Fighting games have had some strange super moves over the years, that much is clear…
At first, all you could do in fighting games was punch and kick your opponent. Then it turned into throwing fireballs at them, and the next big step was a big fireball that was charged by a meter.
Super moves are now a standard part of the genre. They may be called Overdrives, Desperation Moves, or Final Smashes. They’ve also come in many different kinds, but some of them were pretty strange. In fighting games, these are the strangest super moves.
Ultra Street Fighter 4: Oil Combination Hold
Street Fighter 4 brought the genre back from the cold, and its Super, Arcade, and Ultra updates kept the heat on. The new Ultra Combos stood out because they were more extreme than ever before. It was crazy for Yun to do skateboard tricks with his opponent, and it was also crazy for Rufus to turn into a kung-fu typhoon. Both of them don’t stand out as much as Hakan, the Turkish oil wrestler.
He puts oil on himself and then lies down. Then, if the opponent gets too close or lands on him, they will slip and Hakan will grab them. He’ll squeeze them so hard with a spin that they fall out like a bar of soap and hit the edge of the screen. His weird look and moves told us he would do something crazy, and the Oil Combination Hold didn’t let us down.
Street Fighter EX2 Plus: Skullo Dream
When Akuma used his Raging Demon super move to knock out M. Bison in Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, it became a well-known move. So, crazy copies like Morrigan’s Eternal Slumber in Marvel vs. Capcom, Iggy’s Sand Storm in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, and Skullomania’s Skullo Dream were bound to follow.
In the first EX and EX+Alpha, the skeletal superhero would attack his enemy with quick cuts of attacks, like in a comic book. For the sequel, it was spiced up with some random cutaways, like Skullomania stomping the opponent between the legs, fighting them in a dust cloud, or having tea with them at a small table. At least he’s nice while he’s beating me up.
Final Fight Revenge: Poison Kiss
Most people would think that Street Fighter X Tekken was the first fighting game in which they could play as Poison from Final Fight. But if they went to the right arcades or had a Japanese Sega Saturn, they could have found her in Final Fight Revenge, a weird 3D fighter with all the Final Fight characters, from the grunts to the bosses.
Almost all of their superpowers could be on this list, like Haggar’s ability to piledrive people through the earth or Rolento’s ability to chase after them in a helicopter. But they can’t compare to Poison’s saucy version of the Raging Demon, which is caused by a kiss. Ever wanted to see her strike a Marilyn Monroe pose over the air vent? Try this game, and then look at yourself long and hard and think about life.
Marvel Series: Otoko Michi
Dan Hibiki is always a joke character in Street Fighter, and he has his fair share of silly supers. The super fireball that doesn’t go very far. That big smile at the end of his attack was Shisso Buraiken. His Super Taunt, which costs all of Dan’s meter, does nothing but leave his opponent free to attack him. The only thing that would be better than that would be a move that would kill him when he did it.
Go to the Marvel games and use the Otoko Michi. If you do the Raging Demon super command backwards, Dan will dash, grab his enemy, and then explode with a loud “OYAAAAJJJIIII!” to his father. It will do a fair amount of damage to his target, leaving him with only a tiny bit of health. He might hurt his opponent, but all they have to do to win is jab him after that.
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Road Roller Da!
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is now a well-known anime show. Memes from the show are known even by people who have never seen it. But between 1997 and 2012, if people knew about it at all, it was because of the Road Roller in the Capcom fighting game.
The bad guy in the show, Dio Brando, will jump off the screen, drop a road roller on his opponent, and beat it until it blows up. Even in a game with a dog that fights, the Road Roller confused people. Did that really happen in the manga? Yes, it was, and anime fans would find out 20 or more years later that it would only get stranger.
Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax: Claw Machine Mutilation
Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax is a game made by Sega and Ecole Software. Fans of light novels probably already know about it. Characters from Sword Art Online, A Certain Magical Index, Toradora, and more fight to stop the Zetsumu Organization. Kirino Ksaka from Oreimo also shows up as a character you can play as.
She tried to hide her nerdy interests from her friends and family in her native series. By Happy Wheels game, she was sure enough of them that she could trap her opponent in a Claw Machine and grab them to do a lot of damage. It’s based on the UFO Catcher from the Yakuza games (and real game centers), right down to the music and sound effects.
King Of Fighters 14: The Wisdom!
There have been a lot of strange characters in SNK games, but not many strange supers. Choi, the Freddy Krueger lookalike who is small and fights in King of Fighters, cuts people with his claws. Lin is a poisonous ninja who beats them up and poisons them. In the pachinko game Dragon Gal, Muimui calls up a dragon. They have a lot of color and are typical of the characters.
Xanadu is not like anything else. This crook with the crazy beard and bug-like eyes flails his arms, yells, and talks to himself incoherently. In his Climax move, he does more of the same, stopping only to be amazed by a light off-screen. As his move ends, he shouts, “Eureka!” In that light, what did he see? No one knows, and no one seems to care, since he’s been left behind in KOF 14…for now.
Guilty Gear Xrd: Stimulating Fists Of Annihilation
If this list took into account Fatalities and Instant Kills, Faust from Guilty Gear would be weirder than everyone from Mortal Kombat. In Guilty Gear X, he kills his enemy with an afro-causing bomb. In X2, he nukes the whole stage by accident. Then, when he does impromptu plastic surgery in Xrd, his opponent gets a new face that is chosen at random. But his “Stimulating Fist of Annihilation” is a pretty bad super move.
Faust swims through the ground and plays a game of chance with his enemy. If they find the angel in one of the four cups, they’ll be able to get out of the move. If they find the Reaper, Faust will put his fingers together and…strike a stimulating spot. In GGX and X2, he had this move. Xrd just used the new 3D graphics to zoom in on his fingers and see how badly his opponent was doing.
World Heroes Perfect: Secret Garden
In ADK’s top fighter, people from history fought to the death in a tournament. That sounds cool, but their design team ran into some trouble with it. He became a punk in the 1970s. Captain Kidd got strong enough to lynch his enemies. While Mudman uses his bongos to call on his gods to carry him to Heaven.
Rasputin is turned into a stereotypical snob with magic powers, which makes things even stranger. His Secret Garden super is to pull his opponent into a bush of roses, where they fight while a big heart with his face pops out. If he does it at the highest level, he will let them try it twice in the garden.
Vampire Savior: Midnight Bliss
There are a lot of strange moves and changes in the Darkstalkers games. Lord Raptor making his enemy into a basketball for the Hell Dunk. Lilith was having fun by making them dance to a little rhythm game. Jedah cut his enemy into pieces in a sea of blood. Demitri, one of the less interesting characters in the series, has the most famous transformation super move.
In Vampire Savior, he will dash at his opponent and grab them. He will then change them into something he likes better before draining their blood. The men are turned into women, and the women are dressed up or changed into something strange. This super gave a standard shoto some flavor, and it was added to his moves in SNK vs. Capcom: Chaos and Capcom Fighting Evolution.