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Eagle is the younger brother of Chief Thunder. His real name is Tipyelehne. He has also gone by the name of "Black Eagle". Eagle was first mentioned in the original Killer Instinct (1994) storyline. He made his playable debut in Season 3 of Killer Instinct (2013).

Like his brother, Eagle was a skilled warrior. He had entered a previous Killer Instinct tournament and won, using his newfound fame to publicly protest the evils of Ultratech. Unfortunately, this protest was short-lived, as Eagle mysteriously vanished shortly afterwards. Eagle was converted into the first in a line of cyborg soldiers known as the Fulgores, and was sent to participate in the upcoming Killer Instinct tournament. Coincidentally, Thunder entered the same tournament in order to discover the fate of his brother. He did not win the tournament, but he succeeded in finding out that Eagle had seemingly "perished" at the hands of Ultratech. Thunder was initially very upset by this, and spent a long deal of time mourning during the events of Killer Instinct 2. Meanwhile, Eagle as Fulgore had been heavily damaged during his fight with Jago and he was retired. It is unknown if the new Fulgore model present in Killer Instinct 2 was Eagle or not.

On another note, in Thunder's ending in the first Killer Instinct, a ghastly image of Spinal is shown rising from Eagle's grave upon mention. It may very well be that Spinal was either originally intended to be an undead Eagle, or was there as a placeholder, or (more likely) that he had something to do with his disappearance. His true fate in the original universe remains unknown to this day.


Killer Instinct (Season 3)

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Page Updated:  Feb. 3rd, 2021

I like the "idea" of Eagle... being the brother of Chief Thunder and all. He has a cool look, but his in-game animations leave much to be desired. I like the fact that he can shoot an arrow at 3 trajectories at will, but his basic attack and walking animations are JANK. His default stance makes him look like he's crouching, but is he crouching? His legs seem too long for his body and seem to move like clay. I call it the "Gumby Legs" effect. It looks weeeeird.

His combo style and other special moves are a mixed bag. I like his mech hawk and how he incorporate it into combos, although it seems kinda easy and the gimmick has been done before. (Ohh hi Strider Hiryu.) Eagle's combos definitely aren't as fun to watch or are as unique as Killer Instinct veterans and even other newcomers in KI2013. In my opinion, he's a pretty low-tier KI character in terms of originality.

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