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->''"Round One. Fight!"''
-->-- '''Announcer''', ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' and many others thereafter

'''Fighting Game''' refers to a game made up of duels between two character (or sometimes battles between four characters) typically fought using martial arts. They are typically styled after martial arts tournaments, with a number of selectable characters competing in one on one, or tag team style fights. The tournament can either be a ''regular'' tournament with just a title or mundane prize up for grabs, or [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the fate of the world]] can be [[SeriousBusiness hanging in the balance]]. A Fighting Game based on an {{anime}} will often take place during a TournamentArc.

The two most common play modes in a fighting game are Story Mode, in which you play as a single character trying to win the tournament and Versus, in which two or more players fight each other. Many recent games released on consoles have longer, more involved storylines and as such will have both the regular Story Mode and an Arcade Mode, which removes story-related elements and makes the opponent lineup more random.

Story Mode generally enables special [[ClimaxBoss boss]] characters, not available for player selection, after you defeat other, lesser characters. Bosses are either the previous tournament champions or the BigBad and his [[TheDragon Dragon]]. Or you may instead end the Story Mode fighting against another player character specifically designated as your character's rival. Some games have it both ways.

However, most people don't play Fighting Games for their single-player modes, at least today; rather, the multiplayer is the meat and potatoes of most any modern Fighting Game. If you go to a reputable arcade with Fighting Games, you'll often see many people playing them. Depending on your skill level, playing against a random opponent can range from very easy to NintendoHard; the latter especially if you're a new player. This is one of the reasons arcades rely on fighters for profit: instead of just playing the same stages or CPU-controlled opponents over and over, a player can come across opponents of all skill levels and styles, and it's this aspect that makes fighting games very popular for multiplayer and has given birth to the UsefulNotes/FightingGameCommunity. This is also one of the reasons that home versions come out far more often [[UsefulNotes/PCVsConsole on consoles]]; most PC monitors just aren't big enough for more than one person.

Generally the [[VideogameInterfaceElements interface]] consists of a LifeMeter with an optional ManaMeter of some kind, usually used for special power moves.

Early fighting games allowed the characters to move back and forth on a single axis, with some limited jumping. Modern games often have full 3D movement, with complex scenery that can be interacted with (for limited values of "interact" that include "throw through" and "beat heads against".)

Most Fighting Games give each character a set of special moves that are activated through different button command sequences. While one or two of these will sometimes be high power moves that drain the aforementioned ManaMeter, most of these can be executed at any time. These aren't SecretAIMoves; your computer opponents ''will'' assume you can use them and ''will'' use them themselves. Still, [[GuideDangIt don't expect the game to actually tell you what they are]], especially for any secret characters you may find.

See FightingSeries for the non-video game equivalent. SuperTrope to [[PlatformFighter Platform Fighters]], which are based more on dynamic stage elements and maneuverability, and often allow more than two players at a time. Another SubTrope is MascotFighter, which is distinguished by having characters drawn from one or more pre-existing franchises and which usually overlaps with PlatformFighter. WrestlingGame is another SubTrope, with more realistic fighting style and aiming to replicate a ProfessionalWrestling show

If you walk around a level fighting against many opponents at once using techniques similar to a Fighting Game, it's a BeatEmUp. Though fighting games were once commonly described as 1-on-1 beat-'em-ups, and there were some attempts in the '80s, before fighting games became popular, to mix the two genres, nowadays they are regarded as different as apples and oranges.

For the tropes generally common in these games, see FightingGameTropes.
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!!Examples:

[[index]]
* ''[[VideoGame/{{SUGURI}} Acceleration of SUGURI]]''
** ''[[VideoGame/{{sora}} Acceleration of SUGURI 2]]''
* ''VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo''
* ''VideoGame/AggressorsOfDarkKombat''
* ''VideoGame/AirDashOnline''
* ''VideoGame/AkatsukiBlitzkampf''
* ''VideoGame/{{Aquapazza}}''
* ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart''
* ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting''
* ''VideoGame/Asuka120Percent''
* ''VideoGame/AsuraSeries''
* ''VideoGame/AvatarFighterOnline''
* ''VideoGame/{{Ballz}}''
* ''VideoGame/BattleArenaToshinden''
** ''War Budokai''
* ''VideoGame/{{Battle CAPacity}}''
* ''VideoGame/BattleFantasia''
* ''VideoGame/BattleHigh''
* ''VideoGame/BattleMonsters''
* ''VideoGame/BigBangBeat''
* ''VideoGame/BikiniKarateBabes'' (The UrExample of [[Main/PantyFighter Panty Fighters]], oddly enough)
* ''VideoGame/BioFreaks''
* ''VideoGame/TheBlackHeart''
* ''VideoGame/BladesOfOthersides''
* ''VideoGame/{{Blandia}}''
* ''VideoGame/BladeSymphony''
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue''
** ''[[VideoGame/BlazBlueCalamityTrigger BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger]]''
** ''VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift''
** ''[[VideoGame/BlazBlueChronoPhantasma BlazBlue: Chronophantasma]]''
** ''[[VideoGame/BlazblueCentralFiction Blazblue: Central Fiction]]''
* ''VideoGame/BloodStorm''
* ''VideoGame/BloodWarrior''
* ''VideoGame/BloodyRoar''
* ''VideoGame/BrokenInTheBalance''
* ''VideoGame/BrutalPawsOfFury''
* ''VideoGame/BurikiOne''
* ''VideoGame/BushidoBlade''
** ''Bushido Blade 2''
* ''VideoGame/CapcomFightingEvolution'' (also known as ''Capcom Fighting Jam'')
* CapcomVsWhatever, when "whatever" refers to another fighting game company:
** VideoGame/SNKVsCapcom
*** ''VideoGame/SNKVsCapcomMatchOfTheMillennium''
*** ''VideoGame/CapcomVsSNKMillenniumFight2000''
*** ''VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2MarkOfTheMillennium''
*** ''VideoGame/SNKVsCapcomSVCChaos''
** ''VideoGame/StreetFighterXTekken''
* ''VideoGame/CapoeiraFighter''
* ''VideoGame/CardSagaWars''
* ''VideoGame/CardinalSyn''
* ''VideoGame/CartoonNetworkPunchTimeExplosion''
* ''The Chainsaw Incident''
* ''VideoGame/ChaosCode''
* ''VideoGame/{{Clayfighter}}''
* ''VideoGame/CombatOfGiants''
* ''VideoGame/TheCon''
* ''VideoGame/{{Criticom}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Cyberbots}}''
* ''VideoGame/DaemonBride (by the Arcana Heart developers)''
* ''VideoGame/DarkRift''
* ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}''
* ''Franchise/DeadOrAlive''
** ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive5''
* ''VideoGame/DefJamSeries''
* ''VideoGame/DengekiBunkoFightingClimax''
* ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''
* ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy2015''
* ''VideoGame/{{Divekick}}''
* ''VideoGame/DongDongNeverDie''
* ''VideoGame/DoomsdayWarrior''
* ''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse''
** ''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse2''
* ''VideoGame/DragonBallZBudokai''
* ''VideoGame/DragonBallZBudokaiTenkaichi''
* ''VideoGame/DreamMixTVWorldFighters'' (Crossover between {{Konami}}, Hudson Soft, and Takara)
* ''VideoGame/DuelSaviorDestiny''
* ''VideoGame/{{Ehrgeiz}}''
* ''VideoGame/ElementalBattleAcademy'' (A mix of Fighting game with Third-person Shooting elements)
* ''VideoGame/EternalChampions'':
* ''VideoGame/EternalFighterZero''
* ''VideoGame/EvilZone''
* ''VideoGame/FatalFury''
* ''VideoGame/FateUnlimitedCodes''
* ''VideoGame/FightersDestiny''
* ''VideoGame/FightersHistory''
* ''VideoGame/FightersMegamix''
* ''VideoGame/FightingAngels''
* ''VideoGame/FightingLayer''
* ''VideoGame/FightingMasters''
* ''VideoGame/FightingVipers''
* ''Fight 'N' Jokes''
* ''VideoGame/FistOfTheNorthStarTwinBlueStarsOfJudgment''
* ''VideoGame/ForsakenChronicle''
* ''VideoGame/ForsakenChronicleVs15Blades''
* ''VideoGame/FuunSeries'' (''Savage Reign'' and ''Kizuna Encounter'')
* ''VideoGame/GetAmped''
* ''VideoGame/GlobalChampion''
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''
* ''Godzilla Atari Trilogy'':
** ''VideoGame/GodzillaDestroyAllMonstersMelee''
** ''VideoGame/GodzillaSaveTheEarth''
** ''VideoGame/GodzillaUnleashed''
* ''VideoGame/GodzillaMonsterOfMonsters''
* ''VideoGame/GundamVsSeries''
* ''VideoGame/GundamWingEndlessDuel''
* ''VideoGame/{{Hammerfight}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Homestrife}}''
* ''VideoGame/HiryuNoKen''
* ''VideoGame/IndieBrawl''
* ''VideoGame/JackieChanTheKungFuMaster''
* ''VideoGame/JingiStorm''
* ''VideoGame/JoyMechFight''
* ''VideoGame/KakutoChojin''
* ''VideoGame/KarateChamp'' - the UrExample
* ''VideoGame/KartFighter'' (an unlicensed game featuring ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' characters)
* ''VideoGame/KasumiNinja''
* ''VideoGame/KenseiSacredFist''
* ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct''
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''
* ''VideoGame/TheLastBlade''
* ''VideoGame/LightningLegendDaigoNoDaibouken''
* ''VideoGame/LittleFighter2''
* ''VideoGame/MaceTheDarkAge''
* ''VideoGame/MadStalkerFullMetalForce''
* ''VideoGame/MagicalBattleArena''
* ''VideoGame/MagicalBattleArenaNEXT''
* ''VideoGame/MagicalChaserStardustOfDreams''
* ''VideoGame/MartialMasters''
* ''VideoGame/TheMastersFighter''
* ''Videogame/MegabytePunch''
* ''VideoGame/MeltyBlood''
* ''VideoGame/MillionKnightsVermillion''
* ''Franchise/MortalKombat''
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombat1''
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2''
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3''
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4''
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance''
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception''
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon''
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse''
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX''
* ''VideoGame/{{MUGEN}}''
* ''VideoGame/MyBrute''
* ''DarthWiki/NekoBlade''
* ''VideoGame/NeoGeoBattleColiseum''
* ''VideoGame/NinjaWarz''
* ''VideoGame/NitroplusBlasterzHeroinesInfiniteDuel''
* ''VideoGame/OneMustFall''
* ''VideoGame/PhantomBreaker''
* ''VideoGame/PhotoDojo''
* ''VideoGame/PitFighter''
* ''VideoGame/PlayStationAllStarsBattleRoyale''
* ''VideoGame/PowerInstinct''
* ''VideoGame/PowerStone''
* ''VideoGame/PrayForDeath''
* ''VideoGame/PrimalRage''
* ''VideoGame/ProjectG''
* ''VideoGame/ProjectM''
* ''VideoGame/PsychicForce''
* ''VideoGame/RageOfTheDragons''
* ''VideoGame/RakugakiShowtime''
* ''VideoGame/RedEarth''
* ''VideoGame/RiseOfTheRobots''
* ''VideoGame/RisingThunder''
* ''VideoGame/RivalsOfAether''
* ''VideoGame/RivalSchools''
* ''VideoGame/RumbleFighter''
* ''VideoGame/TheRumbleFish''
* ''VideoGame/RumblePack''
* ''VideoGame/RumbleRoses''
* ''VideoGame/SamuraiGunn''
* ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown''
* ''VideoGame/SangoFighter''
* ''VideoGame/SaturdayNightSlamMasters'' (the third game, especially)
* ''VideoGame/SenkoNoRonde''
* ''Senor Footsies''
* ''VideoGame/ShadowWarOfSuccession''
* ''VideoGame/ShaqFu''
* ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}''
* ''VideoGame/SlapHappyRhythmBusters''
* ''VideoGame/SNKGalsFighters''
* ''VideoGame/SonicBattle''
* ''VideoGame/SonicTheFighters''
* ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'' (includes ''Soul Edge'' and the ''Soul Calibur'' games)
* ''VideoGame/StarGladiator''
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' (series)
** ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'' (the first game)
** ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' (TropeCodifier)
** ''VideoGame/StreetFighterTheMovie''
** ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha''
** ''VideoGame/StreetFighterEX''
** ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII''
** ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV''
** ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV''
* ''VideoGame/SuperCosplayWarUltra''
* ''VideoGame/SuperGemFighter''
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotSpirits''
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashFlash''
* ''VideoGame/TattooAssassins''
* ''VideoGame/TechRomancer''
* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}''
* ''VideoGame/TerrordromeTheGameRiseOfTheBoogeymen''
* ''VideoGame/ThemsFightinHerds''
* ''VideoGame/ThrillKill''
* ''VideoGame/TimeKillers''
* ''VideoGame/{{Timeslaughter}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Tobal}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Toribash}}''
* ''VideoGame/TransformersBattleUniverse''
* ''VideoGame/UnderNightInBirth''
* ''VideoGame/TheUnholyWar''
* ''VideoGame/VanguardPrincess''
* ''VideoGame/VegetableGame''
* ''VideoGame/VirtuaFighter''
* ''VideoGame/VirtualOn''
* ''VideoGame/VoltageFighterGowcaizer''
* ''VideoGame/WakuWaku7''
* ''VideoGame/WarGods''
* ''VideoGame/WarOfTheMonsters''
* ''The Way Of The Exploding Fist''
* ''VideoGame/WayOfTheWarrior''
* ''VideoGame/{{Weaponlord}}''
* ''VideoGame/WindyXWindam''
* ''VideoGame/WindomXP''
* ''VideoGame/WonderfulWorld''
* ''VideoGame/WorldHeroes''
* ''VideoGame/WWFWrestleManiaTheArcadeGame''
* ''VideoGame/XuanDouZhiWang''
* ''VideoGame/{{Yatagarasu}}''
* ''VideoGame/YieArKungFu''
* ''Zero Divide''
[[/index]]

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!!Licensed fighting games include:

* ''[[VideoGame/BattleStadiumDON Battle Stadium D.O.N.]]'' (crossover with ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', ''Manga/OnePiece'' and ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' characters)
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' (''Blade of Fate'', ''Dark Souls'', and the ''Heat the Soul'' series)
* VideoGame/CapcomVsWhatever, when it involves a property outside fighting games. To wit:
** ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom''
*** ''VideoGame/XMenVsStreetFighter''
*** ''VideoGame/MarvelSuperHeroesVsStreetFighter''
*** ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcomClashOfSuperHeroes''
*** ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2''
*** ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''
** ''VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom''
* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaJudgment''
* ''[[VideoGame/ChoAniki Cho Aniki: Bakuretsu Ranto Hen]]''
* ''Series/DeadliestWarrior''
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}''
** ''VideoGame/DigimonRumbleArena''
** ''VideoGame/DigimonBattleSpirit''
* ''Franchise/DoubleDragon V: The Shadow Falls'' for SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem, UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis and AtariJaguar, based on the WesternAnimation/DoubleDragon cartoon.
** There's also a ''Double Dragon'' game for the Neo-Geo, loosely based on [[Film/DoubleDragon the movie]].
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ''
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' (aka ''Hokuto no Ken'')
* ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs''
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''
** ''VideoGame/JojosBizarreAdventureAllStarBattle''
** ''VideoGame/JojosBizarreAdventureHeritageForTheFuture''
* ''VideoGame/JumpSuperStars''
** ''Jump Ultimate Stars''
** ''J-Stars Victory Vs.''
* ''[[Franchise/JurassicPark Warpath Jurassic Park]]''
* ''VideoGame/JusticeLeagueTaskForce''
* ''VideoGame/KamenRiderClimaxHeroes''
* ''VisualNovel/KoihimeMusou'': ''Shin Koihime Musou ~ Otome Taisen: Sangokushi Enji'' (Roughly: Shin Koihime Musou ~ Maiden Match: Romance Of The Three Kingdoms).
* ''{{Legend of the Dragon}}''
* ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable'' - ''The Battle of Aces'' and ''The Gears of Destiny''
* ''VideoGame/MarvelContestOfChampions''
* ''VideoGame/MarvelSuperHeroes''
* ''VideoGame/MyLittlePonyFightingIsMagic''
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
** ''[[VideoGame/NarutoClashOfNinja Clash of Ninja]]'' series
** ''Ultimate Ninja'' series, such as ''VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2''
** ''VideoGame/NinjaDestiny'' series
* ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena''
** ''VideoGame/Persona4ArenaUltimax''
* ''VideoGame/PokkenTournament'' (a.k.a. "''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}''")
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''
* ''Anime/SailorMoon''
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya''
* ''[[VideoGame/StarWarsMastersOfTerasKasi StarWars: Masters of Teras Kasi]]''
* ''VideoGame/SundayVSMagazineShuuketsuChoujouDaikessen''
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' (the ''[[VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesTournamentFighters Tournament Fighters]]'' series and ''[[VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesSmashUp TMNT: Smash-Up]]'')
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' (the spinoff games ''Immaterial and Missing Power'', ''Scarlet Weather Rhapsody'', ''Hisoutensoku'', ''Hopeless Masquerade'' and ''Urban Legend In Limbo'')
* ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' live-action film series
* ''Franchise/WhenTheyCry''
** ''[[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Higurashi]] Day[[color:red:b]]reak''
** ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' (''Ougon [[color:red:Mu]]sou Kyoku'')
* ''VideoGame/WarpathJurassicPark''
* ''VideoGame/XMenChildrenOfTheAtom''
** Both ''VideoGame/MutantAcademy'' games.
** ''VideoGame/XMenNextDimension'', the spiritual successor to the ''Mutant Academy'' games.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''

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'''K.O.'''
''Troper Wins!''

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