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Let’s begin our European tour in Northern Europe. Our first 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.
World Heroes: Erick
Samurai Shodown: Garros
Knuckle Heads: Gregory Darrell
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
Street Fighter: Hugo Andore, Juni
Darkstalkers: Victor von Gerdenheim
Soul Calibur: Hildegard “Hilde” von Krone, Siegfried Schtauffen, Z.W.E.I.
Tekken: Eleonore “Leo” Kliesen
Battle Arena Toshinden: Schultz, Wolf
Kaiser Knuckle: Marco
Dead or Alive: Hitomi
Power Instinct: Rudolph Gartheimer
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