• Amir-Hamza

World Fighting Game Characters: Europe Part 1 South Europe

Updated: Nov 3, 2021

Italians like Tekken's Claudio Serafino, King of Fighter's Robert Garcia and Soul Calibur's Voldo

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.

UN Geoscheme of Europe. South Europe in Green

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.


Big Bomberder/Gochack BigBomb from 3 Count Bout

Joker from Battle of the Beast God

(He is named Marco Bariadrid)

Mila from Dead or Alive

Laurence Blood from Fatal Fury

Zato-1 from Guilty Gear

Vittoria from Kakuto Chojin

Shadow from Kakuto Chojin

(Shadow is revealed to be Vittoria's long lost brother. So it is likely he shared the same Spanish heritage as her too)

Nick from Power Moves

Don Flamenco from Punch Out

Kirian from Samurai Shodown

Cerebella from Skullgirls

(Her real name is Cassandra Veranos. Veranos meaning Summers in Spanish)

Cervantes de Leon from Soul Calibur

Ivy Valentine from Soul Calibur

(She is born and raised British, but her father is Cervantes making her half Spanish)

Vega from Street Fighter

Miguel Caballero Rojo from Tekken


Lola Pop from ARMS

(Her home stage is called Via Dolce meaning sweet street in Italian)

Robert Garcia from Art of Fighting

Eos from Battle Arena Toshinden

Pierre Montatio from Breakers

Leon from Dead or Alive

Riptide from Eternal Champions

Franco Bash from Fatal Fury

(He is of Italian American descent, so this is a diaspora inclusion)

Marstorious from Fighter's History

Janis Luciani from Fighting Layer

(She is British, her surname indicates Italian heritage which is not unusual in the UK)

Vulcano Rosso from Fighting EX Layer

Giovanna from Guilty Gear

(she is Italian Brazilian judging by her name Giovanna. A diaspora inclusion here.)

Another Robert from King of Fighters

Mordos Kull from Mace: The Dark Age

(Raised by gypsies in Italy. The surname Kull is used by Estonians hinting his heritage)

Angela Belti from Power Instinct

Elizabeth Belti from Power Instinct

Sandra Belti from Power Instinct

Pete from Power Stone

(Despite the English name, Pete is based off Pinocchio who was from an Italian folklore and stated to be from Tuscany specifically)

Little Mac from Punch Out

(Heavily based off Sylvester Stallone and his Rocky Balboa character. His tanned skinned appearance is indicating he is a dark skinned Italian American)

Pizza Pasta from Punch Out

Mad-Clown from Punch Out

Johann from Rage of the Dragons

Filia Medici from Skullgirls

(Her name is pretty much of Italian origin)

Valerie Valentine from Skullgirls

(Her surname is Italian)

Squigly from Skullgirls

(Her name Sienna Contiello is Italian/Latin origin)

Fukua from Skullgirls

(She is a clone of Filia who we established is Italian)

Voldo from Soul Calibur

Valeria from Soul Calibur

Lord Gio Dampierre from Soul Calibur

Viola from Soul Calibur

(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)

Rose from Street Fighter

Claudio Serafino from Tekken

Brad Burns from Virtua Fighter

Maximus from War Gods

(Latin name and he is a Roman Gladiator)

Dio from World Heroes

Geegus from World Heroes


Trident from Eternal Champion

(Defended Atlantis from the Holy Roman Empire. As Atlantis is from Ancient Greek myths it will count as a Fictional South European nation here)


Zero from Battle Arena Toshinden

Thanatos from Eternal Champions

(He is the Greek God of Death)

Aganos from Killer Instinct

(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)

Athena Asamiya from King of Fighters

(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)

Blat Vaike from Knuckle Heads

Lord Deimos from Mace: The Dark Age

(Deimos is a Greek name meaning Dreaded from the Greek Deity Deimos)

Thalessa from Omen of Sorrows

(Her name is derived from Thalassa a Water Spirit in Greek Myths and she is stated in the story of the game to be an Archon meaning Ruler in Greek)

Sophitia Alexandra from Soul Calibur

Cassandra Alexandra from Soul Calibur

Patroklos Alexander from Soul Calibur

Pyrrha Alexandra from Soul Calibur

Lizardman from Soul Calibur

(real name Aeon Calcos)

Gill from Street Fighter

(Nationality is unknown but he borrows a lot from Mediterranean, most especially Greek and bit from Asian culture. Also some sources specify his martial art as Pankration a Greek Martial Art. So we are going for this one)

Urien from Street Fighter

(Same as his brother Gill. A lot of his motifs borrow from Mediterranean cultures and Asian cultures. He also is listed as Pankration fighter)

Pagan from War Gods

(She can use black magic to summon a medusa head as an attack. It is likely she is based off Greek witches)

Zeus from World Heroes

(He is the greek god of thunder)

Iberian Peninsula

Taria de Castillo from Mace: The Dark Age

Grendal from Mace: The Dark Age

(He is Taria's Long Lost Twin Brother)


Sir Dregan from Mace: The Dark Age

(The name Dregan is usually spelled as Dragan a Serbian name meaning Dear Beloved)


Johnny Cage From Mortal Kombat

(In Mortal Kombat X Johnny Cage discovers that he is distantly descended from a Mediterranean warrior cult who were "selectively bred for the Gods". So he gets an honourary mention as someone of Mediterranean descent)

Cassie Cage From Mortal Kombat

(She also inherits the God busting energy from her Father's Mediterranean ancestry so by proxy she gets an honourary mention as a Mediterranean American, bonus points her first name Cassie is short for Cassandra a Greek name)


Setsuka from Soul Calibur

(Born in Europe, raised in Japan. Her original name was apparently Neve meaning Snow in Portuguese. New Timeline states she is half Portuguese as they were the first Europeans to trade with Japan and the Portuguese phrase Obrigado is related to the Japanese phrase Arigato both meaning Thank You)

Check out our other world fighting game character articles the links below

World Fighting Game Characters Africa

World Fighting Game Characters Oceania

World Fighting Game Characters The Americas Part 1

World Fighting Game Characters Asia Part 1

World Fighting Game Characters The Americas Part 2

World Fighting Game Characters Europe Part 2

World Fighting Game Characters Europe Part 3

World Fighting Game Characters Asia Part 2

World Fighting Game Characters Europe Part 4

World Fighting Game Characters The Americas Part 3

World Fighting Game Characters Asia Part 3

World Fighting Game Characters Asia Part 4

World Fighting Game Characters Asia Part 5

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