Most Unique Fighting Game Characters
When most people think of fighting game characters, they probably think of characters like Ryu – good old, reliable, boring Ryu. These base characters have plenty of options, are well balanced, and are ideal for new players. However, once these characters are out of the way, the real fun can begin.
A great fighting game character will have a unique style, but the best ones have some interesting quirks too. Some of these characters may end up playing a completely different game than their opponents. While the Kens and Ryus of the world bring stability, these oddballs bring chaos, and fighting games wouldn’t be the same without them.
ten Q – Street Fighter 3: Third Strike
Q is a slower and heavier version of Balrog. He has those classic punches, but his normal attacks are slow. Which is a serious problem in a game like Third Strike where everyone has a parry. So what makes this slow, janky dude interesting? Well, Q has a taunt that significantly increases his defense. Additionally, his taunts can stack up to three times. This means Q can essentially double the amount of health he has.
Suddenly Q isn’t looking to close the distance after landing a big jab that sends the opponent flying, he’s looking to get another taunt. It also forces your opponent to come towards you, since no one wants to face Q after he’s been fully buffed. Q isn’t a particularly strong character (you know, besides his huge health pool), but he East a very interesting one.
9 Ginyu – Dragonball FighterZ
Ginyu from Dragon Ball FighterZ has style, but he also has all the Ginyu strength. Every member of the Ginyu force appears in Ginyu’s attack, but here’s the catch: you don’t choose which member of the Ginyu force you get. Instead, they’re on a fixed rotation, which means you have to keep track of who has spawned.
If that’s not enough for you, Ginyu has one more trick up his sleeve: he can change his body! This means that you will have the option to exchange your defeated Ginyu for one of your opponent’s healthy characters.
8 Heroes – Smash Brothers: Ultimate
The Smash Brothers series is already a very unconventional fighting game that is home to many unconventional characters. However, Hero from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate really stands out. What makes Hero so interesting is his access to a whole host of Dragon Quest spells.
These spells work the same as in the Dragon Quest series, which means you have to manage your MP gauge. Accessing it will require sifting through your menu (which is difficult when you’re playing a frenetic platformer). It’s a nifty way to introduce RPG-like mechanics into a platform fighter.
7 Rogue – X-Men Vs. Street Fighter
X-Men Vs. Street Fighter made sure Rogue got his entire moveset from the comics. She can fly and she hits hard, but she also has her signature ability to steal powers. Yes, that is correct; Snape can take a power from an opponent and use it for the rest of the turn.
Each character has a different power that Rogue can take. The amount of work required to include this capability must have been immense. Which explains why she unfortunately didn’t have this ability in Marvel Vs. Capcom 2. You can’t earn them all.
6 Aria – Killer Instinct
Aria is the boss of the 2013 reboot of Killer Instinct. She has three forms (called “drones”) that have different moves associated with them. Of course, fighting game characters with multiple stances aren’t new, but the implementation with Aria is quite unique.
Each form has its own health bar. This means that if one of her forms is mishandled, she will have to change it or risk losing it. Each form also has its own movement speed. Aria has assist attacks for each drone that can be used when unequipped (or destroyed). Aria feels like playing an entire Marvel vs. Capcom team, but in a one-on-one fighting game.
5 Lowain – Granblue Versus
The goofiest character on the Granblue Versus roster is also the most interesting. Lowain can consume food mid-battle to restore health, and many of his moves are quasi-assists that use his “brothers”, or his robot double Katarina (don’t ask), to hit high, down or rain down a barrage of different projectiles on his opponent. However, its great is where things really get interesting.
Lowain has an honest invocation to kindness. Yggdrasil is not just an attack, no, for a time Lowain brings this god into battle to fight on his behalf. This giant has a variety of powerful attacks. While experienced players will likely be able to navigate these moves effectively, less experienced players will suffer. This super explains why Lowain’s dishes are unseasoned: you provide the salt.
4 Dan – Street Fighter 5
Wait, Dan? What’s so interesting about Dan? Sure, he’s funny, but he’s just a bad Ryu, right? These comments would have been valid (hurtful, but valid) a few Street Fighters ago, but Dan became a whole new character in Street Fighter 5. Capcom began to evolve his taunts in Street Fighter 4 by allowing them to build his counter .
Street Fighter 5 took this concept and used it. Now Dan can also cancel his taunt attacks and then cancel his taunt attacks (only one taunt cancel per combo, of course), meaning he can link two attacks that would otherwise be impossible to link together. But mess up and you’ll find yourself taunting like a jester (very characterful) and just begging to be tricked.
3 Jack-O – Guilty Equipment Revealer 2
If you’re a fan of the RTS genre, we’ve got the fighting game character for you. Jack-O builds bases for minions. She has three types of bases which are associated with three types of minions. These troops attack your enemies and after some downtime the bases level up (as do the associated minions).
On top of all that, Jack-O has a number of abilities to help protect bases, allowing his small army to pump out soldiers. Fighting Jack-O in Revelator 2 is like fighting a swarm of bees.
In Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 Phoenix Wright gameplay begins with him finding evidence, then presenting the evidence, and finally making an accusation. At this point, Phoenix’s regular attacks become massive, his best attack becoming a giant fleeting accusing finger that he can use at will.
Phoenix Wright can use the evidence to activate a super and pursue his opponent. This super can strike from anywhere and does massive amounts of damage. Playing Phoenix well requires using helpers (and Maya) to defend him while he searches for that precious, valuable evidence. It can be an uphill battle, but he’s a force to be reckoned with when he gets all three pieces. Any objection to Phoenix’s inclusion here will be dismissed.
1 Junpei – Persona 4: Arena Ultimax
Junpei is the only fighting game character that lets you play baseball. At the bottom of the screen is a baseball field and a tally that records balls, hits, and outs. When you hit someone with your bat, it’s a base hit (which will light up a base), a blocked attack is a ball, and getting four hits will get you a run. Swing and miss with your bat and you get a hit, three hits and you get an out while being hit is also an out. Three outs and the bases will be erased.
Junpei also has a super home attack that will clear the bases. Get 10 runs and Junpei receives a huge bonus that grants him access to “clean hit”, which makes bat attacks stronger and improves a number of his special moves. Is all this ridiculous? Yes. But that’s the right kind of ridiculous. The kind of ridiculousness that makes Junpei the most interesting fighting game character ever.
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