World Fighting Game Characters: Oceania
Updated: Dec 6, 2020
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.
We head over to the smallest continent of Oceania. Full of several island nation of Austronesians, Melanesians, Polynesians and Micronesians. Or some of them are just called the Pacific Islanders if they are of Indigenous/Aboriginal origins, either way as Dwayne Johnson would say they are "Oceanic" and can be some of biggest people you've seen on such a small continental region. Lets see how they are represented in the fighting game industry shall we. We are mostly acknowledging citizens or nationals of countries located in Oceania. But hypothetically we will include potentially diaspora characters in other nations if present. We will also try to cover the ethnic backgrounds of these characters especially if they are Indigenous.
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(Stated to speak English with an Australian accent)
(note was originally Japanese American hence his name Kano is used as a Japanese first name, in live action has been portrayed by a British White and a British Asian, In the Newer games he is implied to be White Australian)
(Despite voiced with an american accent. He is supposedly based off Australian Wrestler Nathan Jones. His alternate skins imply he is partially of Aboriginal Australian heritage as his tan skin can be darker and he has curly hair or will be wearing traditional Aboriginal or Pacific Islander styled tattoos/skin paint and clothes.)
(If you count the Kangaroos as Australians)
(Same with Roger. Kangaroos are from Australia)
(Is stated to be Aboriginal Australian)
(Hoihoi's name appears to be a slang term in Polynesian languages and his appearance seems to mix up clown and Polynesian painted warrior stereotypes)
(Stated to come from the fictional South Pacific Island nation called Hippo Island, that's as much as we can find out so far)
(His stage Avalon island is located in the North Pacific Ocean, Valgas' name is possibly from the Spanish name Vargas though his tanned skinned could indicate he is from a country that was formerly in the Spanish East Indies).
(Stated to be from Honolulu, Hawaii)
(His ethnicity is not clear, but he is based off Superstar Billy Graham, Hulk Hogan, Rick Flair and Macho Man Randy Savage. Notably Billy Graham claims to be part Cherokee, Hulk Hogan claims some Panamanian heritage which could explain Super Macho Man's skin tone. He also speaks with a Hawaiian surfer dude accent)