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Before he was Skullomania, he was just an average salesman named Saburo Nishikoyama. His superiors were not pleased with his results as a salesman. Down on his luck and constantly under pressure for results, he volunteered to dress up and perform like a superhero at a carnival thrown for a top customer in their department store. He had hoped it would be a chance to prove his value as a salesman. When he grabbed the attention of all in attendance, something clicked in him. His fate was to be a superhero. Tired of his job, Skullomania decided to become a vigilante crime-fighter.

In Street Fighter EX2, he was described as a defector from an army of an unknown nation. He and Shadowgeist are implied to be brothers. Skullomania also made an appearance in the Arika game Technictix, released only in Japan. Skullomania also made an appearance in the PlayStation game, Fighter Maker. Skullomania's design is assumed to be inspired by the Japanese superhero Kamen Rider (who happened to be based off another character, called Skull Man). His ending in SFEX is a reference to Kinkotsuman from Kinnikuman (M.U.S.C.L.E) Giant Scene. Some fans also believe he's inspired by real-life luchador La Parka.
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Street Fighter EX2, Street Fighter EX3, Fighting Ex Layer, SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy


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Page Updated:  July 27th, 2023

When I first saw Skullomania, my thoughts were along the lines of: "What the hell? This guy doesn't fit into Street Fighter... and what the f*ck kind of name is Skullomania anyway?!" However, over time... this guy definitely grew on me, and I discovered he's actually pretty fun to use. Looking back on him over 15 years later, and I have a soft spot in my heart for Skullomania. JK. lol. Nah, Skullo is awesome... just look at the guy, how could you not like him? What an epic and hilarious superhero design. The only downside about him is that he's severely underdeveloped... but damn does he have potential.

His visual update in Street Fighter EX2 took his design a step further, enhancing his "superhero-ness" (and making him resemble Kamen Rider even more). His Level 3 super move in EX2 was also hilariously epic (see below). Still one of my all time favorite super moves to this day. XD Needless to say, I'd love to see Skullo make an appearance in a future Capcom fighting game... if only Capcom can once again acquire the rights to Arika's characters.

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