World Fighting Game Characters: Europe Part 1 South Europe
Updated: Nov 3, 2021
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.
As Europe is a very heavily represented region in the fighting game franchise. We decided to see which parts of Europe gets the most rep and which countries in each European regions. Also saves space as this article would be too long. So here we use the UN Geoscheme for Europe which divides Europe into for four regions. South, East, West and North Europe. Here we will cover South Europe to start with. We are covering character from South Europe according to the UN Geoscheme definition and we will also acknowledge ethnic minorities and diaspora communities such as a Spaniard living in the UK can count.
No Social, Political or otherwise unnecessary offensive comments please as this article is to share and celebrate culture and diversity.
(He is named Marco Bariadrid)
(Shadow is revealed to be Vittoria's long lost brother. So it is likely he shared the same Spanish heritage as her too)
(Her real name is Cassandra Veranos. Veranos meaning Summers in Spanish)
(She is born and raised British, but her father is Cervantes making her half Spanish)
(Her home stage is called Via Dolce meaning sweet street in Italian)
(He is of Italian American descent, so this is a diaspora inclusion)
(She is British, her surname indicates Italian heritage which is not unusual in the UK)
(Raised by gypsies in Italy. The surname Kull is used by Estonians hinting his heritage)
(Despite the English name, Pete is based off Pinocchio who was from an Italian folklore and stated to be from Tuscany specifically)
(Heavily based off Sylvester Stallone and his Rocky Balboa character. His tanned skinned appearance is indicating he is a dark skinned Italian American)
(Her name is pretty much of Italian origin)
(Her surname is Italian)
(Her name Sienna Contiello is Italian/Latin origin)
(She is a clone of Filia who we established is Italian)
(Her origin is unknown but she has plenty of Latin and Italian references in her name and theme naming of her attacks and her Weapon)
(Latin name and he is a Roman Gladiator)
(Defended Atlantis from the Holy Roman Empire. As Atlantis is from Ancient Greek myths it will count as a Fictional South European nation here)
(He is the Greek God of Death)
(A War Golem created by Mycenaean Greeks. Was loyal to the Babylonian King at one point. So here he is included as an Honourary mention)
(She is a distant descendant of Athena from the video game Athena. The Kingdom of Victory appears to be Greek inspired along with the name Athena, so a Japanese woman with Greek ancestry)
(Deimos is a Greek name meaning Dreaded from the Greek Deity Deimos)