John Crawley
 

BIO:

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 original Art of Fighting, Crawley has longer hair. By the time Art of Fighting 2 occurs, his hair is cut shorter. Crawley 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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ORIGIN:
Art of Fighting

  
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OTHER APPEARANCES:
Art of Fighting 2, Card Fighters Clash, Card Fighters Clash 2

 
                                                           
 

Page Updated:  Apr. 27th, 2020

It seems SNK had trouble thinking up their own fighting game characters in the early days. SNK wanted their own "blonde-haired American army guy who throws Sonic Booms" in Art of Fighting. The plan: Rip-off the latest fighting game icon making waves at arcades, Guile! Even John's stage was exactly the same as Guile's, with the same blonde dudes in the background and even the wooden crates. Hilarious. In retrospect, John is actually a comical & nostalgic character for that very reason. I'm glad John exists. His face also weirdly resembles Geese Howard (an early SNK character who actually went somewhere).

It's also ironic that Capcom created Charlie in SFA, who has a very similar attire and color scheme to John's AOF1 appearance (but much cooler hair, of course). It was if to say, "Here, this is how you rip-off Guile! I got your Guile rip-off RIGHT HERE, SNK!" lol. The 90's were the best. "You steal our character? Now watch us rip off our own character, ripping off your character, and do it better!" If you're too young to remember the early 90's, you missed out. You missed out Big. John's AOF2 design was more visually interesting. It's funny how he looks a lot like Geese and/or Wesker in AOF2. Was Capcom so butt-hurt that they ripped off John again when creating Wesker? (Not being serious, but that would be funny as hell.)

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