games, I really don’t mind creating a World Atlas-like reference. First things first, this post will only include characters from FIGHTING VIDEO GAMES. Second, the characters covered will be from Video Games that showcase different forms of martial arts and that don’t focus on only one fighting style. This post will be divided into different regions around the world. So let’s begin our WORLD TOUR!!







Starting our journey in the East Asian region, our first stop is Japan. Japan, for obvious reasons, is our first destination because most developers and concept artists of the fighting video games that we enjoy today are from Japan. As a matter of fact, my observation is that in almost every fighting video game that existed, there is at least one character hailing from Japan. Most video game protagonists and important secondary characters are Japanese as well. When it comes to the characters and fighting styles developed, Japan boasts a vast variety of them. You name it, they have it! Themes include: Samurai Warriors, Elusive Ninjas, Karate Experts, Sumo Wrestlers, Judo Masters, Aikido Practitioners, Kabuki Fighters, Shrine Maidens, Religious Monks, Superhuman Athletes, Magical Girls and Japanese Mythical Creatures.

Nearly all characters introduced are of full Japanese ancestry. Guilty Gear’s May is absolutely oblivious that she is of Japanese ancestry. However, there are region specific characters like Nakoruru and Rimururu, who are of Ainu descent, an ethnic group indigenous to the Hokkaido region and Maxi, a pirate from the Ryukyu Islands. There is also a group of Japanese Eurasians (Ryo Sakazaki, Yuri Sakazaki, Benimaru Nikaido and Kokoro are half Japanese/half White American; Kenshi Takahashi was stated to be a Japanese Eurasian; Hinako Shijou is part Russian while Roberto Miura is mixed Japanese-Brazilian ). There are also non-Japanese characters who have resided in Japan like the Caucasian swordswoman, Setsuka, and the Chinese martial artist, Lee Chaolan, both of whom have been adopted into a Japanese family.

Art of Fighting: Eiji Kisaragi, Jin Fu-Ha, Kasumi Todoh, Ryo Sakazaki, Ryuhaku Todoh, Takuma Sakazaki, Yuri Sakazaki

Buriki One: Akatsuki-Maru, Gai Tendo, Takato Saionji

Fatal Fury: Gato, Hokutomaru, Hotaru Futaba, Joe Higashi, Jubei Yamada, Mai Shiranui, Ryuji Yamazaki, Sokaku Mochizuki, Toji Sakata, Tsugumi Sendoh

King of Fighters: Athena Asamiya, Benimaru Nikaido, Chizuru Kagura (Yata), Goro Daimon, Hinako Shijou, Iori Yagami, Kyo Kusanagi, Kyo-1, Kyo-2, Malin, Momoko, Nagase, Orochi, Saisyu Kusanagi, Shingo Yabuki, Yashiro Nanakase

Rage of the Dragons: Annie Murakami, Cassandra Murata, Oni Inomura

World Heroes: Fuuma Kotaro, Hanzo Hattori, Ryoko Izumo

Samurai Shodown: Shiro Tokisada Amakusa, Basara, Gaira Caffeine, Gen-An Shiranui, Genjuro Kibagami, Hanma Yagyu, Hanzo Hattori, Haohmaru, Jinbei Sugamata, Jubei Yagyu, Kazuki Kazama, Kuroko, Kyoshiro Senryo, Mizuki Rashoujin, Nakoruru, Nicotine Caffeine, Rimururu, Shiki, Shizumaru Hisame, Sogetsu Kazama, Taizan Morozumi, Takechiyo, Ukyo Tachibana, Zankuro Minazuki

Aggressors of Dark Kombat: Goh Kidokoro, Joe Kusanagi

Breakers: Sho Kamui, Tobikage No Saizo

Fighter’s History: Makoto Mizoguchi, Ryoko Kanou

Fight Fever: Karate Kenji, Miyuki

Battle of the Beast God: Sho Hayate

Battle Arena Toshinden: Eiji Shinjo, Gaia, Miyabi, Mondo, Nagisa Iwashiro, Shizuku Fuji, Sho Shinjo, Subaru Shinjo, Toujin

Street Fighter: Akuma, Edmond Honda, Geki, Gouken, Hayate, Hokuto Mizukami, Ibuki, Kairi Mizukami, Karin Kanzuki, Maki Genryusai, Makoto, Nanase Mizukami, Rainbow Mika Nanakawa, Retsu, Ryu, Sakura Kasugano, Skullomania, Zeku

Rival Schools: Akira Kazama, Batsu Ichimonji, Chairperson, Daigo Kazama, Eiji “Edge” Yamada, Gan Isurugi, Hayato Nekketsu, Hideo Shimazu, Hinata Wakaba, Hyo Imawano, Kurow Kirishima, Kyoko Minazuki, Kyosuke Kagami, Momo Karuizawa, Nagare Namikawa, Natsu Ayuhara, Raizo Imawano, Ran Hibiki, Roberto Miura, Shoma Sawamura, Yurika Kirishima, Aoi “Zaki” Himezaki

Darkstalkers: Bishamon

Power Moves: Buoh

Tekken: Asuka Kazama, Ganryu, Heihachi Mishima, Jin Kazama, Jinpachi Mishima, Jun Kazama, Kazumi Mishima, Kazuya Mishima, Kuma, Kuma Jr., Kunimitsu, Lee Chaolan, Miharu Hirano, Mokujin, NANCY-MI847J, Yoshimitsu

Soul Calibur: Maxi, Heishiro Mitsurugi, Natsu, Setsuka, Taki, Yoshimitsu, Yoshimitsu II

Knuckle Heads: Takeshi Fujioka

Mortal Kombat: Kenshi Takahashi, Scorpion (Hanzo Hasashi)

Dead or Alive: Ayane, Hayate, Honoka, Kasumi, Kokoro, Momiji, Nyotengu, Omega (Genra), Raidou, Ryu Hayabusa, Tengu

Guilty Gear: Anji Mito, Baiken, May

Martial Champion: Jin, Zen

Virtua Fighter: Akira Yuki, Aoi Umenokouji, Dural (Tsukikage), Goh Hinogami, Kage-Maru, Taka-Arashi

Power Instinct: Buntaro Kuno, Hikaru Jomon, Hizumi Yukinoue, Kanji Kokuin, Kintaro “Kinta” Kokuin, Kurara Hananokoji, Oshima Goketsuji, Otane Goketsuji, Oume Goketsuji, Popura Hananokoji, Reiji Oyama, Remi Otogiri, Rin Oyama, Saizo Hattori, Shintaro Kuno, Sujiroku Tenjinbashi, Takumi Hattori

Kaiser Knuckle: Gekkou, Kazuya



Let’s now visit Japan’s neighboring country, South Korea. When examining South Korea’s contribution to video game characters, most themes are related to Taekwondo, the most prominent Korean martial art. Since the introduction of Kim Kaphwan from Fatal Fury, various Korean Taekwondo practitioners have been present in succeeding SNK-developed fighting video games. Meanwhile, several video game developers introduced their own Taekwondo prodigies: Tekken’s Baek Doo San and Hwoarang, and Street Fighter’s very own Juri Han. Other notable styles utilize Chinese martial arts, sword fighting and pole weapons.

King of Fighters: Chae Lim, Chang Koehan, Choi Bounge, Gang-Il, Jhun Hoon, Jinju “May” Lee

Fatal Fury: Kim Dong Hwan, Kim Jae Hoon, Kim Kaphwan

Fight Fever: Han Baedal, Master Taekuk

Aggressors of Dark Kombat: Lee Hae Gwon

Battle of the Beast God: Kim Sue Il

Breakers: Lee Dao-Long

Buriki One: Seo Yong Song

Fighter’s History: Liu Yungmie

Rage of the Dragons: Kang Jae-Mo

Samurai Shodown: Kim Hae-Ryeong

World Heroes: Kim Dragon

Street Fighter: Juri Han

Soul Calibur: Seong Han Myeong, Hwang Sung Kyung, Seong Mi-Na, Hong Yun-Seong

Tekken: Baek Doo San, Hwoarang

Guilty Gear: Kum Haehyun



We now move on the Asian mainland starting with Mongolia. So far, there have been only 3 fighting video game characters hailing from Mongolia and all of them are experts of Mongolian Wrestling. Two of the characters introduced, Julius Carn and Temjin, are homage to the iconic emperor of the Mongol Empire, Genghis Kahn.

World Heroes: Julius Carn

Art of Fighting: Temjin

Mortal Kombat: Hsu Hao



We now come to People’s Republic of China, a country which is home to several martial arts and rich culture. Almost every character is a practitioner of a specific Chinese Martial Arts styles such as Tai Chi, Drunken Fist and Jeet Kune Do to name a few. To reflect the rich and colorful culture of the country, characters are dressed in exquisite Chinese costumes and ornate garments. The characters’ themes are diverse as well. There are Shaolin monks, acrobatic women warriors, aged Kung Fu masters, powerful sorcerers, veteran swordsmen and mythical characters inspired from classic Chinese novels. The Chinese video game characters also boasts a lot of exotic weapons like staffs, spears, iron claws and daggers. Due to a variety of authentic fighting styles from China, I observed that there is always at least one character in most video game series that comes from China.

Nearly all characters are ethnic Chinese. However, there are at least 3 Chinese Eurasians who reside in China: The Sub-Zero brothers and Lynn Barker are all half Chinese/half White American. Additionally, even though Kilik was raised in China, it is implied that he is NOT an ethnic Chinese.

King of Fighters: Bao, Chin Gentsai, Duo Lon, Lin, Meitenkun, Mian, Shen Woo, Shion, Shun’ei, Sie Kensou, Xiao Lon

Buriki One: Song Xuandao

Fatal Fury: Jin Chonrei, Jin Chonshu, Tung Fu Rue

Art of Fighting: Lee Pai Long, Wang Koh-San

Battle of the Beast God: Chung Paifu

Fighter’s History: Lee Ten Dok, Liu Feilin

Fight Fever: Chintao

Breakers: Huang Bai Hu

World Heroes: Ryofu, Son Gokuu

Rage of the Dragons: Lynn Baker

Samurai Shodown: Wan-Fu

Street Fighter: Chun-Li, Gen, Lee

Darkstalkers: Hsien-Ko

Soul Calibur: Hualin, Kilik, Yan Leixia, Li Long, Chai Xianghua, Xiba

Tekken: Feng Wei, Ling Xiaoyu, Panda, Wang Jinrei

Knuckle Heads: Christine Myao

Power Instinct: Thin Nen

Mortal Kombat: Kung Jin, Kung Lao, Liu Kang, Noob Saibot (Bi Han), Sektor, Sub-Zero (Kuai Liang)

Virtua Fighter: Eileen, Lau Chan, Lei Fei, Shun Di

Guilty Gear: Faust, Jam Kuradoberi

Battle Arena Toshinden: Bayhou, Fo Fai, Genma, Ronron

Power Moves: Gaoluon

Kaiser Knuckle: Wulong

Dead or Alive: Brad Wong, Gen Fu, Jann Lee, Lei Fang

Martial Champion: Hoi



Let’s now visit Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China. Just like the characters from Mainland China, characters from Hong Kong are also practitioners of specific Chinese martial arts and are garbed in distinct Chinese costumes. My main observation is that most character designs are inspired from existing elements of pop culture: Lei Wulong and Hon Fu pay tribute to Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan, Fei Long was inspired from the iconic Bruce Lee, Yun and Yang’s designs (and personalities) are similar to Gundam Wing characters Duo Maxwell and Trowa Barton, while Dan Hibiki comes from the humorous amalgamation of SNK characters Ryo Sakazaki, Robert Garcia and Yuri Sakazaki.

All characters are ethnic Chinese with the exception of Dan Hibiki (Japanese) and M.A.D. (unknown ethnicity).

Street Fighter: Dan Hibiki, Fei Long, Yun Lee, Yang Lee

Power Instinct: M.A.D. (Max Ax Dax)

Martial Champion: Chaos

Tekken: Lei Wulong

Virtua Fighter: Pai Chan

Fatal Fury: Hon Fu

Battle Arena Toshinden: Cuiling



Our next stop is Taiwan (Republic of China). We have two representative characters from Taiwan who are ethnic Chinese: Tai Chi expert and businessman, Cheng Sinzan, and beautiful swordswoman, Lihua.

Fatal Fury: Cheng Sinzan

Kaiser Knuckle: Lihua



We now head towards the Southeast Asian region starting with the Philippines. Our Filipino representatives are Talim, a pacifist priestess adorned in tribal designs and accessories and Josie Rizal, a kick boxer/model whose costume pays homage to the colors and symbols of the Philippine flag.

Soul Calibur: Talim

Tekken: Josie Rizal



Let’s move further in the maritime Southeast Asian region with Malaysia. A sole representative, Miss Til is a Malaysian fortune teller who uses a long flute as her weapon.

Battle Arena Toshinden: Miss Til



Moving on, let’s visit the archipelago of Indonesia. Indonesia’s sole representative is Jivatma, the boss character and tournament organizer in The King of Fighters: Maximum Impact 2.

King of Fighters: Jivatma



Let’s move further in mainland Southeast Asia with Vietnam. While unofficial, many gamers and fans speculate Luong, a new character in King of Fighters, to be of Vietnamese origin judging by her name, appearance and costumes.

King of Fighters: Luong



Next stop is Thailand. Thailand’s main contribution to the fighting video games genre is Muay Thai. Most Thai characters utilize Muay Thai as their fighting style and are wearing traditional Muay Thai trunks and related accessories (head band, arm bands, bandages, etc). Exempted from the Muay Thai arts are Power Moves’ Reayon, who practices Chinese martial arts, and Takeda Takahashi, a nijutsu practitioner.

All characters are ethnic Thais with the exception of Takeda Takahashi who is of Japanese Eurasian and Thai descent. Despite not being an ethnic Thai, M. Bison, the leader of Shadaloo, has his base of operations located and concentrated in Thailand.


Street Fighter: Adon, M. Bison, Sagat

Power Moves: Reayon

Breakers: Tia Langray

Buriki One: Payak Sitpitak

Fatal Fury: Hwa Jai

Fighter’s History: Samchay Tomyamkun

World Heroes: Shura Nai Khanomtom

Mortal Kombat: Takeda Takahashi



Let’s now visit the South Asian region starting with India. So far, there have been only 3 fighting video game characters from India. The most iconic and probably most popular Indian character would have to be Dhalsim, the pacifist expert of Yoga and teleportation. He is joined by 2 Indian musclemen, Darun Mister (inspired by the renowned Indian wrestler, the Great Gama) and Abubo Rao.

Street Fighter: Darun Mister, Dhalsim

Rage of the Dragons: Abubo Rao



We now reach the final destination of our Asian tour in Sri Lanka. The lone Sri Lankan to grace the fighting genre video game is Battle Arena Toshinden’s Chaos, a scythe-wielding warrior and an antagonist of the series.

Battle Arena Toshinden: Chaos