What's better than Guilty Gear's Ky Kiske? Ky Kiske as a robot, of course! In Guilty Gear XX, Robo Ky was just a stronger and faster palette swap of the original Ky. However, every Guilty Gear game since then has portrayed Robo Ky as an entirely different character with a strange robotic move set. The reason he makes this list, though, is his super meter. It used an entirely different mechanic from every other character in the game. It was an interesting piece of game design that thought outside the box. It also paved the way for characters like Hakumen and Phoenix Wright, who used their own wonky systems separate from the basic game mechanics of their fighting game of origin.
Devil Jin gets on this list for sheer awesomeness factor. Ever since Jin Kazama was announced as a Tekken character, fans were waiting to see if he too would be possessed by the devil like his father Kazuya. They got their wish in Tekken 3 during Jin's ending. However, even though this was Devil Jin's first appearance, it would be two whole games before he finally became playable. Ever since Tekken 5, Devil Jin has been one of the most powerful forces in the Tekken universe, and now even the Street Fighter universe with Street Fighter X Tekken coming out.
Marth is the poster boy for the phrase "top-tier." Originally a hidden character in Super Smash Bros. Melee, he was not only one of the best characters in the game, but he also became a sort of unofficial mascot (along with Sheik and Fox) for hardcore players. In fact, people were enamored with Marth so much that an incredible buzz built up around Fire Emblem, his game of origin. It could be said that it was Marth's fault that Fire Emblem first made it to America, and that he's why we still get to play the turn-based strategy franchise to this day.
Reptile is an interesting hidden character because his first appearance in Mortal Kombat wasn't as a hidden unlockable character, but rather a hidden fightable character. Since the design team already had a blue ninja and a yellow ninja, it was only natural that a green ninja should be in the game somewhere. Lo and behold, if you completed a truly absurd list of pre-requisites, you were able to fight Reptile at the bottom of the pit, where he had all the skills of both Scorpion and Sub-Zero combined. Then, when Mortal Kombat 2 came out, Reptile got his own move set and we started looking to the hidden Noob Saibot and Smoke. This tradition of multi-colored ninjas continues through Ermac, Rain, Chameleon, and more, but it was Reptile that started it all.
How could anyone but Akuma, the inheritor of the Satsui no Hadou, make the top of this list? He was not only one of the first hidden fighting game characters to have ever been created, but he is still one of the most popular. He found his way into Street Fighter games, X-Men games, vs. games of all kinds, and is still one of the most iconic fighting game characters of all time. He threw the first air-fireball, showed us the Raging Demon, and continues to grow stronger in his Shin Akuma and Oni forms. He created the glass cannon archetype, and he remains top-tier in nearly every game he has ever been in. He even murdered M. Bison, for Pete's sake! He is easily the best hidden fighting game character of all time.
Angelo M. D'Argenio
Date: February 22, 2012
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