John Crawley


John Crawley is a martial arts instructor, and with his brutal and aggressive fighting style was known to his friends as "The Madman" and "The killing Machine." He enters the tournament to win the prize money and test his skills.

In the first AOF, Crawley has longer hair. By the time AOF2 occurs, his hair is cut shorter. Crawley also has been compared to Guile because of their similar hair color, special moves, and military motifs. In John's AOF2 ending, the US Military attempts to recruit him to rescue the President's canary, named Tweeter. John refuses, telling the General "Hasta la vista!"
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Art of Fighting


Art of Fighting 2, Card Fighters Clash, Card Fighters Clash 2


Page Updated:  May 8th, 2019

Seems like SNK had some trouble thinking up their own character designs in the early days and wanted their own "blonde-haired American army guy" for their fighting game... AKA subtly rip-off a new fighting game icon, Guile. If, somehow, John wasn't an intentional rip-off of Guile (which he is), he still sucks as a design anyway. lol. His face also strongly resembles Geese Howard, an SNK design who actually turned into something good.

It's also pretty ironic that Capcom created Charlie in the SFA series, who has a very similar attire and color scheme to John (but much cooler hair of course). Was this Capcom's answer to Mr. Crawley? Was this Capcom saying, "Nice try ripping off Guile, SNK. But watch us rip off your rip-off character, and do it better." Knowing Capcom, this is entirely possible. To state the obvious, John is a visually bland and generic design... but in some ways, it makes him a laughable and memorable character for nostalgia value. I think SNK realized it as well, which is why they never bothered bringing this fool back. I also find it funny that he looks a lot like Wesker in AOF2. Was Capcom so butt-hurt that they ripped John off again and made Wesker (not being serious)? Maybe John was ahead of his time after all? ^o^

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