Fighting Game characters who need to stay dead. -

Fighting Game characters who need to stay dead.

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Today we’re discussing characters in fighting games that are NOT fan favorites, in fact they might be fan LEAST favorites. Based on a discussion in my Discord, these are characters that have a dedicated base of players who don’t want them to return in future games. From oppressive top tiers to annoying character designs, what do you think? Let me know your choices down in the comments!

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0:00 intro
2:01 Rufus (sf4)
3:59 Arakune (blazblue)
5:41 Abel (sf4)
8:41 Zappa (Guilty Gear)
10:39 Juri (sf6)
12:54 My pick (secret)


  1. As an Arakune player: haters can seethe, mald, get bent, and cry about it. 5Cs their tears

  2. I think it’s safe to say that all the kombat kids from mortal kombat should never come back but then I was gonna say except takaeda but he is coming back so hell yeah

  3. Rufus is one of my favorite joke character and I would welcome him whole-heartidly in the future along with r. mika, and Dudley

  4. Click Bait list, shouldn't be based on gameplay. Whoever said zappa was just constantly losing to him 😂.

  5. you know me, jm crofts, fighting game content creator, likes this thing call street fighter. thats why i'm so excited for this mobile rpg.

  6. "luke and abel are generic. now mr karate gi who hasn't gotten a new special move since alpha? there's an interesting bloke."

  7. You forgot Crimson Viper. May she never come back.

  8. I think some of these are characters that scare people too, like Arakune is horrific and Zappa is a possessed dude.

  9. like all degenerates as soon as seth got turned into a woman everybody was like oh seth mommy proving once again sex sells

  10. Zappa is one of my most favorite characters ever

  11. I love good Rep! but Rufus could not be worse rep, imagine if you add a black character that's just black face and is just overall a disgusting stereotype, Rufus is making fun of fat people like Gragas is. So I'll take same body anime face syndrome over literally making fun of people, same issue with Jam in Guilty gear

  12. Rufus is a fun character and ahould come back. Unfortunately, the style of divekick that Rufus uses has been banned by Capcom devs, it seems. They've deliberately avoided including any of those characters again or having any new characters with that style of divekick. Just like they banned the Fei Long style of rekka and any characters using thay same input style.

  13. I never want to see again Urien in any shape or form or redisign, for me it is the characther so stupid,to fight against and see macthed, that even charge motions wont stop him for being a asshole with his move and tatics,hope he never return or take so long and wont make sf6 shit, the another one it is karin, pure bullshit in a form of a characther, in design and gameplay, sf5 she was a complete nightmare to fight against.

  14. Rufus is just an American basically, from looks to personality. Which is why everyone hates him.

  15. Juri is r34 bait, just fucking exhausting to look at lmfao

  16. I'm glad it looks like it's happened so far, but my pick is Kusaregedo from Samurai Shodown V. I hate his design, his moves, his story… I hate him.

    They did well with Earthquake. The big bad vulgar guy approach worked well! But they wanted to give him a replacement since he hasn't showed up in 3 or 4, so in 5… they made a new one. Yokai Kusaregedo. And I think he is the worst character in that series, and one of my least favorites as a whole.

  17. dont matter. they always come back different. cody seth main in sf4 hated both in sf5. so hate in past, maybe love newversion or vice versa

  18. I miss when Juri was a straight-up villain. She lost of lot of personality by just becoming a “streamer.”

  19. I find that Lei Wulong is a very fun character to play. So it always surprises me to hear the argument of "no one plays him" when he's brought up as a potential DLC pick.

  20. Completely disagree with Abel, I think he was cool. Hard to think of many sambo style guys in fighting games, and he’s based on Fedor Emelianenko. My pick would be Remy, he’s waaaay more boring and generic imo

  21. I main Zappa and Arakune. Lol you can hate me now but i wont stop now. Because i cant stop now.

  22. The problem with fighting game characters nowadays is rooted in what fighting games (and games in general) became. Back in the day, you could have a weirdo character, like Blanka, being introduced and becoming a staple to the series way easier than nowadays. Games were "static". What was released was what you got. Nowadays, games have become something that warrants constant attention paid to, not a "release and start developing another game/the next entry in the series". Add Esports to that, and you have in place a system that culls anything that's not an instant hit (like Reina, Juri, Leroy or Rashid).
    "And why does that happen?" You might ask. Well, nowadays, games are software kept alive and functional through online connection to the devs hq. Whenever a game is released, soon enough there are things that need to be fixed and patched. Competitive play (and Esports) is also factored, so the roster might be completely rebalanced after a patch or at the beginning of a "new season". Now let's look back at characters like Rufus or Alex (Tekken). Why would the company want to spend dev time and resources on eventual patches, rebalances, etc. on characters that "don't sell"?

  23. Abel is a character who every time I see him I'm like "oh yeah, i DO like Abel" and then as soon as he's off screen I forget he exists.

  24. I feel few or some characters should be mentioned:

    *F.A.N.G (self-explanatory)
    *Sylvie (KOF)
    *(Tied) Mina Majikina & Kusagedo
    *Bridget (self-explanatory)
    *(Tied) Arakune & Izanami

    I don't agree of putting Juri and Rufus on here.

  25. I’m sorry but I honestly like Abel and Rufus a lot they were 2 of the characters that I played with the most in street fighter 4 (sorry to disagree)

  26. i personally disagree with you abt luke people love luke

  27. i want juri to go away but it aint happenin

  28. my pick is guy but his losing quote is hillarious

    "profound sadness"

  29. Juri mains aren't even playing the same game as the rest of us. We're playing street fighter, they're playing feet fighter

  30. Dont remove juri, just remove her players 🙂

  31. 0 way Arakune doesn't return if there is a future BB title. He's Litchi's major counterpart for one, for two he's just a really cool fighting game character in concept. They really just need to make his curse mechanic less binary so he can win matches more reliably without curse, but you get to actually get to play the game if you get cursed. Everything else about him is awesome.

  32. the Juri pick is just cope literally just get better at the game

  33. I miss zappa more than I can say, and I never even played him in AC or AC+R. I first started maining him in vanilla GGXX when he was at roll tier, and he stayed there for 3 out of the 5 versions of GGXX. So I think he earned his tier placement for the last 2 games, and I pray everyday he comes back to strive (with venom as a close 2nd place)

  34. Juri and Bridget have the absolutely worst fanbases ever.

  35. Leaving a dislike for saying that Rufus should come back.

  36. There were a lot of bad Street Fighter 4 characters on top of the game just looking ugly in the first place. I have grown to like Rufus in terms of gameplay, and of course C. Viper and Juri were cool and Hakan is very unique (but I did hate him for a long time because he is pretty gross-looking). Gouken does not look like he fits for his role and Oni is okay, I guess.

  37. I donno if anyone has said this but if Capcom were to get their hands on Jojo's Bizarre Adventure again, I wouldn't want them to add Alessi.

  38. as someone who played sf4 on mute i never got why my characters would be called annoying (adon and rufus were some of my mains) now i have heard them with the sound on, i still don't get the hate

  39. alex is literally abel but with more personality

  40. Juri is a cool character even doe i never play with her

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