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Karnov originally starred in his own arcade game (titled Karnov) which was developed and published by Data East in 1987. He later became a "mascot" for Data East, appearing in several other Data East titles. Karnov appears as the first boss character the player fights against in Bad Dudes Vs. DragonNinja. Karnov later made his fighting game debut in the Fighter's History series.

Karnov's full name is Jinborov Karnovski. Karnov, although popularly illustrated as an Eastern European or a Slav, is actually from Central Asia, the former Soviet Union as shown on the original arcade flyer and again in Karnov's Revenge.

Karnov's Fighters History storyline is as follows: Karnov is a feared and wealthy man of power. He is a known collector of ancient and powerful artifacts, most of which were either earned as awards or gained through theft. Bored of his life of peace and wanting to find a new challenge, he hosts the "Great Grapple" tournament for the world's fighters and offers his fortune as the prize.
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Fighters History



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Page Updated:  May 23rd, 2019

Bad Dudes was one of my ALL TIME favorite games as a kid in the late 80's... I freakin' loved that game and must've played through it 100+ times. So what the hell happened to Karnov? He was buff and friggin' RIPPED in Bad Dudes. He wore these huge metal gauntlets, too. It's cool that he reappeared in Fighters History, but he got FAAAAAT. And flabby. lol. #NotMyKarnov

There's something slightly entertaining about this guy. He's got some charisma, but he needs to work on those man-tits... or cover them up.

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