one is interesting... Both
Shodown 2 and Darkstalkers came out in 1994. Darkstalkers
introduced cat-girl Felicia in July and SS2 debuted cat-girl Cham Cham only a
few months later in October. Technically Felicia came first, but was this
a coincidence or did SNK come up with Cham Cham in less than 3
months (because they saw Felicia and wanted a cat-girl in their game
Judging by Cham Cham's fleshed out fighting style and other
"original" qualities... I highly doubt it.
However, the fact that Cham Cham's second player color in SS2
is "blue & white" (just like Felicia's default color) is ironic.
Even if they did create Cham Cham before even knowing about Felicia, SNK might
have whipped up that color on purpose... just to mess with Capcom. Just
a theory of mine.
Once again, they do fight very differently and are unique designs in their own
right. Also due to the fact that "cat-girls" are
popular anime archetypes, I'm calling coincidence on this one.
Garcia & Dan Hibiki
is a true "Capcom VS SNK 90's feud" classic... and one of the
first! in the awesome 90's, Capcom created Dan Hibiki to blatantly mock SNK's
Robert and the Kyokugen style (used also by Yuri & Ryo Sakazaki from Art
of Fighting). This was Capcom's "payback" for SNK's own rip-offs
from several Capcom's creations (some of which you'll find directlybelow).
& John Crawley
is one of SNK's original character "rip-offs" from the early
90's. After the huge success of Street Fighter 2, SNK had the audacity to create their own "blond-haired
army-guy," and even gave him a similar outdoors air base stage. The original Art of Fighting
came out just one year after Street Fighter 2 was released...
there's no denying it. SNK should
have just gone ahead and given John American flag tattoos as well.
It was shameless, even for the time, but that's SNK's "early days"
& Ken Masters
non fighting game fan probably couldn't even tell these two apart by
looks alone. Ken and Ryo have very different personalities and fighting
styles, although they do have some similar moves as well. It's also ironic
(and awesome) that they eventually appeared in the same game... more
than once at that! Whether or not the original dev-team of Art of
Fighting ever admitted it, they were definitely inspired from the
likes of Ryu & Ken when they created Ryo Sakazaki.
Bromwell & Terry Bogard
wasn't finished getting SNK back for all of their "copycat"
designs in the early 90's... ohh no. In
1997, Capcom unveiled Roy Bromwell in Rival Schools, whom is
clearly inspired by the likes of SNK icon, Terry Bogard. Not
only do their looks match, but Roy shares many of Terry's attacks in his
While some may "scoff" as this in a negative way, I always
enjoyed using Roy in Rival Schools because I formerly played Terry quite
a lot in KOF games.
In case you didn't notice, their names also share similarities... both first names end in "Y" and last names
start with "B"... Haha, niiice one Capcom.
Shiranui & Maki
Capcom? Still not done? Hahaha... actually, I think this one may not have been on purpose.
The "konoichi" outfit they both wear really isn't uncommon...
it's the color scheme that makes them seem so similar. You could describe Maki as simply a "female Guy"
from Final Fight 2, so her outfit also makes sense in that regard. There are some subtle differences here
and there, and their fighting styles are completely different, but
the resemblance is clear.
Hulk & Blanka
similarities here... they both suffer from the overly-green disease, both
wear shorts, both prefer being barefoot, and neither of them can speak
English very well.
They even have a
similar fighting stance in their respective games! lol. It was apparent that Capcom also realized
the likeness, as Blanka made a cameo in Hulk's MSH VS SF ending (below).
Good thing Blanka has that wild orange hair, or
else he might be mistaken as Hulk's retarded brother... or is Hulk the
retarded brother? Hmm, that's actually a tough one.
Mishima & Demitri Maximov
Z's Vegeta might've started the hairstyle, but Kazuya and Demitri didn't have much of a resemblance
(besides the pointy hair) when they debuted in their respective games.
Years later, Kazuya became more and more like a "vampire" and started wearing snazzy purple suits...
and thus, started to
The only difference between them these days (besides their fighting
styles) is that Demitri doesn't have eyebrows... but ironically enough, one of Kazuya's customizations in
Tekken 5: Dark
Resurrection allows him to have "no eyebrows".
And if that's not enough, they can both turn into alternate demon
creatures with wings! These two are most definitely separated at
birth, and I believe it's a pure coincidence.
Vulcano Rosso & Amano Hyo
"Elvis style"... slicked back hairstyles, sideburns, and snazzy
outfits... nothing much more to say here. Looks like the three big
character design companies (Namco, Capcom, and SNK) crossed paths yet
again, but I don't think they intentionally copied each others designs
here. Especially since all three of these fighters have vastly different
& Sol Badguy
see... they both
have spiky brown hair, a plate-like headband, a futuristic sword and
similar attire.... Coincidence? It's a tough call. Star Gladiator came
out in 1996 while the first Guilty Gear came out in 1998... were
the Guilty Gear designers closet Star Gladiator fans? Both designs
are definitely cool and original in their own right, but it wouldn't be
surprising for Arc System Works to look to Capcom for some inspiration.
Yagami & Remy
Yagami's Japanese goth style defined the King of Fighter series in
the mid 90's. When Capcom was looking for some inspiration for the last
installment of the Street Fighter III series in 1999, no doubt they
knew who Iori was. Hence, Remy definitely shares a likeness to Iori. They
even have similar "moody" personalities. The white symbol on his
black jacket is also similar to Iori's white crescent moon on his black
jacket. Even though they've got some things in common, they're definitely
a lot different also... and two awesome character designs if you ask me.