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Our expansive listing of random factoids about characters and games. If you know something we don't, feel free to submit it.

# A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

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Takara-Playmates agreement
The PC version of Battle Arena Toshinden includes Earthworm Jim as a hidden character (unlockable by entering a code). This is because of the deal that Playmates (publisher of the first two Earthworm Jim games) and Takara (publisher of the Battle Arena Toshinden series) had made: whilist Takara would publish the Earthworm Jim games in Japan, Playma...
Applies to: Earthworm Jim Battle Arena Toshinden
Take Me Down To Megalo City
The name Megalo City apparently has some deep connection in Sega history, but I don't know what. Other than being the setting for Buster Fight/Masters of Combat, it's the name of a Sega arcade cabinet style(!) and a level in Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity.
Applies to: Masters of Combat
Tales of Mobile
Namco-Bandai released a version of Tales of Vs. in Japan for mobile phones that actually was able to import character data from the PSP version. Unfortunately, instead of being a versus fighter like the original, the mobile version uses turn-based combat.
Applies to: Tales of VS.
Tatsu-no-go vs. Scrapcom
According to a pre-order booklet available with the Japanese version of Ultimate All-Stars, Komugi Narahara (from the anime Nurse Witch Komugi), Muteking (from Tondemo Senshi Muteking), Ryuichi Naruhodo (AKA Phoenix Wright outside of Japan), and Ingrid were originally in the game.
Applies to: Ingrid Phoenix Wright Tatsunoko vs. Capcom
Terrorize y'alls neighborhood
Beating Final Fight Revenge without continuing will treat the player to a scene of zombie Belger performing portions of the dance from Michael Jackson's Thriller music video.
Applies to: Belger Final Fight Revenge
Terry's Bizarre Connection
Terry's finger point win pose (adopted since Mark of the Wolves) is a signature gesture of Jotaro Kujo, who uses it frequently in his own games. The significance of the expression "Stand up!" is lost on me, though.
Applies to: Jotaro Kujo Terry Bogard
thank you based Shady
CC & SH mascot Shady made it into Skullgirls' Glass Canopy stage for a cameo, by way of Indiegogo crowdfunding contribution.
Applies to: Shady Skullgirls
That's Some Pretty Anal Censorship
Due to Nintendo's censorship rules during the 90s, Sodom is renamed as "Katana" in the U.S. versions of all games that he appears in on their home consoles released during this time period.
Applies to: Sodom Street Fighter Alpha 2
The "Electric" Wind Godfist
Wether by glitch or intention, performing Kazuya's Tekken 2 Wind Godfist with exact timing made the move more effective. When Jin and Heihachi took over prime Mishima-ship in Tekken 3, an electric spark was added to their Wind Godfist's when pulled off with the necessary timing.
Applies to: Heihachi Mishima Jin Kazama Kazuya Mishima
The Bear Necessities
Though no character in Battle K-Road has such unrealistic moves as Street Fighter's often-copied trademark "fireballs," its boss character Mr. Bear has moves strongly resembling that series' equally famous "dragon punch" and "hurricane kick" techniques (minus the flames and wind, of course).
Applies to: Mr. Bear
The Case of the Missing Fatties
For some reason Bam Bam Bigelow and Yokozuna are missing from the Super NES version of WWF Wrestlemania.
Applies to: Bam Bam Bigelow Yokozuna WWF Wrestlemania
The Desexualization of America
Aska's pant bottoms were given considerably increased coverage for the American release of Tournament Fighters. Additionally, her Japanese win pose was a traditional ninja girl boob bounce, but the animation was completely redone for America to remove any trace of bouncing.
Applies to: Aska Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tournament Fighters (SNES)
The Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Wonders of the World
In the first Final Fight Capcom introduced a family of wrestlers named Andore, obvious tributes/parodies of professional wrestler Andre the Giant. When Andore (like other popular Final Fighters) got a break in the Street Fighter series, he did so as a completely unrelated giant red polka dotted wrestler named Hugo. Despite establishing Hugo in SF...
Applies to: Andore Hugo
The Fisticuff Prince
Like Mike Bison/Balrog before him, Prince Naseem of Ehrgeiz had a name change to Prince Doza due to the fact that a famous pugilist already had that name - "Prince" Naseem Hamed of England. Despite Ehrgeiz' Naseem being a kickboxer rather than a boxer, and an actual prince instead of just being nicknamed that, apparently it was too close to the rea...
Applies to: Prince Doza
The Gallant Ninja
The characters of Jiraiya/Ziria, Tsunade, and Orochimaru are based on an ancient Japanese fable called Jiraiya Goketsu Monogatari (The Gallant Tale of Jiraiya). In the story, the toad sage Jiraiya is married to the princess of slugs, Tsunade. Jiraiya's arch-nemesis is Orochimaru, who uses foreign snake magic.
Applies to: Jiraiya Orochimaru Orochimaru Orochimaru Tsunade Tsunade Ziria
The Guile of Blades and Guns
Hot off of their intent to include Gunloc as a playable character in their game, Incredible Technologies decided to make the character of Blade, actually Gunloc incognito. Furthermore, they played off of the Capcom USA invented story tidbit that Gunloc was Guile's brother.
Applies to: Blade Guile Gunloc
The Invasion of Pac-Man
Namco is fond of inserting Pac-Man references in their games. The emblem Talim's necklace bears a resemblance to Pac-man. Jade Curtiss' belt buckle is shaped like Pac-Man, and the notches on his belt represents the pellets that Pac-Man eats.
Applies to: Jade Curtiss Talim
The Killing Joke
While the Joker himself could not return in the series M-Rated follow up to MK vs DC, his infamously censored Fatality (Bang, Bang) did. Referred to as "a trick he picked up from previous opponents", Shang Tsung can morph into a very Joker-like clown and recreate the comedic execution verbatim, complete with win pose.
Applies to: Shang Tsung The Joker Mortal Kombat (2011) Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe
The Lin Kuei
A secret clan of warriors founded somewhere deep within China. Lin Kuei's true origins are unknown, but it has been host to countless notorious assasins for centuries. The younger Sub Zero is the current Lin Kuei grandmaster, and in lieu of their villianous history, he has pledged his and the entire clans allegiance to Raiden and Earthrealm.
Applies to: Sub Zero Sub Zero (II)
The Littlest Racer
In both Jacky and Sarah's endings in Virtua Fighter Kids, Jacky is seen as the driver of the Hornet No. 41 car from Daytona USA.
Applies to: Hornet Jacky Bryant Sarah Bryant Virtua Fighter Kids
The Man Behind the Risky Dolls
Takahiro Kimura, The designer and creator of the game series Variable Geo (and among many succesful animes: Code Geass, Goddanar, Betterman, GaoGaiGar, Gundam SEED, Kiddy Grade, The Viper series, etc.) is also behind the Asuka 120% series.
Applies to: Advanced V.G. Advanced V.G. 2 Asuka 120% BURNING Fest. Asuka 120% Excellent BURNING Fest. Asuka 120% Final BURNING Fest. Asuka 120% Limited BURNING Fest. Asuka 120% Maxima BURNING Fest. Asuka 120% Special BURNING Fest. V.G. Custom V.G. II V.G. Max Variable Geo
The name's Nash... Charlie Nash
When Charlie was first introduced, he was known by Nash in Japan, and Charlie in the U.S. To reconcile his two names and to avoid confusion, fans began touting Nash as his surname. This carried over into UDON's Street Fighter comics. However, it was never made officially canon until the 2009 home release of Street Fighter 4, where the name of Nash,...
Applies to: Charlie Nash Street Fighter 4
The Name's The Same...
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story was also released for Sega's Master System and Game Gear systems. However, this game was some sort of lame platformer instead of the 16/64-bit and LCD versions.
Applies to: Dragon
The Nightmare Is Yours
In One Piece Gigant Battle, if the player chooses Monkey D. Luffy as his or her battle character and Nightmare Luffy as support, Luffy will briefly transform into Nightmare Luffy instead of simply summoning him like the other characters do.
Applies to: Monkey D. Luffy Nightmare Luffy One Piece Gigant Battle
The Shirai Ryu Clan
A clan of ninja founded by the rogue Lin Kuei, Takeda. His newfound clan mocked the Lin Kuei with bright yellow variants of their signature garb, and the two clans became bitter rivals. The Shirai Ryu clan was utterly wiped out at Quan Chi's hands, as thanks for the elder Sub Zero's work in retrieving the amulet. Scorpion is believed to be their ...
Applies to: Scorpion
The Soul Almost Stopped Burning
According to the March 1998 issues of Tips and Tricks, Soul Calibur was originally "not a sequel to Soul Edge, but rather, a completely new fight fest. It is weapons-based, and does feature a couple of returning characters from Soul Edge, but Namco assures us that the similarities end there."
Applies to: Soul Calibur
The Stage With PC Reference
A store named "PC-Zone" can be seen on Kurisu Makise's stage. PC Zone was an English magazine that aimed for PC games.

Inside an another store, a computer monitor has the well-known Bliss image (or atleast it looks like it) which was a common background for Windows XP operating system. Whether Charles O'Rear is aware of that is unclear.

Applies to: Kurisu Makise Phantom Breaker: Extra
The Sun
Del Sol is an original creation of Anchor Inc, a 3D animation company that worked on Fighting Vipers 2. In the past, Anchor's webpage featured an "Anchor Wrestling Association" section with Del Sol and another character demonstrating various wrestling moves in GIF form.

Del Sol's 1P and 2P masks reappear as create-a-wrestler parts in 2002'...

Applies to: Del Sol Fighting Vipers 2
The Tiniest Background Cameo
In Samurai Shodown!, the bamboo forest stage contains silhouettes of what appear to be Nicotine, Gaira, and Basara.
Applies to: Basara Gaira Caffeine Nicotine Caffeine Samurai Shodown!
The Truth About Poison's Genitalia
"Let's set the record straight: In North America, Poison is officially a post-op transexual," Ono reveals. "But in Japan, she simply tucks her business away in order to look like a girl." Apparently, a cross-dressing character with a penis was deemed taboo for sensitive Western audiences.
-Yoshinori Ono via EGM, January 2008

Applies to: Poison
The Undying Disease
One of the weirder loose ends in Guilty Gear's plot is Raven, servant of That Man and apparent "parallel existence" of Axl Low. He appears in some story scenes in Guilty Gear XX and in the novel "Lightning the Argent."
Raven returns as a boss in Guilty Gear 2, unfortunately doing little to shed light on Daisuke Ishiwatari's grand scheme, but at...

Applies to: Axl Low Guilty Gear XX
The War He Didn't Cover
Frank West was removed from Marvel vs. Capcom 3 pretty late in development due to some difficulties with his special moves. Popular rumor says that it was due to excessive lag when summoning zombies in a more robust (read: actually functional) online environment. Director Ryota Niitsuma said he was actually part of the CG trailers made to promote t...
Applies to: Frank West Marvel vs Capcom 3
Their Final Fight
Most know the opening demo of Street Fighter 2 depicts two fighters engaged in a bare knuckle bout decided by a single akwardly thrown blow. Few know that they are none other than Joe and Mike the USA representatives from Street Fighter 1.
Applies to: Joe Mike Street Fighter 2
They Fell Off A Mountain
Project lead Masahiro Sakurai has gone on record as saying that, while his team got them working perfectly in the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros., the Ice Climbers were not functioning as expected in the Nintendo 3DS version. Since the two versions needed to have identical rosters, the pair was cut from both.

A glitch in the 3DS version...

Applies to: Ice Climbers Super Smash Bros. (2014)
This place is Hell
The fictional Latin American village known as Green Hell not only appears in Samurai Shodown games, but is also the setting for the 1989 SNK shooter Prehistoric Isle in 1930.
Applies to: Cham Cham Pak Pak Tam Tam Tam Tam (SS5 Era) Samurai Shodown
Titi 'n A
Although Racheal got all the pornography and gashapon figure attention, Titi (Chaos outside of Japan) is the only representative of Martial Champion to appear as a boss in Konami's 2007 parody-girls-shmup-thing, Otomedius.
Applies to: Chaos Martial Champion
To Be the Man, You Have to Beat THE MAN
The 1P vs. 2P battle theme in Fatal Fury is a revamped version of the level one theme of Street Smart, one of SNK's pre-Neo Geo quarter suckers.
Applies to: Fatal Fury
Todoh's Cameos
FFS: Ryo's stage, washing some cloth against a rock (?). KOF'95: Women's stage, drinking with Duck King and Heavy D! KOF'96: Women's stage, cheering and waving fans (but only if Kasumi is fighting). KOF'97: China stage, with Duck King and Heavy D!
Applies to: Todoh
TO-GA! TO-GA! TO-GA!
In Marvel Team-Up #74 (printed in October 1978), Spider-Man teams up with... the cast of Saturday Night Live. During a tussle with John Belushi (dressed in his Samurai Futaba costume), Silver Samurai snatches a magical ring from the actor that allows him to teleport. This is presumed to be the method in which Silver Samurai is able to teleport with...
Applies to: Silver Samurai
Transcending History and the World
Rarely in Samurai Shodown 2, Kim Kaphwan will stand in for Hikyaku the Courier Man, running through the background.
Applies to: Kim Kaphwan Samurai Shodown 2
Two Brothers
With the exception of sound systems and music, all aspects of development was completed by the brothers Rob and Ryan Elam.
Applies to: One Must Fall 2097