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World Fighting Game Characters: Asia Part 1: West Asia, South Asia and Central Asia


(Left to Right) Street Fighter's Indian Dhalsim and Emirati Rashid

They say that the fighting game community (FGC) is one of the most diverse fan communities within the videogame industry. But not only is the community diverse. So are the characters in each game as many intend to represent a country and usually the martial art of said country. So we wanna list how diverse the Characters of fighting games are. To be clear the games that we will include feature characters who debut from these games. So no Injustice or Marvel vs Capcom or Smash Brothers characters. Just characters created for fighting games.

Fighting Games Included are 3 Count Bout, Aggressors of Dark Kombat, ARMS, Art of Fighting, Battle Arena Toshinden, Battle of the Beast Gods/Savage Reign, Breakers, Buriki One, Darkstalkers, Dead or Alive, Dual Blades, Ehrgeiz, Eternal Champions, Fatal Fury, Fight Fever, Fighter's History, Fighter's Impact, Fighting Layer, Fighting EX Layer, Final Fight: Revenge, Guilty Gear, Kakuto Chojin, Kaiser Knuckle/Global Champion, Killer Instinct, King of Fighters, King of Monsters, Knuckle Heads Mace; The Dark Age, Martial Champion, Mortal Kombat, Omen of Sorrow, Power Instinct, Power/Deadly Moves/Athlete, Power Stone, Punch Out, Rage of the Dragons, Samurai Shodown, Saturday Night Slam Masters, Skullgirls, Soul Calibur, Street Fighter, Tekken, Tuff E Nuff, Virtua Fighter, War Gods and World Heroes.


West Asia


Central Asia

South Asia

As Asia is a massive continent and is already over represented in the Fighting Game community with its diverse characters. For Asia part 1 we will be covering the regions of West Asia, South Asia and Central Asia. South-East Asia and East Asia will be covered in the next articles. so bare with us and lets get started. Note we are also including not only characters who are citizens of an Asian country but we will acknowledge diaspora characters born, raised or living abroad usually counting their names, cultural influences, story or celebrities they are based to justify if they do in fact count as a member of a diaspora community.

No Social, Political or otherwise unnecessary offensive comments please as this article is to share and celebrate culture and diversity.


India

The Gandhara from 3 count bount

(Despite being named after the Gandhara region in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He is stated to be Indian. It is possible they are descended from a Hindu of Peshawar that migrated out of Pakistan to India during the partition of South Asia)



KidCobra from ARMS

(part of the Naja gang a references to his possible origin)

Raven Gindar from Eternal Champions

(stated to be taken from her native home to Trinidad. She notably has a bindi possibly hinting Asian heritage. She is likely Asian-Trinidadian from India)



Faraha Kahn from Fighters Impact

(name indicates Muslim background. Design is based on Hindu deities however)


Darun Mister from Fighting EX Layer

(Despite being based off the Pakistani Muslim wrestler the Great Gama from Kashmir. Darun Mister appears to be a Hindu Indian and his surname was originally supposed to be Mistri but was mistransliterated. He is likely of Gujurati origin.)

Sol BadGuy from Guilty Gear

(His confirmed birth name is Frederick Bulsara. Bulsara indicating he is Asian American of Indian descent. The Bulsara is commonly used in Bombay by Gujuratis and Parsis. Sol is likely Parsi as he is based off Farroukh Bulsara aka Freddie Mercury.

Dizzy from Guilty Gear

(She is at least partially Indian through her alleged father Sol who has an Indian Surname of Bulsara indicating he is Indian American so Dizzy is part Indian.)



Great Tiger from Punch Out

(Judging by his Dastar it is likely he is a Sikh most of which are of Punjabi ethnic origin. Though he does not speak Punjabi in game rather he speaks Hindi.)

Abubo Rao from Rage of the Dragons

(The surname Rao is common in both North and South India. Judging by his appearance, Abubo is likely a Punjabi from Rajasthan or Haryana state)



Asura from Samurai Shodown

(Asura is a demon in Hindu culture)


Yuga from Samurai Shodown

(much like Asura, Yuga's name and motif are derived from Hinduism. The eye in his hand and blue skin is reminiscent of the Nazar)

The Wraith from Slam Masters



Dhalsim from Street Fighter

(was originally conceived as a multi -armed Kalaripayattu fighter that wears a Ganesha mask from Kerala. But this was changed except for his Keralite origins)



Pakistan


Sinclair from Art of Fighting

(Sinclair's name is Irish, stated to be Middle Eastern, according some sources she practices Sqay a Kashmiri martial art)


Marco Rodriguez/Khushnood Butt from Fatal Fury

(In Japan he was given the name Marco Rodriguez which is realistic for Brazilian, but was changed to the Pakistani name Khushnood Butt in the American release apparently to avoid confusion with real life MMA fighter Ricco Rodriguez, if Khushnood Butt is the canonical name he is Afro-Asian Brazilian.)


Gandara from Samurai Shodown

(Gandara's name is taken from the ancient civilization of Gandhara which would be located in what is now Peshawar in Pakistan.. It is likely of he comes from a Pashto or Hindko speaking background like many in Peshawar)



Sri Lanka


Chaos from Battle Arena Toshinden



TURKEY


Ellis from Battle Arena Toshinden

(Ellis is Japanese born raised in Turkey)


Efe (Ahmet) from Dual Blades

Alperen from Dual Blades

Bald Bull from Punch Out


Angelica from Samurai Shodown

Sultan Barbaros from Soul Calibur



Hakan from Street Fighter



Saudi Arabia


Sheikh Maherl from Breakers


Pullum Purna from Fighting EX Layer


Nadj from King of Fighters


Avu from Martial Champion


Shaheen from Tekken


Majid Abdul/Siba from Virtua Fighter


Holy Vigoor Empire



Rachel from Dead or Alive

(She is from the fictional Holy Vigoor Empire which according to the Ninja Gaiden Wiki is located in West Asia. Despite this she looks like a Blonde haired blue eyed European lady, possibly a European migrant or of pale Levantine origin)


Kazakhstan


Nagasapa from Dual Blades



Yemen


Prince Naseem/Doza from Ehrgeiz

(He is appears to be British Asian Based of British Yemeni Boxer Naseem "The Prince" Hamed. Being a Kickboxer instead of a boxer and his physical height being 5'10" instead of 5'4" is coincidentally similar to British Bangladeshi Kickboxing Champion Abdul Ali "LionHeart" Jacko who was active around the same time as Hamed)

Syria



Jonothan Blade from Eternal Champion

(Born in Syria but raised in Africa. His name indicates he could be from the Americas like American, Canadian or Caribbean judging by his English name. He could be an Afro-Arab of Yarmouk Basin, Syria who are believed to be Sudanese descended)



Iran


Daeva from Kakuto Chojin

(Daeva's name is an Iranian word for supernatural entities)

Sadira from Killer Instinct

(She is a refugee to Thailand. Her original ethnicity is unknown but speculated to come from a Muslim background as her name Sadira is Iranian, her assassin motif and choice of dress fits the West Asia look, her Spider in the cave design has ties to Abrahamic stories (Jewish and Islamic). Assuming she is not Iranian, her refugee status hints at Rohingya, Palestinian or Uyghur but it is currently unknown)

Zarina from King of Fighters

(Officially Colombian but is stated to live in Brazil, also her name Zarina is Iranian but West Asians in Colombia are most likely Levantine Arabs from Lebanon, and Palestine. She could be a descended from a recent Iranian migrant too)


Astaroth from Soul Calibur


Ashlotte Maedel from Soul Calibur



Iraq


Kan-Ra from Killer Instinct

(Kan-Ra is Babylonian which is ancient Iraq)


Rouge from Power Stone

(Rouge is from the fictional city Mahdad, based off the city Baghdad in Iraq)


Zasalamel from Soul Calibur

(believed to be originally Sumerian but his reincarnated form appears African)



Arabia


Namira from Mace: The Dark Age

(Namira fictional nation is called Tulwara name based of the Talwar sword,)


Al-Rashid from Mace: The Dark Age

(Al-Rashid's nationality is unspecified as Arabic. His Assassins Motif could point to Syrian however)


AlGol from Soul Calibur

(Algol's name and moveset are from Arabic and Mesopotamian culture)


Scheherazade from Soul Calibur

(Based off the character from 1001 Arabian Nights as well)



Afghanistan


Kira from Mortal Kombat

(Disguised herself when living in Afghanistan so closest we getting here)


Israel/Palestine

Zafkiel from Omen of Sorrow

(Name is from a lesser known Arch-Angel in Hebrew folklore called Zaphkiel. Biggest difference is how it is spelled and Zafkiel in Omen of Sorrow is female whilst Zaphkiel in traditional religious beliefs is usually male)

Caleb from Omen of Sorrow

(Stated to be a wandering Samaritan but in this case it could be referring to the original Samaritan meaning someone from Samaria which is part of the modern day West Bank in Palestinian territory. Caleb is also a Hebrew name meaning Dog in the metaphorical sense of being Bravely Loyal to God)

Double from Skullgirls

(She is stated to refer to Gehenna as her home. the Valley of Hinnom)



Lebanon


Sahad Asran Ryuto from Power Instinct


United Arab Emirates


Rashid from Street Fighter


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