The Best Capcom Characters

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10. Viewtiful Joe

Viewtiful Joe is a video game developed by Capcom’s Production Studio 4 for the Nintendo GameCube. It was originally released in 2003 as a part of the Capcom Five under director Hideki Kamiya and producer Atsushi Inaba. Viewtiful Joe was later ported to the Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) by the same design team under the name Clover Studio. The Japanese version of the PS2 release is subtitled Aratanaru Kibō.

The game’s story concerns Joe, an avid movie-goer whose girlfriend Silvia is kidnapped during a film starring Joe’s favorite superhero, Captain Blue. Joe is shortly thereafter thrust into Movieland, where Silvia is taken by the villainous group known as Jadow. After accepting a special V-Watch from Captain Blue, Joe transforms into the tokusatsu-style persona “Viewtiful Joe” and sets out to rescue her.

9. Jill Valentine

Jill Valentine first appears as one of two playable protagonists in the original Resident Evil game. Along with Chris Redfield, she is a member of STARS Alpha team, with background in the U.S. Army’s Delta Force. Alpha team were deployed to investigate a series of bizarre murders in the Arklay Mountains, where they discover and enter the Umbrella Corporation’s Arklay Research Facility. Jill initially works with Barry Burton, as they inspect the mansion and discover its undead residents. She and Chris discovered that STARS leader Albert Wesker had betrayed them, and after defeating the Tyrant released by Wesker, Jill escaped the mansion along with Chris, Barry, Bravo team member Rebecca Chambers, and Alpha team pilot Brad Vickers.

She is also the sole protagonist in Resident Evil: Genesis, an alternative-story version of this game. Jill returns as the sole protagonist in Nemesis, where she fights alongside Carlos Oliveira, an Umbrella mercenary soldier who is attempting to escape Raccoon City. Jill encounters Nemesis, a super soldier created by the Umbrella Corporation. After several encounters with the creature, she is able to defeat it and escape Raccoon City before the city is destroyed. Jill then appears in Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles where she works with Chris Redfield to expose and destroy the Umbrella Corporation. She and Chris defeat Umbrella’s newest Bio-Organic Weapon, TALOS, and survive the ordeal.

8. Felicia

Felicia is a fictional character in the Darkstalkers series of video games. Created by Capcom, she first appeared in the original Darkstalkers video game and its subsequent sequels, later appearing in other Capcom games outside of the Darkstalkers series and related media and merchandise. Felicia is voiced by Kae Araki in video games, Lisa Ann Beley in the cartoon series, and by Yukana Nogami in the Japanese anime series and Janyse Jaud in the English dub.

Early in the development of Darkstalkers, the development team decided to have two female characters: a catwoman and a vampiress, characters who would become Felicia and Morrigan respectively. Initially, Felicia was intended to be the “sexy” female character of the title, while the vampiress would be the “cute” female character. However, as Morrigan’s design took on a tone that emphasized sexiness(she was changed to a succubus), Felicia’s character concept was altered accordingly.

7. Chun Li

Chun-Li is a video game character produced by Capcom. First introduced in Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, she has since appeared as a player character in nearly all subsequent games. Her name in Mandarin is, meaning that she is a single young girl filled with the beauty of spring.

An undercover Interpol agent, Chun-Li enters Street Fighter II ‘s fighting tournament as a way of getting to its founder, M. Bison. She seeks to avenge her father, who was murdered while investigating Bison’s crime syndicate, Shadaloo. Her signature move is the Hyakuretsu Kyaku, commonly known as the Lightning Kick, which involves repeatedly kicking her opponent from a tilted standing position. Chun-Li is notable for being the first female playable character in a fighting game, and has acquired the nickname “First Lady of Fighting Games” among enthusiasts.

6. Ken

Ken Masters is a video game character created by Capcom. As a main character, he has appeared in all of the Street Fighter games along with his best friend and rival, Ryu. Like Ryu, Ken’s goal is to test his power against many different fighters and strive to become stronger. Since the original Street Fighter, Ken has been consistently depicted with neck-length blond hair, black eyebrows and wears a red sleeveless keikogi with a black belt.

In the original Street Fighter, Ken fought barefooted (unlike his rival Ryu, who originally wore red slippers and began fighting barefooted in subsequent games) and wore yellow arm bands instead of gloves. In Street Fighter II his appearance remained mostly unchanged from the original, with his yellow arm bands replaced by brown gloves. In concept art for the original Street Fighter II, the sleeves on Ken’s gi are depicted to had been cut seamlessly from his tunic (in contrast to Ryu’s sleeves, which feature a more torn appearance).

5. Phoenix Wright

Phoenix Wright, known as Ryūichi Naruhodō in original Japanese language versions, is a fictional defense attorney in Capcom’s Ace Attorney video game series. As of 2008, the series has sold 3 million copies and is Capcom’s 11th best-selling series of all time. Phoenix has been featured as the main protagonist in three games of the series and appears as a playable character in the fourth.

The character has also appeared in a manga adaptation of the series and a Japanese musical. At the time of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Phoenix is a rookie defense attorney, who usually accepts murder cases, attempting to exonerate his clients when there is seemingly incontrovertible evidence and testimony against them. Described as “goofy and single-minded”, he often encounters unusual situations. Rather than simply arguing his case, Phoenix uses detective skills to gather relevant evidence and investigate the crime scene.

Beginning as a partner of fellow attorney Mia Fey, he becomes the guardian of her younger sister and spirit medium, Maya, after Mia is murdered, and takes ownership of the law firm. After being tricked into presenting forged evidence and subsequently disbarred, he adopts the young magician Trucy Enigmar as his daughter, and becomes a “talent agent”, hiring Apollo Justice. Phoenix later becomes the chair of the “Jurist System Simulated Court Committee”, overseeing the first addition of jurors to the fictional justice system.

4. Strider Hiryu

Strider Hiryu is a fictional character jointly owned by Capcom and Moto Kikaku. Although primarily known as a game character, Strider Hiryu debuted in 1988 as the protagonist of a self-titled manga published exclusively in Japan by Kadokawa Shoten. He made his first video game appearance in the 1989 coin-operated video game Strider, which was followed by the release of an NES video game based on the manga released exclusively in North America during the same year.

Since his debut, Hiryu has appeared in various video games produced by Capcom. In most versions of the Strider story, Hiryu is an elite-class member of a group of ninja-like agents known as the “Striders”, who specializes in various kinds of wetworks such as espionage, sabotage, and assassinations. His signature weapon is his “Cypher”, a plasma-generating blade with a tonfa-like handle.

3. Dante

Dante is the fictional protagonist of the Devil May Cry video game series published by Capcom. The character and Devil May Cry are one of Capcom’s flagship game franchises, which has sold over nine million copies worldwide as of 2008 and currently spans four video games. Dante has been featured as the main protagonist in the first three games of the series and is a playable character in the fourth game. The character also appears in several Devil May Cry novels and manga volumes, and is featured in a 2007 anime. Dante is a mercenary dedicated to exterminating devils and demons, a mission he follows in pursuit of those that killed his mother and corrupted his brother.

He is the son of Sparda, a demon of great power that rebelled against the demon emperor and defeated his army. As a result of his demonic heritage he possesses numerous superhuman abilities which he uses in combination with a variety of weapons to accomplish his goals. The character was designed to fit Devil May Cry game developer Hideki Kamiya’s vision of a “cool and stylish” man, and his personality was based on the titular character of manga series Cobra. The character has been well received by gamers, and has often been listed as one of video gaming’s coolest characters.

2. Ryu

Ryu is a video game character created by Capcom, the main protagonist of the Street Fighter series. Premiering in the first Street Fighter, Ryu appears as the lead character from the game along with his best friend Ken participating in the Street Fighter tournament. Further games from the series show Ryu to be highly focused on his training, aiming to become the strongest he can. However, his powers also attract several criminals who want to use him for their plans.

Ryu has been the lead character of the Street Fighter series since the first game and has appeared in crossovers involving the franchise. He is also featured in manga from the series, anime adaptations and the 1994 live-action film.

Both Ryu and Ken are practitioners of a martial art rooted as an assassination style. Both Ryu and Ken learned their art from Gouken, who refined the style as a purely combative non-killing style. When Capcom localized the console versions of Street Fighter II in North America, Ryu and Ken’s common fighting style was listed as Shotokan Karate in the game’s instruction manual and related literature (although the term was not used in the Japanese version).

1. Mega Man

Mega Man, known as Rockman in Japan, is a cybernetic video game character, and the main protagonist of what has been referred to as the original Mega Man series developed by Capcom since 1987. The pixel art for the character was created by the designer of the original game in the series, credited under the pseudonym “A.K”, and later turned into a refined illustration by Keiji Inafune. Since then, he has become one of the company’s primary original characters and continues to be one of the video game industry’s most recognizable icons.

Having appeared on many gaming systems since the Nintendo Entertainment System, Mega Man has had a wide gaming audience, and his games continue to evolve with the ever-changing hardware demands of modern gaming systems. Mega Man’s fictional universe can be divided into seven categories, each featuring different variations and incarnations of a cyborg boy hero. Although “Mega Man”, or “Rockman”, is usually the name used to describe only the original Mega Man from the classic series, it can also be used less specifically to describe the Mega Man series of fictional works, or the group of adherently named main characters within.

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